Supreme Court Adopts Sex Rule

Yesterday, the Vermont Supreme Court issued an order amending Rule 1.8 of the Vermont Rules of Professional Conduct.  The amendment reads:

  • “A lawyer shall not have sexual relations with a client unless a consensual sexual relationship existed between them when the client-lawyer relationship commenced.”

The Court’s order is HERE.

The Professional Responsibility Board proposed the amendment last fall.  As I noted at the time,

“the Board’s position is that the imbalance of power inherent in the professional relationship between lawyer and client necessitates an absolute ban on a sexual relationship between the two.” 

The amendment goes into effect on March 12, 2018.

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