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Tide Shifting in Lawyer-Client Confidentiality?

This week, Jonathan D. Glater of the New York Times, authored several articles on lawyer-client confidentiality. The first article, from August 11, An Issue Of Lawyer-Client Confidentiality (linked here as reprinted on lexisOne), focuses on efforts by the IRS to obtain the identity of 600 Jenkens & Gilchrist tax clients. The second article, Bar Association Eases Code on Client Secrets, reports on the ABA’s vote yesterday during the ABA Annual Meeting to change the organization’s Model Rules for Professional Conduct to “allow – but not require – lawyers to disclose confidences to prevent or rectify crime or fraud causing financial injury, when a lawyer’s services were used to help perpetrate the crime.”

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