Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

Confidentiality Revisited, Part 2: The Exceptions

June 2020 Bar Bulletin

By Mark Fucile, Mark Johnson, and Michael Sprangers

“Now, we’re not ones to go ‘round spreadin’ rumors,

Why, really we’re just not the gossipy kind,

No, you’ll never hear one of us repeating gossip,

So you’d better be sure to listen close the first time!”

­– The Hee Haw television show “Rumors” song.

“While we laud the principles protecting the sanctity of attorney-client confidences and secrets, we are cognizant that there are occasions when revealing a client’s statements may be justified. These occasions are extremely limited, however, consistent with the profession’s goal of establishing and maintaining trust in the judicial process.”

­– In re Schafer,...

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