Annual Chicago Ethics Program

Electronic Era Ethics

March 13, 2024

The Ritz-Carlton Chicago
Water Tower Place
160 E. Pearson St.
Chicago, IL 60611

1:30 p.m. Registration
2-4:15 p.m. Program
4:15 p.m. Reception

McGuireWoods invites you and your colleagues to attend Tom Spahn’s annual ethics program. This interactive discussion uses hypotheticals to highlight the dramatic effect email, texts and other electronic communications can have on lawyers’ ethics duties.

The program generally follows the lifespan of an attorney-client relationship, examining the ethical implications of potential scenarios along the way:

  • Creation of the relationship
  • Ethical propriety of electronic communications with clients
  • Communications with adversaries
  • Dealing with third parties
  • Discovery
  • Jurors’ research and communications
  • Judges’ research and “friending” of lawyers
  • Termination of attorney-client relationships

Thomas E. Spahn, Counsel, McGuireWoods LLP
Spahn has served on the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, and has spoken at more than 2,000 CLE programs on ethics and other topics. Tom was selected as the 2013 and 2020 metro-Washington, D.C., “Lawyer of the Year” for “Bet the Company Litigation” by Best Lawyers®.

Our programs are intended for the benefit of our clients and contacts and we reserve the right to refuse any registration at our sole discretion. Video and presentation materials © 2024 McGuireWoods LLP. All rights reserved.