Description: This interactive program uses hypotheticals to explore the unique and quickly evolving issues involving lawyers' use of electronic communications, documents and social media, including: e-mail's and social media's effect on the creation and termination of attorney client relationships; communications with adversaries (intentional and unintentional communications, and lawyers' ability to check adversaries' communications for hidden "metadata"); communications with clients (including the importance of confidentiality); the role of electronic communications and social media in discovery; the dangers of juries' and judges' use of new technologies to communicate and conduct independent research; the use of e mail and social media in lawyer marketing (including how the rules vary with the intrusiveness of the marketing).
Thomas E. Spahn has written and lectured widely on such topics as ethics, professionalism, attorney client privilege, work product doctrine, defamation, and legal writing. Tom has written several editions of a book on the attorney client privilege and the work product doctrine. The latest two volume version is 750 pages long. Tom has also written a 300 page book on Virginia defamation law -- which is now in electronic format; a book on ethics issues facing Virginia in-house lawyers; two other book chapters; and over 70 articles in Virginia and national publications. The ABA's General Practice Section honored Mr. Spahn's article on Litigation Ethics in the Modern Age as one of the "Best Articles Published by the ABA" in 2004.
Since 1988, Mr. Spahn has spoken at more than 1,000 CLE programs throughout the United States, and in several foreign countries. After personally reading, summarizing, and categorizing over 1,600 Virginia Bar Legal Ethics Opinions, he made his work available to the public online through his bio page on the McGuireWoods web site.
CLM CREDIT for the live program: one hour of Business Ethics credit for CLM Recertification or one hour toward the additional hours required for the initial CLM application in Information Technology.
This webinar is free and open to everyone.
If you have additional questions or would like more information, please contact Georgiana McCall or 941-365-6006 or visit www.cyberala.org.