Practice Tools

ISBA Ethics Opinions on Confidentiality


  • Participation in mentoring programs : 12-16
  • Use of listservs or online discussion groups : 12-15
  • Withdrawal from representation and disclosure to court of client's increasingly impaired mental capacity : 12-10
  • Duty to disclose confidential information provided by a client that might reveal possible child sexual abuse by a non-client : 12-08
  • Lawyer's participation in networking group with nonlawyer professionals : 12-03
  • Law firm’s use of a third party technology vendor : 10-01
  • Use of Interpreters : 03-07
  • Confidentiality of impaired client’s medical report : 00-02
  • Lawyer inadvertently receives confidential information from opposing party : 98-04
  • Disclosing client identity : 97-01
  • Use of e-mail, Lawyer Websites : 96-10
  • Disclosure of confidential client information to collect fee or defend against wrongful conduct : 94-10
  • Lawyer knowledge of past tax violations : 93-16
  • Disclosure of client billing records to firm’s financial institution : 93-04
  • Duty to report age impaired incompetent lawyer : 92-12
  • Duty to disclose theft of estate assets by guardian : 91-24
  • Duties of public defenders to inform clients of unrelated investigations : 90-27
  • Disclosure to Court that client is no longer in contact with lawyer : 89-13
  • Lawyer advised, or in possession, of client incriminating physical evidence by third person. : 88-13
  • Lawyer representing interests adverse to former client and using confidential, but public, information : 88-07
  • Duty to report client’s spouse apparent IRS fraud : 87-15
  • Lawyer advising court of knowledge of privileged information affecting guilt/innocence of client : 84-02