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

73-Family Law Lawyers

A lawyer represented a husband in a divorce case. The wife was having an affair with another man. This man's wife gave the lawyer correspondence indicating that her husband was sexually abusing children from an earlier relationship. The Bar indicated that whether or not the lawyer has a duty to reveal the letters to law enforcement officials "raises a legal question which is beyond the purview of the committee."

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn