April 2020 Bar Bulletin
By Mark Fucile, Mark Johnson, and Michael Sprangers
“Shhh… Be vewy vewy quiet, I’m hunting wabbits.” — Mr. Elmer Fudd, hunter and philosopher
“If I maintain my silence about my secret it is my prisoner...if I let it slip from my tongue, I am ITS prisoner.” — Arthur Schopenhauer, philosopher and hunter
“[L]awyers are regarded as people who know how to keep secrets, as much as they are regarded as litigators… or drafters of contracts.” — In re Schafer, 149 Wn.2d 148, 160 (2003)
While we don’t know whether Mr. Fudd’s recognition of the importance of silence has influenced the Washington Supreme Court’s thoughts regarding client confidentiality, we do...