Viewing Child Witnesses Through a Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Lens: How Attorneys’ Ethical Duties Exacerbate Children’s Psychopathology

32 Pages Posted: 28 Oct 2011 Last revised: 29 Oct 2011

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William Wesley Patton

U. S. C. Gould School of Law; UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry

Date Written: October 27, 2010

Abstract

This article explores the child and adolescent psychiatric implications of attorney ethical codes and demonstrates that many legal rules regarding attorney professional responsibility actually exacerbate the psychopathology of child clients, witnesses, and victims. The article suggests modifications that can help ameliorate jurogenic effects that exacerbate child victims’ destabilized emotional health.

Suggested Citation

Patton, William Wesley, Viewing Child Witnesses Through a Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Lens: How Attorneys’ Ethical Duties Exacerbate Children’s Psychopathology (October 27, 2010). Widener Law Review, Vol. 16, No. 369, 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1950272

William Wesley Patton (Contact Author)

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UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry

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