Sex between lawyers and their clients is being considered for ban in California.
California is the most populous state in the United States and the third most extensive by area.
It is also the nation’s largest state bar association. Read also: Senate considers Tokunbo cars ban
Before now, the state has barred lawyers from coercing a client into sex or demanding sex in exchange for legal representation.
However, not few lawyers are unhappy about the proposed rule that would open them up to discipline for having sex with clients. They say it’s an unjustified invasion of privacy.
But those in support of an all-out ban, begged to differ. This group say the relationship between a lawyer and client is inherently unequal, so any sexual relationship is potentially coercive.
Between September 1992 and January 2010, the state bar investigated 205 complaints of misconduct under the current sex restriction.
If the proposed rule comes into force, it would provide clarity to lawyers and remove the difficulty of proving the sexual relationship was the result of coercion or negatively affected the lawyer’s performance, supporters say.