Continuing Legal Education

TELESEMINAR: Ethics and Client Confidences: An Advanced Guide – A National Perspective

January 4, 2013
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
1.00 MCLE hours, including 1.00 Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours (PMCLE credit subject to approval)


Ensuring the confidentiality of client information is among the first ethical duties of every lawyer in every representation.  The difficulty of protecting confidences has only increased as law offices and law practices have become inescapably interconnected through communications technology.  Maintaining client confidences is no longer an easy matter of locking paper files in a file cabinet or refraining from speaking about client matters. Now, the ethics rules require attorneys to be competent in understanding and managing the way law office technology can threaten client confidences. The program will cover the scope of confidentiality, confidentiality’s relationship to the duty of competence and the attorney-client privilege, the ethical duty to instruct and supervise paralegals with regard to confidentiality, and when an attorney may – or is required to – break client confidences. 


  • Advanced ethical issues in maintaining confidentiality of client information
  • Determining the scope of confidentiality – what isn’t confidential?
  • Relationship of duty of confidentiality to the duty of competence
  • Competence in ensuring law office and communications technology protects confidences
  • Interaction of duty of confidentiality and attorney client privilege
  • Ethical duty to instruct non-attorney staff on confidentiality
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Program Speaker:
Sue C. Friedberg
, Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney, P.C., Pittsburg


*Professional Responsibility MCLE credit subject to approval

Sue C. Friedberg is a partner in the Pittsburg office of Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney, PC. She is associate general counsel of the firm and responsible for guiding its attorneys in meeting the standards of ethical law practice. She supervises the firm's conflicts of interest review process and new business intake functions, and provides counsel for the firm as a business entity. Earlier in her career, she focused on corporate finance, securities law, and general business transactions. Ms. Friedberg earned her B.S., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University and her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Pittsburg School of law.