Tom Spahn on Confidentiality: The Scope and Strength of the Duty (Online Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 2.0

MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 2.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Price: $135 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 9/30/2017


A pre-recorded streaming VIDEO replay of the October 2014 webcast, Tom Spahn on Confidentiality: The Scope and Strength of the Duty.

Why Attend?

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.


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Thomas E. Spahn, McGuireWoods / McLean (Expand/Collapse Bio)

Tom Spahn has practiced as a commercial litigator with McGuireWoods since graduating magna cum laude from Yale University and receiving his J.D. from Yale Law School. Among other things, he has tried cases involving James Madison’s birthplace and America’s most popular walking path. He has argued on behalf of a Central Asian republic in a New Delhi, India, Court, and taken depositions in Belfast, Northern Ireland. In March 2009, he was invited to Reykjavik, Iceland, to discuss an ethics issue on Iceland's leading news and interview show. Mr. Spahn regularly advises a number of Fortune 500 companies on issues involving ethics, conflicts of interest, the attorney-client privilege, and corporate investigations. He has written several editions of a book on the attorney-client privilege and the work product doctrine. The latest version is 750 pages long, and is accompanied by a 31,500-page compilation of approximately 18,900 case summaries (all of which he prepared). He also has written a book on Virginia defamation law, a book on ethics issues facing Virginia in-house lawyers, two other book chapters, and over 60 articles in Virginia and national publications.  The ABA’s General Practice Section honored his article on “Litigation Ethics in the Modern Age” as one of the “Best Articles Published by the ABA” in 2004.

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