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Ethics and Virtual Law Practices (teleseminar)
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This program will provide you with a practical guide to significant issues when lawyers and law firms establish “virtual” law practices.

 Export to Your Calendar 11/28/2016
When: 11/28/2016
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Where: United States
Contact: (404) 521-0781

Online registration is available until: 11/28/2016
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1:00 p.m. E.T. (60 minutes)


Technology allows lawyers far more flexibility to practice law virtually – from home or in shared settings – than ever before.  No longer must they maintain freestanding offices, support staff, and libraries. Lawyers can set-up offices in their homes, communicate with clients, adversaries and the courts electronically, outsource overflow work to co-counsel or vendors, and establish web sites that can reach potential clients. These “virtual” practices are increasingly commonplace, but the relative ease with which they are established obscures many significant ethical issues, including issues of communications and confidentiality, supervising outsourced worked, multijurisdictional practice, and ethically managing all the technology used to accomplish these feats. This program will provide you with a practical guide to significant issues when lawyers and law firms establish “virtual” law practices.

• Ethical issues for lawyers with virtual law practices
• Disclosure to clients of the virtual character of a law practice
• Electronic communications, confidentiality, and ethical risks in virtual practices
• Ethical issues when lawyers share office space or other resources but practice separately
• How Web sites and a “virtual” presence implicate multijurisdictional practice issues
• Outsourcing work to vendors or co-counsel, and ensuring its competently performed 
• Requirements and risks when offering legal advice across state lines
• Duty to understand law office technology as a duty of competence

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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