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

73-Family Law Lawyers

A part-time assistant public defender with a private practice may represent a client in a custody action even though the public defender's office previously represented the client's spouse in a sexual abuse case. The sexual abuse case was terminated before the lawyer became an assistant public defender and although the lawyer has heard general references to the accused spouse's personality, the lawyer has received no information from the file or any confidences or secrets.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn