LIVE REPLAY: Lawyer Ethics and Texting

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COURSE INFO

  • Presentation Date 2/26/2024
  • Next Class Time 11:00 AM MT
  • Duration 60 min.
  • Format Audio Webcast
  • Program Code 02222023g
  • Ethics Credits 1 hour(s)


Course Price: $89.00

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Text messaging has become a mainstream form of communication.  Clients now routinely text their lawyers about pending matters.  They may ask about the status of a case, provide facts about a case, communicate decisions to a lawyer, or message other sensitive information.  These messages are often to a lawyer’s mobile phone that is used extensively for personal purposes, unsecured in their transmissions, and easily accessible by third parties. This new wave of lawyer-client communication raises many difficult ethical questions, including preservation of the attorney-client privilege.   This program will provide you with a guide to the major ethics issues when lawyers and their clients text message about pending matters.

 

  • Confidentiality issues involving unsecured transmission of texts involving sensitive case issues
  • How to handle mobile phones used for both personal purposes and law practice
  • Potential loss of the attorney-client privilege when text messages are accessible by third parties
  • Tension among the duties of competence, prudence and to communicate with clients
  • Understanding the ethical risks and counseling clients about the risks to their case when texting

 

Speaker:

Thomas E. Spahn is of counsel in the Tysons Corners, Virginia office of McGuireWoods, where he advises firm clients on professional responsibility issues and properly creating and preserving the attorney-client privilege and work product protections.  He has served on the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility and is a Member of the American Law Institute and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.  He has written extensively on attorney-client privilege, ethics and other topics, and has spoken at over 2000 CLE programs throughout the U.S. and in several foreign countries.  Through links on his website biography, he has made available to the public his summaries of over 1,600 Virginia and ABA legal ethics opinions, organized by topic; a 300 page summary of his two-volume 1,500 page book on the attorney-client privilege and work product doctrine; over 900 weekly email alerts about privilege and work product cases; and materials for 40 ethics programs on numerous topics, totaling over 9,000 pages of analysis.  Mr. Spahn graduated magna cum laude from Yale University and received his J.D. from Yale Law School. Mr. Spahn will serve as the discussion leader of today’s program.




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