Why Proper Document Redaction May Be An Ethical Duty

Law360 (February 6, 2019, 3:52 PM EST) -- I began my legal career at a time when attorneys dictated documents more often than they do now. I remember receiving a dictaphone on my first day in the office and being told that I needed to learn how to use it. Senior attorneys would extoll the benefits that came from the verbal and mental exercise of dictating a document.

Many of those same attorneys, who eagerly trained this neophyte on how to use this tool of the legal trade, surprisingly boasted about being luddites, and about knowing only how to operate word processing programs. They left the bulk of the...

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