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Ethics and Digital Communications

Description

Lawyer use of technology, in both their professional and personal lives, is inescapable, and frequently those two worlds blend and give rise to substantial ethical issues.

It's difficult to disconnect from constant digital communications. Lawyers talk to, email, text and otherwise communicate with clients on smartphones, tablets, and social media. Frequently these and laptops are connected to public or at best semi-secure networks, despite the fact they are used to carry sensitive and often confidential information.

The ease of technology obscures its complexity – a complexity lawyers are required, as duty of competence, to understand before they use it.

This program provides a roadmap through the maze of ethical issues that occur when lawyers use technology in their lives and practices.

  • Lawyers and social media – obtaining information on clients, adversaries, jurors and others
  • Ethics when you're never unplugged from technology
  • Traps for law firms when using the cloud
  • Ethics and working remotely
  • Lawyer ethics when texting clients, witnesses, and others

Contributors

  • Thomas E. Spahn

    Thomas E. Spahn is a partner in the McLean, Virginia office of McGuireWoods, LLP, where he has a broad complex commercial, business and securities litigation practice. He also has a substantial practice advising businesses on properly creating and preserving the attorney-client privilege and work product protections. For more than 20 years he has lectured extensively on legal ethics and professionalism and has written "The Attorney-Client Privilege and the Work Product Doctrine: A Practitioner's Guide," a 750 page treatise published by the Virginia Law Foundation. Mr. Spahn has served as member of the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility and as a member of the Virginia State Bar's Legal Ethics Committee. He received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Yale University and his J.D. from Yale Law School

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February 18, 2022
Fri 1:00 PM EST

Duration 1H 0M

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