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Iowa Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Board v. Monroe

Iowa Supreme Court
784 N.W.2d 784 (2010)


Facts

William Monroe (defendant) was an attorney who began representing his client, Jane Doe, in a divorce and child-custody matter. After she became his client, Doe began a sexual relationship with Monroe. During the relationship, Monroe continued to represent Doe in the divorce proceedings and also in misdemeanor criminal charges that were filed against her. Shortly thereafter, Doe and Monroe amicably decided to end their intimate relationship. When Doe’s estranged husband learned of the relationship, he told his divorce attorney. The husband’s attorney reported the situation to the disciplinary board and also informed the assistant county attorney. The assistant county attorney suggested to Monroe that he should stop representing Doe. Monroe withdrew from his representation in the divorce case but continued to represent Doe in the misdemeanor matters until they were resolved. Monroe was brought before the Iowa Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Board (plaintiff) for violations of professional conduct. Doe testified at the hearing before the disciplinary commission that the relationship was completely consensual, that Monroe exerted no undue influence over her in initiating or ending the relationship, and that she remained good friends with him.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Ternus, J.)

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