Tom Spahn on Confidentiality: Non-Clients' Misunderstandings and Mistakes (Online Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 2.0

MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 2.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Price: $140.00 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 9/30/2019


A pre-recorded streaming video replay from the October 2016 webcast, Tom Spahn on Confidentiality: Non-Clients' Misunderstandings and Mistakes.

Why Attend?

The duty of confidentiality is one of the broadest and strongest of all ethical duties. Can you answer these questions?

  • What are the limits on providing advice to unrepresented but potentially adverse persons?
  • Can you prepare documents for such a person to sign?
  • Where is the line between puffery and misrepresentation in negotiations?
  • When, if ever, can you correct an opposing party’s misunderstandings or mistakes?
  • When, if ever, can you correct the court’s misunderstandings or mistakes?

Join nationally known ethics expert Tom Spahn for this informative and entertaining seminar.

This two-hour interactive program will continue the exploration one of our profession's core duties—maintaining client confidences. Specifically, the program will explore lawyers’ confidentiality and disclosure duties in the context of non-clients’ misunderstandings and mistakes. Using hypotheticals, the program will address, among other things: the difference between ethics and professionalism; dealing with unrepresented persons who may misunderstand a lawyer’s role; negotiation ethics (including adversaries’ factual or legal misunderstandings, substantive mistakes, or scrivener's errors); litigators’ disclosure duties in the face of litigation adversaries’ or courts’ misunderstandings, mistakes, or scrivener's errors.

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 one of a multi-part seminar on all aspects of confidentiality. Tom Spahn on Confidentiality: Exceptions to the Duty is available as an online seminar. Look for the next installment in 2018: Tom Spahn on Confidentiality: Non-clients' Misconduct.





Thomas E. Spahn, McGuireWoods / McLean

Thomas E. Spahn practices as a commercial litigator with McGuireWoods in Tysons Corner, Virginia.  He was selected as the 2013 metro-Washington DC "Lawyer of the Year" for "Bet the Company Litigation" by The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White, Inc.).  He has served on the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, and is a Member of the American Law Institute and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.  Mr. Spahn has written extensively on attorney-client privilege, ethics, and other topics, and has spoken at over 1,400 CLE programs throughout the U.S. and in several foreign countries.  He graduated magna cum laude from Yale University and received his J.D. from Yale Law School.

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