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Interviewing Adult Clients in Child Protection Matters: Advice for New Lawyers


Gemma E. Smyth


University of Windsor Faculty of Law

June 22, 2011

Law Society of Upper Canada Intensive in Child Protection Program, University of Windsor, June 22-25, 2011

Abstract:     
Client interviewing is a cornerstone of lawyer-client relationships, particularly in often high-conflict child protection matters. This practical article focuses on the initial interview of adult clients involved in child protection matters. Part I sets out the social context of interviewing caregivers. Part II describes the theories of client-centred and engaged client-centred lawyering employed throughout the paper. Given the context and theory, Part III sets out four key stages of interviewing that may prove difficult for new lawyers: rapport-building, fact gathering, reality checking and concluding.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 17

Keywords: child protection, interviewing, new lawyers, caregivers, child protective proceedings, representing parents

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Date posted: July 14, 2011  

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Smyth, Gemma E., Interviewing Adult Clients in Child Protection Matters: Advice for New Lawyers (June 22, 2011). Law Society of Upper Canada Intensive in Child Protection Program, University of Windsor, June 22-25, 2011. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1884564 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1884564

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University of Windsor Faculty of Law ( email )
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Windsor, Ontario N9B 3P4
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