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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31-Protecting and Disclosing Confidences and Secrets

48-Criminal Defense Lawyers

Indicating that a client's whereabouts is a secret that the lawyer should not disclose if the client wishes it to remain confidential, absent "a legal determination that your client intends to commit a crime or is fleeing from criminal prosecution." [This standard seems to contradict LEO 929 (6/24/87), in which the Bar held that a lawyer may not reveal a client's "continuing wrong;" the Bar cites LEO 929 but does not reconcile it with this new holding.]

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn