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About the Teleseminar
This annual program will provide you with a wide ranging review of ethics developments important to your practice. The program will cover subtle but important legal issues when you use various forms of common technology – smartphones, tablets, the “cloud” and social media – to communicate with clients, the courts and other attorneys, store and retrieve client files, and use social media for investigations or to promote your services. The program will also cover ethical issues when you refer work out to other attorneys, engage in co-counsel relationships, or supervise the work of paralegals and legal secretaries. Significant decisions related to conflicts of interest, the attorney-client privilege, and confidentiality will also be reviewed. This program will provide you with a practical review of important ethics developments impacting your law practice.
Day 2: May 23, 2014:
- Attorney-client privilege and confidentiality update
- “Hot docs” – you have something you shouldn’t, now what?
- Attorneys and social media – case investigations and attorney advertising issues
About the Speakers
Lucian T. Pera is a partner in the Memphis office of Adams & Reese, LLP. His practice includes professional malpractice litigation as well as counseling lawyers and law firms in the area of ethics and professional responsibility. He was a member of the ABA’s Ethics 2000 Commission and is co-author of "Ethics and Lawyering Today," a national e-mail newsletter on lawyer ethics, which is accessible at: www.ethicsandlawyering.com. Before entering private practice, he served as a judicial clerk to Judge Harry W. Wellford of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Mr. Pera received his A.B. with honors from Princeton University and his J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law.
William Freivogel is the principal of Freivogel Ethics Consulting and is an independent consultant to law firms on ethics and risk management. He was a trial lawyer for 22 years and has practiced in the areas of legal ethics and lawyer malpractice for 20 years. He is chair of the Editorial Board of the ABA/BNA Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Conduct. and past chair of the ABA Business Law Section Committee on Professional Responsibility. He maintains the Web site “Freivogel on Conflicts” at www.freivogelonconflicts.com. Mr. Freivogel is a graduate of the University of Illinois (Champaign), where he received his B.S. and LL.B.
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.
Mandatory MCLE Credit Hours
This seminar qualifies for 1.0 MCLE Credit Hour, including up to 1.0 LEPR Credit Hour