Divine Intervention: The Ethics of Religion, Spirituality, and Clergy Collaboration in Legal Counseling

29 Quinnipiac L. Rev. 289 (2011)

86 Pages Posted: 10 Jul 2022

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Evan R. Seamone

Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic

Date Written: June 15, 2011

Abstract

Despite the integral role of religion and spirituality in shaping clients' worldviews, mainstream attorneys categorically avoid these concerns in client-counseling. Even among the few advocates for integration of religious and spiritual considerations, the lack of an analytical framework contributes to the prevailing norm of selective inattention. This Article draws on clinical psychology's recent rediscovery of religion and spirituality in secular counseling settings, spawned by the professional mandates of multiculturalism. Equipped with ethical counseling standards that comply with fundamental legal rules for professional conduct, this Article provides sorely needed guidance for attorneys of any-or no-faith to effectively address clients' unique religious and spiritual concerns, through religious and spiritual interventions as well as competent collaboration with religious and spiritual leaders.

Keywords: Client Counseling, Religion, Spirituality, Clergy Collaboration, Ethics

Suggested Citation

Seamone, Evan R., Divine Intervention: The Ethics of Religion, Spirituality, and Clergy Collaboration in Legal Counseling (June 15, 2011). 29 Quinnipiac L. Rev. 289 (2011), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4143987

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