using clients real name when describing a case?

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EarlofSandwich
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using clients real name when describing a case?

Postby EarlofSandwich » Sat Jan 10, 2015 9:04 pm

I worked at a family law firm and I wanted to talk about my work on some of the cases. Is it acceptable to use actual clients' names and whatnot? I'm not planning on going too much in detail of course, but I feel my narrative might seem too vague if I don't talk about a particular case or two.

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RCSOB657
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Re: using clients real name when describing a case?

Postby RCSOB657 » Sat Jan 10, 2015 9:04 pm

What's wrong with generic John/Mary names?

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A. Nony Mouse
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Re: using clients real name when describing a case?

Postby A. Nony Mouse » Sat Jan 10, 2015 9:08 pm

Lawyers owe their clients confidentiality, and are not supposed to identify their clients (unless the client consents, of course). Make up names and leave out identifying details that would, say, allow the reader to google and figure out who the clients were.

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Pneumonia
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Re: using clients real name when describing a case?

Postby Pneumonia » Sat Jan 10, 2015 9:17 pm

Any adcom reading it will assume you exercised the discretion to change the names, so why not go ahead and do so?

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Re: using clients real name when describing a case?

Postby mike0331 » Wed Jan 14, 2015 12:04 am

In one of my supplements I talked about a co-worker with him I had an issue, my father (an attorney) proof read it and highly recommended I change his name and mention it in parenthesis. With a client... you absolutely should.

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Re: using clients real name when describing a case?

Postby cmscott12 » Wed Jan 14, 2015 5:57 pm

I had a similar situation. I changed the name and made a footnote.




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