Paralegal dating client
Welcome to the first in what we hope to be a continuing series called "Ethical Dilemma of the Week," in which we try to make sense out of strange P. quandaries that lawyers may or may not find themselves in.
You Had Me at 'Summary Judgment' States using the ABA Model Rules have a pretty clear guideline: "A lawyer shall not have sexual relations with a client unless a consensual sexual relationship existed between them when the client-lawyer relationship commenced." California, one of the states that bucks the ABA rule trend, permits sexual relations with a current client unless and until "such sexual relations cause the member to perform legal services incompetently in violation of rule 3-110." But what about former clients?
Generally, it holds that a physician (and sometimes a dentist or nurse) is prevented from disclosing in judicial proceedings information from a patient seeking medical treatment. As with the other privileges, the goal is to encourage individuals to seek treatment or advice from therapists. Note that for the spousal immunity rule to apply, there first must be an existing, valid marriage. In some states, however, the privilege belongs to the party-spouse, or the criminal defendant.The final act of that drama, appears to have ended.reports Vinton lawyer Jeffrey Kessler, whose bankruptcy partnership with attorney Ann Marie Miller dissolved last year with an assault charge and hundreds of abandoned client files when he married an office paralegal, surrendered his privilege to practice bankruptcy law.Once representation is complete, the client isn't a client anymore, so lawyers in ABA Model Rule jurisdictions should be free to date to their hearts' content.Indeed, just last year, the Louisiana Supreme Court declined to apply to former clients the prohibition on dating current clients.