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About the Teleseminar

Lawyers use social media technology to collect and share information, and communicate with others. Important information about jurors, witnesses or others in litigation or about a transaction can often be more easily found on social media than elsewhere.  Social media is also easily used to communicate with existing or potential clients, colleagues or opposing lawyers, and the public. Online advertising, blogging and emailed newsletters also present significant ethics issues. All these and other uses of technology raise substantial ethical issues for lawyers – competence, confidentiality, preservation of the attorney-client privilege, and honesty.  This program will provide you with a practical guide to substantial ethical issues when lawyers use social media and other technology in practice.

  • Communicating with parties, opposing attorneys, and witnesses via social media
  • Researching jurors, parties, witnesses and judges via social media
  • Ethical issues when blogging, issuing e-newsletters/law updates to clients, or posting commentary or video online
  • “Friending” or otherwise connecting with judges, witnesses and others on social media platforms
  • Trends in texting, confidentiality, and discoverability
  • Ethics of using web sites, online advertising and social media for client development purposes

About the Speaker

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 a 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

(Instruction Level: Intermediate)*Live Teleseminar programs are not live credit programs.  Supreme Court Commission on CLE rules allow SC Bar members to use Alternatively Delivered programming to obtain up to 6.0 hours of MCLE each reporting period.   For FAQ’s please click here.