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2018 August Member Meeting

August 22, 2018
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
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Gateway Plaza, 800 East Canal Street
Richmond , VA 23219

Our August program is a perfect follow-up to our July meeting topic that was focused on the use of social media.

This interactive program uses hypotheticals to explore the unique and quickly evolving issues involving the widespread use of electronic communications such as email and social media, including: (1) creation of the attorney-client relationship (including the effect of an unsolicited email from a prospective client); (2) communications with clients (including the implications of "virtual" law practice); (3) communications within a corporate client (including courts' analysis of intracorporate communications, the effect of widespread intracorporate circulation, document creation, and whether a corporation's lawyer can read an adverse employee's personal privileged communications found on company servers); (4) communications with adversaries (including use of "reply to all" when communicating to an adversary, the responsibilities of lawyers receiving inadvertently transmitted communications, and metadata); (5) working with others (including working with service providers and outsourcing of discovery work); (6) discovery (including searches of adverse parties' and witnesses' social media, and the privilege effect of an inadvertent production of a privileged document); (7) jurors (including jurors' independent Internet research); (8) judges (including judges' independent Internet research and "friending" of lawyers); (9) end of the attorney-client relationship (including the effect of marketing); (10) marketing (including the marketing rules' application to "blogs," and bars' characterization of the intrusiveness of electronic marketing).

What attendees should know: Ethics CLE credit is available for this program.

Our Presenter

Thomas E. Spahn practices as a commercial litigator with McGuireWoods in Tysons Corner, Virginia. Tom was selected as the 2013 metro-Washington DC "Lawyer of the Year" for "Bet the Company Litigation" by The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White, Inc.).  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.  Tom has written extensively on attorney-client privilege, ethics and other topics, and has spoken at over 1,700 CLE programs throughout the U.S. and in several foreign countries.  Through links on his website bio, Tom 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; materials for 40 ethics programs on numerous topics, totaling over 9,000 pages of analysis.  Tom graduated magna cum laude from Yale University and received his J.D. from Yale Law School. 








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