Thomas B. Mason, Esq. is the Chair of Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP’s Legal Ethics and Malpractice Group. He represents lawyers and law firms in malpractice, disqualification, disciplinary investigations and prosecutions, partner admissions and departures, and law firm dissolutions. Mr. Mason’s disciplinary experience includes matters before the USPTO’s Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED) as well as numerous state bars. He also counsels and advises lawyers and law firms in all of the above areas so as to avoid problems or disputes before they arise. Mr. Mason was named Washington, D.C., Ethics and Professional Responsibility Lawyer of the Year in 2014 and again in 2016 by Best Lawyers. He has served as an expert in ethics and related issues on numerous occasions.
Witnesses: Ethics Issues Arising from Witness Interviews, Preparation, Compensation & Testimony
Live Broadcast on October 23, 2017
This program will cover ethical issue relating to contacting and interviewing witnesses; preparing witnesses for testimony and compensation of witnesses (expert and fact) for expenses or for their time. The presentation will also address ethical restrictions on providing witnesses with legal advice or advising witnesses about contacts with other parties to the matter. The problem of false evidence or perjured testimony will also be discussed, including the lawyer’s obligations when the lawyer believes or knows in advance that the testimony is false and when the lawyer only later discovers the falsity of the testimony. The presentation will include the issue of how a lawyer handles a scenario where the witness is also a client of the lawyer.
Key topics to be discussed:
• Contacting and interviewing witnesses
• Witness preparation
• Witness compensation
• Legal and other advice to witnesses
• False or perjured testimony
• Conflicts arising where the witness is also a client
Date / Time: October 23, 2017
• 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Eastern
• 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Central
• 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Mountain
• 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Pacific
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• Live Video Broadcast/Re-Broadcast: Watch Program “live” in real-time, must sign-in and watch program on date and time set above. May ask questions during presentation via chat box. Qualifies for “live” CLE credit.
• On-Demand Video: Access CLE 24/7 via on-demand library and watch program anytime. Qualifies for self-study CLE credit. On-demand versions are made available 7 business days after the original recording date and are view-able for up to one year.
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