Litigation Ethics

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 2.0

Thursday, March 7, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
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Thursday, March 28, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
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MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 2.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 2.0 (all dates, all formats) Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
Registration Fee: $150

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Why Attend?

Featuring ethics superstars Ben DiMuro and Tom Spahn

  • Are you engaged in litigation? If so, can you answer these questions?

    • What can you say to the press about a pending case? Does it matter if the case is criminal or civil? Jury or judge-alone?
    • How far may a lawyer go in criticizing judges or their opinions?
    • May you advise your client to wear a body wire to record conversations?
    • What are the limits of surveillance of the opposing party?
    • Are there any instances where deceptive discovery practices are acceptable?
    • Under what circumstances can witnesses be paid?

Learn the answer to these and other questions, and avoid the consequences of a violation of the rules.

This interactive program uses hypotheticals to explore topics of interest to litigators (and transactional lawyers whose clients might face litigation) including such issues as: (1) lawyers’ communications (including talking to the press about cases and criticizing judges); (2) deceptive discovery tactics (including recording telephone calls, and use of admittedly deceptive tactics in public interest investigations such as housing discrimination tests, and in purely commercial investigations); (3) dealing with fact witnesses (including the permissibility of paying fact witnesses for their time, and preparing them for testimony); (4) claims (including “ghostwriting” pleadings, and filing knowingly time-barred claims); (5) settlements (including acceptable levels of deception during settlement negotiations, silence about the law and facts, and the enforceability of settlement agreements); (6) dealing with courts (including the duty to disclose unfavorable facts and law).

 

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Registration Deadlines:
Webcast: 10 minutes prior to seminar. If you register for a webcast the day of the seminar, your e-mail receipt will include a link to launch the seminar and download the materials.
Telephone: Online registration ends at 11:59 p.m. the day preceding the seminar
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Live on Site: Online registration ends at 11:59 p.m. the day preceding the seminar
Walk-in registration is permitted on a space-available basis

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation/transfer requests will be honored until 5:00 p.m. the day preceding the seminar. You will, however, be charged $40 if you cancel or transfer your registration to a different seminar after the link to the materials has been e-mailed by Virginia CLE.

Full refunds or transfers are available up to two days after a webcast in the unlikely event that you experience technical difficulties.

MCLE Credit Caveat: The MCLE Board measures credits by the time you spend in attendance. If you enter a seminar late or leave it early, or both, you must reflect those adjustments accurately in the credits you report on your credit reporting form. A code will be given at the end of the seminar, which must be written on your MCLE form.


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Schedule

COURSE SCHEDULE (March 7) (Eastern Time)

2:00 Litigation Ethics
4:00 Adjourn
  • Sign-in for live seminar attendees in Charlottesville begins at 1:30 p.m.
  • Q&A will be handled via chat room for Webcast attendees.
  • Q&A will be handled via e-mail for telephone seminar attendees.

COURSE SCHEDULE (March 28) (Eastern Time)

2:00 Litigation Ethics
4:00 Adjourn
  • Q&A will be handled via chat room for Webcast attendees.
  • Q&A will be handled via e-mail for telephone seminar attendees.

Faculty

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Bernard J. DiMuro, DiMuroGinsberg, P.C. / Alexandria

Bernard J. DiMuro is the managing partner of the Alexandria law firm of DiMuroGinsberg, P.C. He represents corporate and individual clients in complex civil litigation and professional responsibility cases. He has served on countless Bar committees, task forces, and boards as a member and chair throughout his career. From 2002 - 2003, Mr. DiMuro served as President of the Virginia State Bar. He lectures on professional responsibility and ethics, and litigation for Virginia CLE and many other organizations. Mr. DiMuro is a Fellow of the American Bar Association and the Virginia Law Foundation and he was recently named to the Virginia Lawyers Inaugural Hall of Fame.

Thomas E. Spahn, McGuireWoods / McLean

Thomas E. Spahn practices as a commercial litigator with McGuireWoods in Tysons Corner, Virginia.  Tom 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.  Tom has written extensively on attorney-client privilege, ethics and other topics, and has spoken at over 1,800 CLE programs throughout the U.S. and in several foreign countries.  Through links on his website bio, Tom has made available to the public: his summaries of over 1,600 Virginia and ABA legal ethics opinions, organized by topic; a 300 page summary of his two-volume 1,500 page book on the attorney-client privilege and work product doctrine; over 900 weekly email alerts about privilege and work product cases; materials for 40 ethics programs on numerous topics, totaling over 9,000 pages of analysis.  Tom graduated magna cum laude from Yale University and received his J.D. from Yale Law School. 

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