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News Updates--Sex, Tigers, and Videotapes

Vivia Chen

February 18, 2011

TexSx Since the Careerist launched last May, we've covered the gamut of juicy stories about the legal profession. Some of those stories have interesting follow-ups. Here's the latest:

Tex-Sex: Are some states more lenient than others in the way they sanction lawyers who have sex with their clients or their clients' spouses? The Careerist asked that question last September in "A Guide for Lawyers Who Lust." (The short answer: Bible Belt states tend to go easy when it comes to transgressing lawyers.)

Texas, which also has its share of misbehaving lawyers, has been on the fence about amending its professional conduct rules to expressly prohibit sex between lawyers and their clients. The proposed amendment, according to Texas Lawyer, would have prohibited such contact "unless the two are married or are engaged in an ongoing consensual sexual relationship that began before the representation." 

The upshot: Texas just voted down the amendment. “We will be one of the few states that doesn’t prohibit having sex . . . with clients," SMU law professor Linda Eads told  Texas Lawyer. So don't mess with Texas about messing in Texas.


Chua.chinTigers at Home: Yes, I know you're tired hearing about Yale law prof Amy Chua and her book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mom. (See "Supermom, Chinese Style" for the Careerist's take.) But here's an interesting twist: The Chinese translation of Chua's book is called--dig this--Being an American Mom (see cover at left), reports The Wall Street Journal. Some Chinese contend that "American-born Ms. Chua, whose ethnic Chinese parents emigrated to the U.S. from the Philippines, shouldn’t be taken to represent 'Chinese' parents."

Also, did you catch WSJ Law Blog's Ashby Jones's interview with Chua's husband (a.k.a. Tiger Dad), Jed Rubenfeld? He came out with his own book recently, Death Instinct, a historical novel set in New York in the 1920s. Though Rubenfeld's book has gotten some terrific reviews, I suspect it's been totally dwarfed by his wife's latest work. No wonder Rubenfeld seemed a bit testy about his wife's book in the WSJ interview.


You-Tube Lawyer Gets Respect (and Agent): Remember David Kazzie, the Virginia lawyer whose animated video, "So You Want to Go to Law School," was a mega You-Tube hit last fall?  Well, it looks like Kazzie's 15 minutes of fame might yield bigger dividends.

Kazzie, who's been plugging away for years at his fiction writing, just got himself what every aspiring writer dreams about: a New York literary agent. Ann Rittenberg signed Kazzie as a client after watching his latest video ("So You Want to Write a Novel") on You-Tube, reports the WSJ. The video "was so funny and brilliantly accurate that I thought actually he'd done a Vulcan mind-meld with me," Rittenberg told the WSJ.


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i live inthe East.our values are different from the west.a lawyer cant have sex with his client.

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Vivia Chen

Vivia Chen, The Careerist's chief blogger, has been covering the business and culture of law firms for a decade. A former corporate lawyer, Chen is fascinated by those who thrive (as well as those who don't) in the legal profession. Her take: Success in the law (and life) doesn't always travel a linear path. If you have topics you'd like to discuss or information to share, contact her: VChen@alm.com

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