Her debut single "I Love U" was released in 2007 to mixed reviews.Despite having strong online sales, the song failed to enter any charts.That may sound fair enough – after all, lawyers and their clients are typically consenting adults – but coercion is difficult to prove, and, like other professionals called upon in times of trouble or confusion, lawyers have an inherent power edge on the vulnerable people who seek out their counsel.The California State Bar says it investigated 205 complaints of this kind of misconduct between 19, but the evidence for disciplinary action was only sufficient in one.Sex between therapists and their clients is a grave violation of ethics. Securities and Exchange Commission recently slapped the accounting firm of Ernst & Young with a .3 million fine after two of its auditors began dating clients, compromising their fiduciary independence.
That’s the question being posed by the State Bar, and it’s not only a good one – it’s also long overdue.Some people my age — extreme middle-age — train for marathons, or paddle down the Amazon, skydive, or adopt. And having realized this one long-shot dream with my grown child gave me the confidence to try something even harder: to date. The thing was, I had just done something brave, which was to write a memoir with my son, tour the East Coast together, and appear on stages before hundreds of people at a time.California is one of the few jurisdictions that doesn’t automatically discipline attorneys who become intimate with people for whom they’re supposed to provide objective legal representation.The State Bar forbids such conduct only if the lawyer coerces, intimidates or uses “undue influence,” or if the relationship results in incompetent legal representation.