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About the Teleseminar

The “Cloud” – a global network of servers that store, process and transmit files – has come to dominate file storage and transmission.  Law firms and companies of every size use the cloud to store and transfer files because it’s much easier and often less expensive than maintaining and updating, hosting and administering their own servers.  For lawyers and law firms, this seismic shift in the way files are kept and transmitted gives rise to substantial ethical issues.  Preeminently this involves ensuring the confidentiality of client files and preserving the attorney-client privilege. Understanding how the cloud works in a law practice is required under the duty of competence.  This program will provide you with a real world guide to ethical issues when using the cloud to store or transmit files in your law practice.

  • Ethics of storing law files in “the Cloud”
  • Technology competence as an ethical duty of competence
  • Ethical benchmarks and diligence for ensuring file and communication confidentiality in the cloud
  • Attorney-client privilege issues when using the cloud to communicate
  • Mobile access – issues when the cloud is used via smartphone or tablet
  • Internal policies – ensuring law firm security supplements cloud security
  • What if your client uses the cloud but you do not? 

About the Speakers

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.

Matthew Corbin is Senior Vice President and Executive Director in the Professional Services Group of AON Risk Services, where he consults with the company’s law firm clients on professional responsibility and liability issues.  Before joining AON, he was a partner with Lathrop & Gage, LLP, where he was a trial and appellate lawyer handling professional liability, commercial, business tort, employment, construction, insurance, and regulatory matters. Before entering private practice, he served as a judicial clerk to Judge Mary Briscoe of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.  Mr. Corbin earned his B.A. from the University of Kansas and his J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law.

Mandatory MCLE Credit Hours
This seminar qualifies for 1.0 MCLE Credit Hour, including up to 1.0 LEPR Credit Hour

 (Instruction Level: Intermediate)