The Decision-Making Conundrum When Representing a Child or Mentally Impaired Adult

Friday, June 3

(10:40am - 12:00pm)

Moderator: Bruce Green
Panelists: Bruce Boyer, Hon. Eleanor Bush, Scott Kozlov, Kacey Mordecai

Representing children and mentally impaired adults presents uniquely difficult challenges to the decision-making paradigm within the professional relationship. Should the representation of a child or a client with diminished capacity always be client-directed—even if the lawyer knows that the client’s objectives will harm the client? When, if ever, may a lawyer substitute the lawyer’s judgment for that of the client to do what the lawyer believes is in the client’s best interests? May the lawyer disclose confidential client information to third parties to obtain decision-making assistance for a child or an impaired client? A panel of experts on the representation of children and mentally-impaired adults will consider these questions and more. 


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