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Lake Pleasant Bodies Case (A)
Presents a classic dilemma in legal ethics--the conflict between an attorney's obligations as an attorney, in this case to protect a client's confidentiality, and his or her own moral obligations as a person. An attorney must decide how to respond to the father of a missing young woman who has asked for information about her whereabouts. The attorney knows from conversations with his client that the young woman is dead and where her body is. Shows students what role-related obligations are, why they have strong moral claims, and the difficult dilemmas role obligations can create.
Keywords: Decision Choices and Conditions;
Attorney and Client Relationships;
Legal Services Industry;
Badaracco, Joseph L., Jr. "Lake Pleasant Bodies Case (A)." Harvard Business School Case 390-212, October 1991. (Revised from original June 1990 version.)