LIVE REPLAY: How Ethics Rules Apply to Lawyers Outside of Law Practice

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COURSE INFO

  • Presentation Date 12/31/2020
  • Next Class Time 12:00 PM CT
  • Duration 60 min.
  • Format Teleseminar
  • Ethics Credits 1 + hours


Course Price: $79.00
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COURSE DESCRIPTION

Ethics rules are intended primarily to regulate lawyer acts when practicing law. But the rules do not always stop there. Lawyers can be held responsible and disciplined under ethics rules for things they do when acting outside of their practices.  Lawyers may be disciplined under ethics rules for criminal conduct, including misdemeanors, entirely unrelated to their lawyerly conduct. They may be also be disciplined for any acts that involve dishonesty, misrepresentation, or any actions prejudicial to the judicial system. This program will provide you with a real-world guide to circumstances in which ethics rules apply to lawyers when they act outside of law practice.

  • Dishonesty and misrepresentation when a lawyer is acting as a non-lawyer
  • Lawyers as business people – how counter-parties can allege ethical misconduct
  • Ex parte communications – when lawyers represent themselves in litigation or in other matters, who can they communicate with?
  • Violations of law, including misdemeanors, as ethics violations
  • Restrictions on lawyers’ ability to market themselves in non-lawyer roles

 

Speaker:

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-pagetreatise 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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