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Authorized Disclosures

Authorized Disclosures

Dig into the rules governing when a lawyer may make authorized disclosures of confidential information, whether with informed consent—meaning the client's authorization to disclose information—or on the basis of implied authorization.


As we’ve just discussed, a lawyer must keep all information related to a client’s representation confidential unless the client gives informed consent. Model Rule 1.6(a) also explains that clients may provide “implied authorization” for their lawyers to disclose information that would otherwise remain confidential. In this clip, we’ll review implied authorization for disclosure of confidential information under Model Rule 1.6(a), and compare it to the requirement for informed consent. We will...