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Lawyer Ethics and Texting (Live Replay from February 19, 2021)


Text messaging has become a mainstream form of communication. Clients now routinely text their lawyers about pending matters. They may ask about the status of a case, provide facts about a case, communicate decisions to a lawyer, or message other sensitive information.

These messages are often to a lawyer's mobile phone that is used extensively for personal purposes, unsecured in their transmissions, and easily accessible by third parties. This new wave of lawyer-client communication raises many difficult ethical questions, including preservation of the attorney-client privilege.

This program provides a guide to the major ethics issues when lawyers and their clients text message about pending matters.

  • Confidentiality issues involving unsecured transmission of texts involving sensitive case issues
  • How to handle mobile phones used for both personal purposes and law practice
  • Potential loss of the attorney-client privilege when text messages are accessible by third parties
  • Tension among the duties of competence, prudence and to communicate with clients
  • Understanding the ethical risks and counseling clients about the risks to their case when texting

DETAILS
Phone/Audio
Thursday, August 5, 2021
1:00–2:00 PM

SPEAKERS

  • Thomas E. Spahn, McGuireWoods LLP, McLean, VA

PRODUCED
February 19, 2021

APPROVED CREDIT
North Carolina: 1.00 MCLE Hour

Includes
1.00 Ethics/Professional Responsibility
1.00 Technology Training


PROGRAM PRICING

See pricing below.