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Thank you for your question. The prohibition against having sexual relations under California and American Bar Association bar ethics rules applies to attorneys only. In other words, the prohibition is against attorneys have sexual relations with a client they are representing, meaning the punishment is born by the attorney if they violate the rule. The ethics rules also can cover situations when there is no sexual relationship if the relationship creates a conflict of interest between the attorneys duties as an attorney and their involvement with the other party.
You can read more about this issue by going to the CA Bar website and reading a fairly good article on the issue at this link: http://apps.calbar.ca.gov/mcleselfstudy/mcle_home.aspx?testID=12
If the attorney violates the rule, they can be disciplined, up to and including disbarment in some rare cases.
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