1. Sexual exploitation of divorce clients: The lawyer's prerogativeHarvard Women's Law Journal (1987)
Melvin Belli has suggested, relying on his own experience as an attorney, that sex between a lawyer and his client is the "lawyer's prerogative." This statement stresses the power imbalance implicit in many attorney-client relationships, and implies that sexuality is up to the lawyer as the more powerful member of the dyad. Belli's position is also characteristic of the unique perspective through which lawyers commonly view their practice. Many attorneys believe that as long as the lawyer performs adequately in the courtroom, his indiscriminate behavior in the bedroom does no wrong, nor, in technical terms, breaches any fiduciary duty.
- child abuse,
- sexual exploitation,
Publication DateAugust, 1987
Citation InformationLyon, T. D. (1987). Sexual exploitation of divorce clients: The lawyer's prerogative? Harvard Women's Law Journal, 10, 159-201.