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Civil Rights and Diversity: Ethics Issues (teleseminar)
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When: 05/31/2016
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Where: United States
Contact: (404) 521-0781

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1 CLE hour, including 1 Ethics hour
Ethics rules do not generally address issues of civil rights directly.  But the rules do address a range of circumstances and issues that frequently overlap with civil rights concerns.  The rules speak to what a lawyer may or may not do, in the course of a client mater, to embarrass or humiliate an adversary.  There are also circumstances when lawyer conduct not directly touching a client matter may subject a lawyer to discipline. There are also substantial issues of manipulating the courts to get a putatively favorable judicial appointment or a recusal in a case that might have civil rights implications.  The rules also address when a lawyer may withdraw from a case when the client demands offensive conduct of a lawyer.  In these and many other ways, ethics rules speak indirectly to civil rights concerns.  This program will provide you with a real-world guide to how ethics rules often overlap with and indirectly address civil rights issues and concerns.  

Ethics rules, civil rights concerns, and diversity
Lawyer conduct, including questions in deposition, intended to embarrass an adversary
Withdrawal when a client insists on offensive conduct
Lawyer wrongdoing unrelated to a client or directly to the practice of law
Public policy disagreements between lawyers and their clients
Is deception allowed in the service of worthwhile causes? 
Manipulating the choice of judges – docket assignment and triggering recusal
Representing unpopular clients


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.

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