Ethics Hot Topics: When the Limelight Comes to You

Published by Washington State Association for Justice


When the Limelight Comes to You:
(Whether you want it or not)
Having the courage to tell your client’s story
within the Ethics Rules

Recorded: Friday, December 6, 2013
Washington State Convention Center • Seattle
2.5 Ethics Credits Approved
12:20-12:30 Welcome & Introduction
John Allison, Spokane, Seminar Co-chair
Susan West, Seattle, Seminar Co-chair
12:30-1:30 When Your Case Goes Viral – landmines or golden opportunity?
Today’s “media” includes Facebook, Twitter, and instant commenting by thousands of potential “contributors” worldwide – readers of websites who can quickly spread the news about your case, whether you like it or not. What does the attorney do when it all starts to unfold before your very eyes? And in regular practice, does the use of social media comport with the RPC’s regulating public comments about your case, and marketing of your services? We will survey the traditional rules and discuss the brave/dangerous new world we are all being thrown into.
John Allison, Spokane, Seminar Co-Chair
Lincoln Beauregard, Tacoma
Sue Evans, Northwest Media Allies, Puyallup
1:30-2:15 Lessons from the Spotlight – the view from both sides of the fence
A panel of prominent journalists and WSAJ members who’ve managed high-profile cases will talk about what works and what fails in the relationship between lawyer and reporter. Too many attorneys default to the “no comment” response when they get a call from a reporter. Are they helping their client? Or hurting the cause of justice?
Jonathan Martin, Seattle Times, Seattle
Michael Pfau, Seattle
Susannah Frame, KING TV, Seattle
Victoria L. Vreeland, Seattle
2:15-2:30 BREAK
2:30-3:45 "You are Live at Five!" – a live media ambush
What do you say when a reporter knocks on your door or catches you outside the courtroom? Thinking on your feet, and avoiding an ethical disaster. We’ll put a few attorneys through the process and review the video on the spot. You’ll come away with some new tools for telling your client’s story the right way.
Demonstrators: John Allison, Susan West and Sue Evans, and certain audience members (to be determined)

John Allison
JOHN ALLISON is a principle in the Spokane law firm of Eymann, Allison, Hunter, Jones, P.S. He practices with fellow WSAJ Eagles Richard C. Eymann and Jonathan Neill pursuing a broad range of civil claims and litigation, including medical negligence,...More
Susan West
SUSAN WEST is WSAJ’s Associate Director of Communications and Trial News Managing Editor. Susan is a former TV News Reporter, Producer and Writer and has worked at KOMO TV, NorthWest Cable News and Q13 Fox News.
Lincoln Beauregard
Lincoln C. Beauregard practices with the Connelly Law Offices, whereabouts, in 2006, he was the first attorney to join the recently formed firm along with Mr. Connelly. After graduating from the University of Washington Law School and prior to...More
Sue Evans
SUE EVANS Sue Evans is the owner of Northwest Media Allies, a strategic communications firm specializing in media relations, legal marketing, issue advocacy and crisis communications. She has 20 years of experience in guiding top law firms, political...More
Jonathan Martin
Reporter for the Seattle Times
Michael Pfau
MICHAEL PFAU Seattle attorney Michael T. Pfau is a trial lawyer who has practiced law for more than 20 years. He has tried over 50 cases to juries, the bench and arbitration panels. Michael has obtained multiple verdicts in excess of $1 million and...More
Susannah Frame
SUSANNAH FRAME is a KING 5 investigative reporter. Her stories have exposed many wrongs, including cases of government waste, real estate fraud, and homeland security breaches. Frame's investigations have led to changes in public policy,...More
Victoria L. Vreeland
Victoria L. Vreeland is a trial lawyer who has been in practice since 1976. In 2011, after 28 years as a partner in a major firm in Seattle, she started her own firm, Vreeland Law PLLC. Her firm has been named in Best Law Firms in America for 2014....More

Originally Published

December 6, 2013

Program Titles and Supporting Materials

This program contains the following components:

  • Ethics Hot Topics Book
  • Ethics Hot Topics: When the Limelight Comes to You Audio
  • Ethics Hot Topics: When the Limelight Comes to You Video

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