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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9-Government Lawyer Conflicts

22-Interviews with Prospective Clients

31-Protecting and Disclosing Confidences and Secrets

57-In-House Lawyers

A lawyer working at a state institution of higher learning may enter into an employment contract under which the lawyer must disclose to the administration information that the lawyer has obtained from those seeking legal advice. Although an "expectation of confidentiality" may arise in situations in which no attorney-client relationship exists, the lawyer may resolve any problems by issuing "a disclaimer to colleagues or students indicating that no attorney/client relationship will be formed and any information received will not be treated as secret or confidential."

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn