These summaries were prepared by McGuireWoods LLP lawyer Thomas E. Spahn. They are based on the letter opinions issued by the Virginia State Bar. Any editorial comments reflect Mr. Spahn's current personal views, and not the opinions of the Virginia State Bar, McGuireWoods or its clients. 
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30-Disclosing Confidences Under Court Order

31-Protecting and Disclosing Confidences and Secrets

A lawyer may not reveal client confidences unless disclosure is compelled by a court after the lawyer challenges the subpoena in court. The duty to preserve confidences survives the representation. Here, the identity of a legal aid client is a confidence because its disclosure might embarrass the client.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn