Sunday, July 24, 2011
Gemma Smyth (Univ. of Windsor Faculty of Law) has posted "Interviewing Adult Clients in Child Protection Matters: Advice for New Lawyers" on SSRN. Here is the abstract?
Client interviewing is a cornerstone of lawyer-client relationships, particularly in often high-conflict child protection matters. This practical article focuses on the initial interview of adult clients involved in child protection matters. Part I sets out the social context of interviewing caregivers. Part II describes the theories of client-centred and engaged client-centred lawyering employed throughout the paper. Given the context and theory, Part III sets out four key stages of interviewing that may prove difficult for new lawyers: rapport-building, fact gathering, reality checking and concluding.