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Shari Klevens and Alanna Clair, Dentons. Shari Klevens (left) and Alanna Clair, Dentons. (Courtesy photo)

Regular travelers are familiar with the protocols of international travel, such as complying with various countries’ requirements regarding possession of liquids or certain agricultural products. But what is an attorney to do if a customs agent asks to peruse the attorney’s smart phone? Or if a customs agent asks the attorney to identify the clients that attorney is meeting or working on behalf of in the foreign country? Such questions can create a tension for attorneys between their duty to comply with international travel directives and their duty to preserve confidential or privileged client information in their possession.

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