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About the Teleseminar
One of the most important responsibilities of every attorney is to maintain client confidences on the receipt and release of certain information. Understanding the parameters of that duty – what information is confidential, what is not; when does the duty begin and when does it end – is essential but also an increasing challenge as information is so easily exchanged and accessed, particularly through commonplace law firm technology. This program will discuss practical issues in receiving and releasing confidential information in an ethically compliant manner. Among other topics, the program will cover the intersection of client confidences and conflicts, issues in joint representations, data security and the inadvertent disclosure of information, and when the release of information is permitted – or even required.
• Understanding what information is confidential and when the obligation to preserve confidences begins and ends
• Confidentiality and conflicts of interest
• Joint representation issues
• Data security, technology in law practice and inadvertent disclosure of confidential information
• How the duty of confidentiality differs from the attorney-client privilege
• When breach of client confidences is permitted or required
About the Speakers
Brian S. Faughnan is special counsel in the Memphis office of Thomason Hendrix Harvey Johnson & Mitchell, PLLC, where he represents clients in a wide variety of matters at the trial level and on appeal. He counsels lawyers and law firms on a wide variety of issues surrounding legal ethics and professional responsibility. He is the chair of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, a reporter for the committee’s rules revision project, a member of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, and a member of the Media Law Resource Center’s Ethics Committee. Mr. Faughnan received his B.A. from Rhodes College and his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Memphis School of Law.
Sue C. Friedberg is a partner in the Pittsburg office of Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney, PC. She is associate general counsel of the firm and responsible for guiding its attorneys in meeting the standards of ethical law practice. She supervises the firm's conflicts of interest review process and new business intake functions, and provides counsel for the firm as a business entity. Earlier in her career, she focused on corporate finance, securities law, and general business transactions. Ms. Friedberg earned her B.S., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University and her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Pittsburg School of law.
Mandatory MCLE Credit Hours
This seminar qualifies for 1.0 MCLE credit hour, including up to 1.0 LEPR credit hour. (Tentative)