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This belief is founded on several notions: that they are more intelligent than the rest of us; that law is civilization's supreme system of order; and that "learning to think like a lawyer" has equipped them with the finest possible tools to analyze human affairs, both big and small.
The belief is ill-proven, because until they've given up thinking like lawyers, they don't do well in other fields (with the unfortunate exception of politics).
Aside from the peculiar belief that law describes reality, lawyers are simply not well-rounded people.
Welcome to the first in what we hope to be a continuing series called "Ethical Dilemma of the Week," in which we try to make sense out of strange P. quandaries that lawyers may or may not find themselves in.
You Had Me at 'Summary Judgment' States using the ABA Model Rules have a pretty clear guideline: "A lawyer shall not have sexual relations with a client unless a consensual sexual relationship existed between them when the client-lawyer relationship commenced." California, one of the states that bucks the ABA rule trend, permits sexual relations with a current client unless and until "such sexual relations cause the member to perform legal services incompetently in violation of rule 3-110." But what about former clients?