Iowa Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Board v. Morrison case brief
Iowa Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Board v. Morrison case
727 N.W.2d 115 (2007)
The Iowa Supreme Court Attorney
Disciplinary Board filed a complaint against the attorney, alleging
he violated the Iowa Code of Professional Responsibility for Lawyers
by engaging in a sexual relationship with a client.
CASE FACTS The lawyer had a sexual relationship
with a client he was representing in a dissolution proceeding. The
attorney represented this client from October 2004 through February
2005. They had sex on several occasions from November 2004 through
March 2005. The attorney did not have a personal relationship with
this client prior to November 2004. In lieu of an evidentiary hearing
before the Grievance Commission, the Board and the attorney agreed to
submit the matter upon stipulation. The parties stipulated to the
facts above. The attorney acknowledged his conduct was unethical.
Board noted the attorney cooperated with its investigation.
attorney's conduct was a patent violation of Iowa Code of
Professional Responsibility for Lawyers, and the behavior was
prohibited by Iowa Code Prof. Resp. DR 5-101(B); however, the
attorney's behavior did not appear to be particularly egregious in
comparison to other previous cases.
Nevertheless, at least the
potential for harm existed and exists in any attorney-client
Moreover, the attorney had previously been admonished
for making a sexual advance toward another client.
CONCLUSION The attorney was suspended indefinitely
from the practice of law with no possibility of reinstatement for at
least three months.
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