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Duty of Technological Competence Focus of upcoming OCU Law Alumni Association CLE

By Darla Shelden, City Sentinel Reporter —

This story first appeared online on Nov. 15, 2020.

OKLAHOMA CITY – The fourth installment of the Fall CLE Series, sponsored by the Oklahoma City University School of Law Alumni Association, “Duty to Maintain Technical Competency,” will be presented by Alexandra Ah Loy, General Counsel at

Turn Key Health Clinics, LLC in Oklahoma City.

The program begins at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 10, and will take place online via Zoom. The event will provide participants with one hour of Continuing Legal Education credit.

In 2012, the ABA amended Comment 8 to the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 1.1 (“Competence”) to add that to maintain competence, lawyers must keep abreast of changes in the law and its practices, “including the benefits and risks associated with relevant technology,” effectively recognizing the duty of technological competence which had already been recognized by several courts and state ethics bodies, according to the press release.

Most states have now adopted a form of this amendment to their respective Rules of Professional Conduct, the release stated.

“I’m on the board for the OCU Law Alumni Association, and as part of our program expansions we are working to offer CLEs to our Alumni Association members (free with a membership) and also to fellow practitioners at a small cost,” Loy said.

“My CLE discusses the amendment to the Oklahoma Rules of Professional Conduct which acknowledges the duty of technological competence as a component of attorney competency,” she added. “I’ll be discussing rulings and advisory opinions interpreting that duty from various ethics bodies and courts across the nation.”

This CLE explores the various interpretations of the duty of technological competence and its evolving impact upon the practicing attorney.

“We are blessed to have many alumni who are not only experts in their various fields of practice, but are willing to share their expertise with alumni, students and the greater legal community,” said Monica Ybarra, corporate counsel for TBS Factoring Service and past chair of the OCU Law Alumni Association.

“We’re excited about the presenters and CLE topics that we’ve assembled for this series,” Ybarra added. “One of our top priorities is providing value to the alumni association membership. Providing free CLE through a safe delivery system is an ideal way to give back to our community during the pandemic.”

The next CLE planned for the fall will be held Thursday, Nov. 19 with Oklahoma State Representative Collin Walke, addressing mental wellness and mindfulness.

Each course is offered for $50. OCU Law Alumni Association members may attend any of the series for free and will receive a personalized invitation.  

To register, visit nov-10-cle.eventbrite.com.  
Founded in 1907, OCU School of Law has cultivated the legal leaders of a world-wide community. Home to many clinics and programs, OCU School of Law offers students immediate, real-world experiences in business, criminal and family law.

It serves a diverse student body of approximately 400. Oklahoma City University School of Law’s nearly 7,000 alumni practice in every state and several foreign countries.

The OCU School of Law is located at 800 N. Harvey, in downtown Oklahoma City.

For more information about the OCU School of Law and its clinics, visit law.okcu.edu.

Attorney Alexandra Ah Loy will present the fourth installment of the Fall CLE Series, “Duty to Maintain Technical Competency,” sponsored by the Oklahoma City University School of Law Alumni Association. Photo provided.