CLE and a Potomac River Dinner Cruise: Sailing Through Multijurisdictional Practice Ethical Issues

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 2.0

Live on Site: Friday, April 28 / The Mead Center for American Theater (Arena Stage)
Registration: 4:00 p.m.
Program: 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Boarding for Cruise Begins: 7:00 p.m.
Odyssey Dinner Cruise: 8:00 - 11:00 p.m.
MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 2.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 2.0 Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol


This Experience CLE includes:

  • A fun and interactive two-hour Ethics CLE at the Mead Center for American Theater
  • A three-course plated dinner cruise on the Potomac aboard the glass-enclosed Odyssey with live music and dancing, taking in the evening views of the national monuments along the Potomac River.
  • Guest tickets available for the dinner cruise! Cash bar available.

Join nationally acclaimed ethics authority Tom Spahn for an informative and entertaining ethics seminar. Then, head across the street to depart on a three-hour dinner cruise on the Potomac River. Limited space available!

This fun and interactive program will use hypotheticals to explore the ethical issues that can arise when lawyers practice law in states where they are not licensed.

Topics include:

  • The effect of lawyers practicing law in states where they are not licensed
  • The permissibility of lawyers giving advice about the law of states where they are not licensed
  • The ability to practice "virtually" in other states
  • Litigators' ability to be admitted in another state's court
  • Permissible temporary practice by lawyers in states where they are not licensed, in both the litigation and the transactional contexts
  • The rules governing lawyers moving permanently to another state
  • The ability of lawyers not licensed in the state where they practice to represent clients before federal agencies, in federal court, and in matters involving federal law
  • Limitations on in-house lawyers practicing in states where they are not licensed
  • The ability of foreign lawyers to practice in the U.S.
This Experience CLE is not available for discounts.



4:00 p.m. Registration begins outside the Molly Smith Study at the Mead Center
4:30 p.m. Sailing Through Multijurisdictional Practice Ethical Issues
6:30 p.m. Seminar concludes (link up with your guest, if applicable)
7:00 p.m. Boarding begins for the Odyssey at Gangplank Marina
8:00-11:00 p.m.

Dinner cruise on the Potomac



Thomas E. Spahn, McGuireWoods /McLean

Thomas E. Spahn practices as a commercial litigator with McGuireWoods in Tysons, 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 and the Virginia Law 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.


Locations, Dates and Fees


$265 regular registration (includes the seminar, printed materials, and the three-hour dinner cruise).

$390 regular registration, plus one guest for cruise (includes the seminar, printed materials, and the three-hour dinner cruise).


If you wish to purchase more than one guest ticket, please e-mail Rich at

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Washington, DC / Friday, April 28
Seminar: Molly Smith Study at The Mead Center for American Theater (Arena Stage) (Venue Website / Google Map)
1101 6th St SW

Cruise: Odyssey Cruises, Gangplank Marina (Venue Website / Google Map)
600 Water Street SW, Washington, DC

Registration Deadlines 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26, for registrations received by mail, fax, or phone; 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26, for online registration. Note that this program is subject to space availability on the ship and may sell out early.

Cancellations made after April 14, 2017, will incur a $125 cancellation fee for the cost of the cruise. If we find a replacement purchaser, we will refund you the cancellation fee. There will be no refund for cancellation requests made after 5:00 p.m. the DAY BEFORE the program.


The seminar will be held in the Molly Smith Study at the Mead Center, which is across the street from the Gangplank Marina, where the cruise departs. Upon arrival, please enter through the main entrance off 6th Street SW, and then turn left to head to the Molly Smith Study. Representatives from Virginia CLE® will be there to assist and check you in.

Upon conclusion of the seminar at 6:30 p.m., Virginia CLE® representatives will give you your cruise ticket(s) and be available to escort you across the street to the Gangplank Marina, where the boarding onto the Odyssey will commence at 7:00 p.m. The cruise departs at 8:00 p.m. Our group will have dinner tables together.

Hotel Rooms
A limited number of hotel rooms are being held for seminar attendees who desire them at a discounted rate at The Hyatt Place Washington, DC/National Mall, 400 E. Street SW Washington, DC 20024 for Friday, April 28. This room block is in place until March 29, or until the block is filled. Please either click on (or copy/paste to your browser) or call 1-888-421-1442 and reference “Virginia CLE” or Group Code G-VCLE when making your reservation.

Getting There
Please note that there is no dedicated parking provided for this seminar. We strongly encourage you to consider and coordinate your arrival options (as well as plans for any guests) well in advance.

Public Transportation
The Waterfront Metro Station (Green Line) is located one block east of the Mead Center at 4th and M Streets. Due to construction in the area, the best access from the Waterfront Metro Station to the Mead Center is via M Street. Note that the Metro closes at midnight. Stops for Metrobuses are located directly in front of the Mead Center, and across from and slightly north of the theater entrance.

The Mead Center webpage has options and suggestions for parking at The Odyssey website also has information at Since the Mead Center has a performance later that evening, you will not be able to park your car at the Mead Center and leave it there for the cruise. Parking for the cruise is available at the Gangplank Lot off Water Street on a first-come, first-served basis. The Gangplank Lot has about 60 spots. This parking, however, will not be open for cruise parking until approximately 6:30 p.m., when the seminar ends. This may be a good option for later-arriving guests.

If you wish to leave your car in one place for the seminar and the cruise, you may consider the off-site parking just a block away, across from the Safeway, at 1101 Fourth Street. The cost to park there is $22 all day, or $14 after 4:00 p.m. This garage normally closes at 11:00 p.m., but we have made arrangements to keep the garage open until after midnight. DO NOT PARK at the garage at 1100 Fourth Street — that garage will close at 11:00 p.m., and your car will be locked in.

Street parking is scarce around the Mead Center due to the current construction nearby on the Wharf. Allow extra time if you plan to park on the streets. Meter times and prices vary upon location and can be valid up to 10:00 p.m. in some locations.

Linking up with Your Guests
If a guest will be joining you for the cruise, we recommend linking up with them inside the Mead Center after the seminar. After entering the Mead Center, there is a small sitting area to the left, near the Molly Smith Study, where your guests can relax.

Attire for the Dinner Cruise: Collared shirts for men (jackets requested). For women, cocktail wear, a dressy-casual attire. Dark or dressy jeans are acceptable; however, no casual jeans, t-shirts, shorts, athletic shoes, or flip flops.

Cruise Route
Weather permitting, the Odyssey cruises beneath the Memorial Bridge past the Kennedy Center to Georgetown, and then returns to the Gangplank Marina

Inclement Weather Policy and Updates.

If you have a disability that requires special accommodation, please contact Virginia CLE® well in advance of the program date.

Private recording of this program is prohibited.

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