A pre-recorded streaming VIDEO replay of the October 2014 webcast, Tom Spahn on Confidentiality: The Scope and Strength of the Duty.
The duty of confidentiality is one of the broadest and strongest of all ethical duties. Can you answer these questions?
- Does it matter whether you received information from sources other than your client?
- Are confidences learned prior to the formal attorney-client relationship covered?
- If a confidence is also a matter of public record, may you disclose it?
- What is the relationship between confidentiality and the attorney-client privilege?
- Do your duties change with former clients? If the client dies?
- What limitations does confidentiality place on modern means of communication?
This two-hour interactive program will explore one of our profession's core duties—maintaining client confidences. Among other things, the program will address: the strength of the duty; the source, timing, and content of information lawyers must keep confidential (for instance, whether the duty covers information in the public record, or the disclosure of which would not harm the client); comparison with the attorney-client privilege; when the duty of confidentiality begins (in the context of unsolicited e-mails and interviews with prospective clients); when the duty ends; what steps lawyers must take to protect client confidences, especially in the context of electronic communications.
Tom Spahn’s reputation as the expert on ethics is well deserved. What isn’t as evident from his résumé is how good he is as a lecturer: enlightening and engaging, yet always focused on relevant, real-world problems and their solutions.
If you’re a “regular” at Tom’s seminars, you’ll not want to miss this offering. If you haven’t attended his seminars before, join us to see what you have been missing.
This is the first part of what he intends to be a multi-part seminar on all aspects of confidentiality—look for Part II in 2015.