Lawyer Malpractice and Domestic Violence: Are We Revictimizing Our Clients?
Margaret B. Drew
UMass School of Law
December 1, 2008
Family Law Quarterly, Vol. 39, p. 7, 2005
U of Cincinnati Public Law Research Paper No. 08-28
This article explores lawyer malpractice in cases involving domestic violence. The author examines the potential hazards from the perspective of representing the offender as well as the victim. The author advances the idea that domestic violence may be unrecognized in many cases if the attorney is not familiar with the appropriate indicators. In addition, an attorney may be unwilling to raise issues of abuse due to the attorney's own discomfort with the topic. The author argues that the family law lawyer's failure to recognize and address issues of violence places the lawyer at risk for client claims of malpractice as well has other claims.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 14
Keywords: Family law, domestic violence, lawyer malpractice
JEL Classification: K14
Date posted: December 31, 2008