Tom Spahn on Confidentiality: Clients’ Past and Ongoing Misconduct (Online Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 2.0

MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 2.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Designation Credit: 2.0 Trial Practice/Litigation, 2.0 Ethics (Designations Information)
Price: $149 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 10/05/21


A pre-recorded streaming video replay of the October 2018 webcast, Tom Spahn on Confidentiality: Clients’ Past and Ongoing Misconduct.

Topics Covered

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

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

    • What should a lawyer do about a client’s prior fraud on a tribunal before, during, or after current representation?
    • What about a client’s continuing misconduct?
    • The lawyer’s silence causing an innocent person to remain incarcerated?
    • How can one distinguish between past and future misconduct?

This two-hour program will continue the exploration of one of our profession's core duties—maintaining client confidences. Specifically, the seminar will explore lawyers’ confidentiality and disclosure duties in the context of clients’ past or ongoing misconduct. Among other things, the program will address: lawyers’ possible duty to disclose clients’ past fraud on tribunals, or past misconduct in non-corporate and corporate settings; distinguishing between past and ongoing client misconduct (including fugitive clients); client crimes’ fruits and instrumentalities; lawyers’ silence which causes victims’ families anguish, or allows a wrongly convicted person to remain incarcerated; distinguishing between clients’ past and future misconduct.

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 fifth of a multi-part seminar on all aspects of confidentiality. Previous parts Tom Spahn on Confidentiality: Non-Clients' Misunderstandings and Mistakes and Tom Spahn on Confidentiality: Non-Clients’ Misconduct are available as online seminars. Look for the next installment in 2019.

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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.  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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