Self-Incrimination: Privilege, Immunity, and Comment in Bar Disciplinary Proceedings

The questions of the extent of an attorney’s right to claim the privilege against self-incrimination during bar disciplinary proceedings and of the consequences of the exercise of the privilege has created a sharp division of opinion. The privilege against self-incrimination necessarily involves a conflict between the public’s interest in disclosure and the individual’s interest in privacy and nondisclosure. However, the conflict is exacerbated when the individual claiming the privilege is entrusted with important public responsibilities.