Sex with Current Client and Other New Rules of Professional Conduct

Sex with Current Client and Other New Rules of Professional Conduct

The California Supreme Court approved new Rules on May 10, 2018 via Supreme Court Administrative Order 2018-05-09, and The Rules of Professional Conduct became effective on November 1, 2018.

Basically, a lawyer cannot have sex with a current client UNLESS there was a pre-existing consensual sexual relationship.  Thus:

  1.  They must have been having sex before the client became a client.

Mediation and Confidentiality: What is All the Hoopla?

Mediation Confidentiality: what is all the hoopla?

Hoopla is derived from the French “Houp-la” which is a sound akin to “whoopsi-daisy!” when you are swinging around a child.  It now is used to describe a over-sensationalist response to something average, a much ado about nothing.

Anyway, back to the law.  If you have been looking around for mediators, you may have noticed you are inundated with lots of forms which have “waivers”, and “disclosures”.  Most of them deal with confidentiality.

Prenuptial Agreements and Jeff Bezos

January is divorce month.  As soon as the new year bell tolls, people dig into determined changes for the year.  Since I became a family lawyer in 2000, I have been interviewed every beginning of the year about the subject of marriage and money.

In January 2011, I was interviewed by NPR Marketplace in a segment called, “Financially Preparing for a Divorce”.  The segment focused a LOT on premarital agreements.  You can read the transcript for this show and listen to it by clicking here. 

Jeff Bezos, World’s Richest Man, Announces Divorce

Jeff Bezos, World’s Richest Man, Announces Divorce

Being rich doesn’t save you from being cliche.  Jeff Bezos, after 25 years of marriage to Mackenzie, announces his split in January (divorce month), on social media (Twitter).

“After a long period of loving exploration and trial separation, we have decided to divorce and continue our shared lives as friends,” he tweets.  “We feel incredibly lucky to have found each other and deeply grateful for every one of the years we have been married to each other. 

New Law Requires Mediation Disclosure Notification and Acknowledgement

Yes, this is a mediation post.  No, it’s not just for us “mediators”. It applies to ALL attorneys whose clients eventually go into mediation to resolve a case (in family law, this is like 99% of you!!!)

Starting January 1, 2019, California law imposes on attorneys representing a client participating in a mediation, or an attorney-mediator the duty to disclose the ramifications of confidentiality and protections of communications in mediation.

The new law is Evidence Code 1129.