Dating client ethical
, we concluded by promising another entry on the thorny problem of conducting personal relationships with clients and/or their spouses.
This is a temptation that seems to be irresistible to many, with legion stories cataloging bad behavior and worse– everything from the divorce lawyer who got caught in the courthouse literally with his pants down with his mentally unstable client seeking custody of her three kids to the criminal lawyer who "loved" her poor, black diminished capacity client onto death row and a lethal injection.
Certainly I can find some helpful statistics to bring about a solid article.
What I did find was that in the worlds of physical therapy, law, and counseling, research reveals that dating clients is common, although not looked upon favorably.
As Vivia Chen, the Careerist, points out, "the trick is for the libidinous lawyer to pick locales where the punishment is light.
Here’s the surprise: Some of the Bible Belt states [like South Carolina and Mississippi] seem to be more forgiving about adulterous lawyers than a relatively liberal state like Michigan." WHO the lawyer may not have sex with also varies.
The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers rules specifically rule out opposing counsel as well as clients.
Rule 1.8(k) of the Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct has been interpreted to mean that in the case of clients that are organizations rather than individuals, an attorney may not have sexual contact with any member of the client organization directly overseeing the case.
Is it any wonder that single clients consider our single veterinarians “dating candidates?Whether unethical or not, once the relationship is established, the procedure for ending it is not that dissimilar from ending a relationship in the office, unless the other party–client, spouse, etc.–is not so keen on ending it, in which case the threat of disbarment may really slow that disengagement down. approached me about writing this article, I was a little reluctant. But after giving the subject some thought, I decided, Why not?“We will be one of the few states that doesn’t prohibit having sex . Suffice it to say that personal relationships with clients, their spouses, opposing counsel, the General Counsel of your client–all of these pose not only a challenge to delivering adequate legal representation but may also potentially ruin your career. A cool weighing of the postives and negatives might be in order.