Sometimes They Can't Pay
There's a ruckus in California as the state bar prepares new ethics rules. The biggest bone of contention is a rule to ban all sex between lawyer and client.
Certain situations are already considered unethical--coercive sex, to pick an obvious example. But some feel any sexual relationship is unequal, and so want to create a bright line rule.
People are making lots of jokes, but underneath is a serious matter, and a clash of world views. There are those who see all sorts of sexual relationships as unfair and want to ban them or punish those involved. I think a better view of relationships is, by and large, they're not anyone's business. Sex between consenting adults should be presumed acceptable, and that presumption should only be overturned if there are excellent reasons to do so. What the bar is suggesting is far from excellent.