Texas restricts who may be a law firm’s CIO

An ethics opinion out of Texas has received lots of criticism by deciding that non-lawyers cannot be chief technology or information officers in a law firm.

The decision is already being reconsidered, according to sources, based on the outcry it has received – and we must agree; restricting the ability of a law firm to hire and retain the best specialists will do nothing but further erode the ability of the traditional law firm to compete in a freer market – and despite the best efforts of bar associations to enact further trade restrictions on the practice, most see it as inevitable that the market for legal services will irrevocably change in our life-times (as is already happening in some other common-law countries.)



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