Texas lawyers want to keep their ability to have sex with their clients. Y'all come back now, ya hear?
As it is, attorneys in the Lone Star State have never been ethically barred from fraternizing with clients. And they intend to keep it that way. The ban was defeated by a majority of voting Texas lawyers, reports the ABA Journal.
Under the proposed rule, Texas lawyers would have been in violation of ethics rules if they got romantically entangled with paying (or appointed) customers. That is, unless they were married or engaged in a consensual relationship that began before the representation, according to the Texas Bar website.
A whopping 72% of Texas lawyers rejected the sexual prohibition with clients, according to poll results. A landslide victory for unfettered sexual liaisons.
So, whether you practice in Texas or some other more Draconian state, you should probably still think long and hard before making the leap from the courthouse to the bedroom. Look no further than a famous Yale Law School grad and Arkansas lawyer: one Bill Clinton. Mixing sex and the law didn't exactly work out that well for him.
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