Please Keep My Secret: Child Abuse Reporting Statutes, Confidentiality, and Juvenile Delinquency

38 Pages Posted: 14 Jun 2014

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Ellen Marrus

University of Houston Law Center

Date Written: June 12, 2014

Abstract

This Article begins with describing the development of child abuse reporting statutes and the attorney's role in reporting child abuse. It also evaluates the history and significance of the attorney-client privilege. It continues by examining the role of attorneys in juvenile delinquency proceedings and demonstrates the advantages of the advocacy model of representation. The final section argues the necessity to maintain the attorney-client privilege, even in child abuse reporting statutes, in order to preserve the advantages of advocating for children.

Keywords: ethics, confidentiality, attorney-client privilege, child abuse reporting statutes, representation of children, duty to report child abuse, attorney’s duty to report

Suggested Citation

Marrus, Ellen, Please Keep My Secret: Child Abuse Reporting Statutes, Confidentiality, and Juvenile Delinquency (June 12, 2014). 11 Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics 509 (1998); U of Houston Law Center No. 2014-A-46. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2449414

Ellen Marrus (Contact Author)

University of Houston Law Center ( email )

4604 Calhoun Road
Houston, TX 77204-6060
United States

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