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Iowa Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Board v. Morrison

Supreme Court of Iowa
727 N.W.2d 115 (2007)


Facts

Attorney William Morrison (defendant) voluntarily notified the Iowa Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Board (Disciplinary Board) (plaintiff) that he had engaged in a consensual sexual relationship with a divorce client over a six-month period. In the recent past, he had received an admonition from the Disciplinary Board for his attempt to solicit a romantic relationship with a different divorce client. Morrison recognized that his sexual relationship was unethical under Iowa’s Code of Professional Responsibility for Lawyers (Code of Professional Responsibility). The Disciplinary Board filed an action against him. He cooperated with the investigation, and the parties agreed to submit the matter on stipulation rather than proceed to a hearing before the Grievance Commission. Morrison and the Disciplinary Board jointly recommended that he be sanctioned with a 60-day suspension of his law license. The Grievance Commission recommended that his license be suspended for six months and that he be required to complete a counseling program. The court considered the matter on the record stipulated.

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