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Professionalism for the Ethical Lawyer (teleseminar)
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When: 06/15/2016
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Where: United States
Contact: (404) 521-0781

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An 800 number connects you to nationally recognized practice leaders who will speak on important issues and emerging trends in the law. You can also pose your own questions to the speakers. Written materials and other details are emailed in advance to pre-registrants.

1 CLE hour, including 1 Ethics hour

Ethics rules, the principles of professionalism, and sanctionable conduct are distinct areas yet they are subtly interrelated.  Lawyers have a duty to zealously represent their clients but they do not have a duty to engage in offensive conduct desired by a client. Indeed, in certain instances a lawyer may withdraw from those representations.  Lawyers have an ethical duty to train and supervise subordinate lawyers and non-lawyer support staff. These duties are closely related to training staff to deal courteously with adversaries, clients, and the courts.  Lawyers have duties of confidentiality and honesty, but those duties do not always require pressing  every advantage, such as when the lawyer knows that opposing counsel has made a material drafting error in a transactional document.  In these and many other scenarios, ethics rules, professionalism, and potentially sanctionable conduct subtly interact.  This program will provide you with a real-world guide to professionalism for the ethical lawyer.  

Interrelationship of ethics rules, professionalism, and sanctions
Zealous representation v. needlessly embarrassing an adversary or third-party
Reacting to an adversary’s drafting errors in transactional documents
Ethics, professionalism and inadvertent transmission of communications
Duty to supervise and train subordinate lawyers and staff, including to ensure courtesy to clients, opposing counsel, and courts
Offering candid advice to clients and withdrawal when they desire offensive conduct
Avoiding discrimination and bigotry 
Dealing with an adversary’s discourteous deposition conduct


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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