Annual Ethics Program Confidentiality: Part 1

Strength and Scope of the Duty

March 18, 2014

Complimentary Seminar

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Omni Richmond Hotel
100 South 12th Street
Richmond, VA 23219

Thursday, March 27, 2014
The Ritz-Carlton
160 East Pearson Street
Chicago, IL 60611

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
The Ritz-Carlton
1700 Tysons Boulevard
Tysons Corner, VA 22102

McGuireWoods LLP invites you and your colleagues to attend Tom Spahn’s annual ethics program. This two-hour interactive program will explore one of our profession’s core duties – maintaining client confidences.


  • The strength of the duty
  • The source, timing and content of information that lawyers must keep confidential (For instance, does the duty cover information in the public record, or the disclosure of which would not harm the client?)
  • Comparison with the attorney-client privilege
  • When the confidentiality duty begins (in the context of unsolicited emails and interviews with prospective clients)
  • When the duty ends
  • What steps lawyers must take to protect client confidences, especially in the context of electronic communications