Continuing Legal Education

TELESEMINAR: Attorney Ethics in Digital Communications: Remote Networks, Smartphones, the Cloud, and More – A National Perspective

November 6, 2012
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
1.00 MCLE hours, including 1.00 Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours (PMCLE credit subject to approval)


The mobile and remote computing revolutions have fundamentally altered the way attorneys communicate with each other, their clients and the courts – and the way they practice law. In recent years, smartphones have become ubiquitous and the way attorneys communicate by voice, email and data exchange about client matters. It is now commonplace for client and other sensitive files to be stored in the shared, remote servers of “the Cloud.” Attorneys routinely work remotely through virtual private networks or access files through home-based or public WiFi networks when away from the office.  In each of these instances, confidential information is at risk of exposure in ways that raises substantial ethical issues. This program will provide you with a real-world guide to ethics issues created by using mobile technologies, “Cloud computing,” WiFi and remote networks in the practice of law.


  • Practicing law in “the Cloud” – ethical issues of storing client files in remote, shared networks
  • Ethics and security issues of working remotely from home or on the road through virtual private networks
  • WiFi networks at home – risks of disclosing client communications
  • Smartphones & tablets – voice, email and data issues surrounding the exchange of information
  • Best practices for avoiding professional liability while using mobile communications and shared networks

Program Speaker:
Brian S. Faughnan, Thomason Hendrix Harvey Johnson & Mitchell, PLLC, Memphis

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*Professional Responsibility MCLE credit subject to approval

Brian S. Faughnan is special counsel in the Memphis office of Thomason Hendrix Harvey Johnson & Mitchell, PLLC, where he represents clients in a wide variety of matters at the trial level and on appeal.  He counsels lawyers and law firms on a wide variety of issues surrounding legal ethics and professional responsibility. He is the chair of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, a reporter for the committee’s rules revision project, a member of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, and a member of the Media Law Resource Center’s Ethics Committee. Mr. Faughnan received his B.A. from Rhodes College and his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Memphis School of Law.