Environmental lawyers are regularly called upon to translate science into language that judges, other lawyers, bureaucrats, businesspeople, journalists and all other sorts can understand. This may be the most important thing we do for clients.

Last year, our Supreme Court amended Comment 8 to Rule of Professional Conduct 1.1 expressly to require lawyers to become knowledgeable about “technology.” But the court probably had information technology used in practice in mind, not the issue that faces environmental lawyers.

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