Procrastinators Rejoice! Ethics Seminar for Virginia CLE


1800 M Street, NW
North Tower | Suite 1000
Washington, DC 

Zuckerman Spaeder LLP partner Thomas B. Mason, with associates Adam AbelsonRachel F. Cotton, and Paul B. Hynes, Jr., are offering an opportunity aimed at those procrastinators who are rushing to meet their Virginia CLE requirements before the October 31 deadline. Two sessions will be administered, each of which has been approved by the Virginia State Bar for 2 CLE credit hours. Attendance is free and lunch will be served. Register now for one or both sessions if you still need CLE credits for 2014.

Session I: Tri-State Confusion: Identifying and Navigating the Differences Among the DC, Maryland and Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct
Friday, October 31, 2014 | 12:00 pm
Registration begins approximately 15 minutes prior to the seminar.

Presented by: Adam Abelson and Rachel F. Cotton

  • Which Rules Apply
  • Client Consent
  • Fees
  • Confidentiality
  • Conflicts
  • Organizational Clients
  • Client Funds
  • Third Party Neutrals
  • Conduct of Litigation
  • Contacts with Third Parties
  • Inadvertent Disclosures
  • Law Firm Organization
  • Unauthorized Practice of Law
  • Lawyer Advertising
  • Solicitation
  • Discrimination
  • Sale of Practice

Session II: The Revolving Door and Former Government Attorneys: An Ethics Primer for Law Firms Hiring Government Laterals
Friday, October 31, 2014 | 2:30 pm
Registration begins approximately 15 minutes prior to the seminar.

Presented by: Thomas B. Mason and Paul B. Hynes, Jr.

  • Admissions Issues (DC Rule 49)
  • Conflicts of Interest Under DC Rules of Professional Conduct
  • Post-Employment Restrictions: Executive and Congressional Branch

Click here to register for one or both sessions.


Thomas B. Mason is chair of Zuckerman Spaeder’s Legal Profession and Ethics Practice where he advises and represents attorneys and law firms on a variety of malpractice and ethics matters conflicts of interest, confidentiality, disciplinary investigations and prosecutions, partner departures, and law firm breakups. He has also served three terms as the chair of the District of Columbia Bars’ Legal Ethics Committee. Most recently, Mr. Mason was named Best Lawyers’ 2014 Washington, DC Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law “Lawyer of the Year.” Mr. Mason began his legal career as a judicial law clerk for the Hon. Frank Kaufman in U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.

Adam Abelson is an associate who has experience representing clients in complex civil litigation and government investigations. Prior to joining Zuckerman Spaeder, Mr. Abelson was a law clerk to the Hon. Andre M. Davis of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and to the Hon. Catherine C. Blake of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.

Rachel F. Cotton is an associate who practices in the areas of complex civil litigation, legal ethics, and white collar criminal defense. She has experience representing both lawyers and law firms on a variety of professional ethics ‎matters, unauthorized practice of law issues, bar admissions, and disciplinary ‎investigations. Prior to joining Zuckerman Spaeder, Ms. Cotton was an associate at Covington & Burling LLP, and clerked for the Hon. Diana Gribbon Motz of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the Hon. Henry H. Kennedy Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. 

Paul B. Hynes, Jr. is an associate who focuses on civil and criminal tax litigation. In addition to working on tax matters, Mr. Hynes has experience working on complex civil litigation, white collar criminal defense matters, and legal ethics. His clients have included corporations, partnerships, individual taxpayers, accounting and advisory firms, and tax professionals. Prior to joining Zuckerman Spaeder, Mr. Hynes was an associate at Latham & Watkins, and served as a judicial intern for the Hon. Hilda R. Gage of the Michigan Court of Appeals.

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