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21-Reporting Another Lawyer's Unethical Conduct

A lawyer need not disclose a predecessor's ethics violation if disclosure would hurt the client and client has not consented (even if the evidence of the violation also appears in public documents).

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn