Publication Title

Journal of the Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics


attorney-client privilege, best interest of the child, ethics

Document Type



A fictional account of a lawyer, representing a woman in a divorce case, who learns from her client that her live-in boyfriend has hit her and her five-year-old daughter. Is her ethical duty to protect the child greater than her responsibility to maintain the attorney-client privilege. She discusses the matter with two evidence professors in search of a solution.



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