Continuing Legal Education

TELESEMINAR: Attorney Ethics and Social Media – A National Perspective

May 30, 2014
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
1.00 MCLE hours, including 1.00 Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours (PMCLE credit subject to approval)


Social media of every kind – law firm web sites and e-newsletters, blogging, LinkedIn and Facebook – have opened vast new opportunities for attorneys. You can communicate with current and prospective clients, colleagues and staff, and the public. You can also obtain vast troves of information on virtually everything and everyone – factual information about cases or transactions and background information on prospective clients, jurors, opposing counsel and others. Because social media has become pervasive overnight and is so easy to use, it’s easy to overlook the real and substantial ethical issues that arise when using its various platforms. This program will outline the most important attorney ethics issues when using social media to communicate, obtain information, and develop new client work.


  • Attorney ethics and social media – web sites, blogging, e-newsletters, LinkedIn, Facebook and more
  • “Friending” or linking with clients, experts, judges and colleagues
  • Ethical issues when blogging, providing clients with legal updates via e-newsletters, and LinkedIn updates
  • Avvo and other sites providing attorney rankings and reviews
  • Using LinkedIn and other platforms to promote expertise and develop business
  • Ethics issues when establishing and maintaining law firm web sites – attorney biographies and substantive legal information


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Program Speakers:
Thomas E. Spahn,
McGuireWoods, LLP, Virginia
Sue C. Friedberg, Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney, P.C., Philadelphia


*Professional Responsibility MCLE credit subject to approval

Thomas E. Spahn is a partner in the McLean, Virginia office of McGuireWoods, LLP, where he has a broad complex commercial, business and securities litigation practice. He also has a substantial practice advising businesses on properly creating and preserving the attorney-client privilege and work product protections.  For more than 20 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 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.

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.