Sacto Bee: State Bar bans sex between attorneys and clients

James Ham, an attorney on a state bar commission, objected to the new rule where there was no harm. "The real issue is a philosophical and constitutional one about how intrusive government can be in people's lives."

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The new rules approved Thursday will now go before the California Supreme Court.

California State Bar bans sex between attorneys and clients

The State Bar of California approved an ethics rule that would subject lawyers to discipline for having sex with their clients.

California currently bars attorneys from coercing a client into sex or demanding sex in exchange for legal representation.

But voluntary sex between attorneys and clients is not prohibited as long as it does not cause the lawyers to “perform legal services incompetently.”

The new rule would completely ban sex between lawyers and clients with some exceptions.

As of May 2015, 17 states had adopted a blanket sex ban drafted by the American Bar Association, according to an ABA committee that looked at implementation of the group’s ban.

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