Tom Spahn on Ethical Issues Related to Civil Rights and Diversity (Online Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 2.0

MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 2.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Price: $140 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 3/31/2018


A pre-recorded streaming VIDEO replay of the April 2015 webcast, Tom Spahn on Ethical Issues Related to Civil Rights and Diversity.

Topics covered include:

  • Law firm management issues (including how to deal with colleagues' discrimination misconduct or bigoted supervising)
  • Marketing (including depictions that improperly show law firm diversity)
  • Dealing with clients (including public policy disagreements between lawyers and clients, representing unpopular clients, and lawyers' right to withdraw in the face of clients' desire to pursue offensive conduct)
  • Ethics rules' applicability to lawyers' non-legal bigoted activities
  • Discovery issues involved in civil rights litigation (including the ethical propriety of recording telephone calls and engaging in deceptive conduct to uncover discriminatory conduct)
  • Litigation issues (including ghostwriting pleadings, lawyers' obligation to comply with court orders and ability to challenge existing law)
  • Judicial issues (including judges' membership in discriminatory organizations and judicial bias)

This interactive program uses hypotheticals to explore numerous issues involving lawyers’ focus on diversity and advancing civil rights.

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.




Thomas E. Spahn, McGuireWoods / McLean

Thomas E. Spahn has practiced law as a commercial litigator with McGuireWoods since graduating magna cum laude from Yale University and receiving his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1977. He regularly advises a number of Fortune 500 companies on issues involving ethics, conflicts of interest, the attorney-client privilege, and corporate investigations. Mr. Spahn has received the Virginia Law Foundation’s highest award for Continuing Legal Education efforts; a special commendation from the Virginia State Bar “in recognition of his outstanding service to the Bar”; and The Virginia Bar Association’s William B. Spong, Jr. Professionalism Award and Walker Award of Merit. He is a member of the American Law Institute and a fellow of both the American Bar Foundation and Virginia Law Foundation. He was also selected as the 2013 metro-Washington, D.C. “Lawyer of the Year” for “Bet the Company Litigation” by The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White, Inc.).  Since 1988, Mr. Spahn has spoken at more than 1,300 CLE programs throughout the United States and in several foreign countries. He has served on the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility; on the Virginia State Bar Standing Committee on Legal Ethics; as the reporter for the committee that drafted Virginia’s Ethics Rules; as chairman of The Virginia Bar Association’s Professionalism Task Force and Commission on Professionalism; on the committee that revised Virginia’s lawyer discipline rules; on the faculty for the Professionalism Course that all new Virginia lawyers attend; and on the Virginia Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee. After personally reading, summarizing, and categorizing over 1,600 Virginia Bar Legal Ethics Opinions, Mr. Spahn made his work available to the public online through his bio page on the McGuireWoods website.

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