Ethics and Digital Communications (Telephone)
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Lawyer use of technology, in both their professional and personal lives, is escapable, and frequently those two worlds blend and give rise to substantial ethical issues. Lawyer talk to, email, text and otherwise communicate with clients using smartphones and tablets. This program will provide you with a roadmap through the maze of ethical issues that occur when lawyers use technology in their lives and practices.

12/19/2018
When: Wednesday, December 19, 2018
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM CT

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MCLE Accreditation
Nebraska Activity #168052, 1.0 hours Ethics (Distance Learning)

***Because these seminars are provided through a third party, NSBA dues-paying members are NOT ABLE to use their 2 free ethics credits for these seminars.***

Lawyer use of technology, in both their professional and personal lives, is escapable, and frequently those two worlds blend and give rise to substantial ethical issues.  Lawyer talk to, email, text and otherwise communicate with clients using smartphones and tablets.  Frequently these and laptops are connected to public or at best semi-secure networks, despite the fact they are used to carry sensitive and often confidential information.  The ease of technology obscures its complexity – a complexity lawyers are required, as duty of competence, to understand before they use it.  Failure to understand, however, may lead to ethical complaint. This program will provide you with a roadmap through the maze of ethical issues that occur when lawyers use technology in their lives and practices.

  • Ethical issues when lawyers use professional and personal purposes

  • Blurry line between using technology – smartphones, tablets, laptops – for personal purposes v. law practice

  • WiFi and the “Cloud” – ensuring client communications & files are secure

  • Text messaging – the duty to retain certain client communications

  • Law firm web sites and blogs – what information can/can’t you share and promote for client development purposes?

  • Social media – understanding the limits of what information you can obtain on clients, adversaries, jurors and others

Thomas E. Spahn is a partner in the McLean, Virginia office of McGuireWoods, LLP, where he has a substantial practice advising clients on properly creating and preserving the attorney-client privilege and work product protections.  For more than 30 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 a 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.


To Register:Cost $89.00

https://ne.webcredenza.com/program?id=73394

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  • Click “Login to add to cart” button at the bottom of the program page
  • This will take you to the log in page, FIRST time users will need to create a user name and password that is separate and distinct from any information you may have used for the Nebraska State Bar website
  • Please be sure to use the attorney name and contact information of the person who is to receive the CLE credit
  • Once completed click “Update & Proceed to Payment”
  • The final step is to click “Submit Payment”
  • At this point you will receive an email confirmation of the purchase
  • The day before the Program you will receive the dial in information and program materials
  • We will submit the program participation information to the Nebraska State Bar Association within 48 hours of the program completion


If you need additional information on your CLE credits please contact:
Amy Prenda, Nebraska State Bar Association
(402) 475-7091 ext # 131; aprenda@nebar.com