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Year in Review: Lawyerly Sexcapades

Is "lawyer sex" an oxymoron? Psychologist Fiona Travis would seem to suggest as much, as we wrote in a post here last February, Marry a Lawyer? Are You Crazy? "Overworked, overburdened and squeezed by time -- and now, the worst downturn in two decades -- lawyers do exhibit communication and intimacy breakdowns peculiar to their education, their professional training and work environment," Travis explained. But there was one gaping hole in Travis' theory: She married a lawyer.

Over the holidays, I looked back at the stories we covered in 2009 here at Legal Blog Watch. I plan to write several posts over the next week or two highlighting some of the standouts. I thought I'd start with sexual behavior and misbehavior involving lawyers and the legal system because ... well, because it was just so easy. While lawyer sex may not be an oxymoron, some of the stories sure seem moronic.

Without hesitation, I award the top spot in this category to Deidre Dare, who started 2009 as a senior lawyer in the Moscow office of Allen & Overy and who ended it with the publication of her latest novel, "Slut." It was a year ago this month that we first wrote about Dare, when her firm ordered her to stop publishing her erotic fiction on her personal Web site. Not long after, the firm gave her the boot and she threatened to sue. In April, she made good on the threat. While her lawsuit meanders its way through the system, Dare bides her time as a sex columnist for The Moscow News.

The number two spot goes to Samir Zia Chowhan, the Illinois attorney who was charged with posting a Craigslist ad for a "secretary with benefits," which Bruce Carton wrote about in October. The ad, posted in the "Adult Gigs" section, sought an "energetic woman for their open secretary/legal assistant position." Along with a resume, the ad requested "a few pictures along with a description of your physical features." In a follow-up e-mail to one applicant, Chowhan explained that, "in addition to legal work, you would be required to have sexual interaction with me and my partner, sometimes together sometimes separate."

Next up comes William G. Halby, the New York tax lawyer who made a federal case of his legal battle to claim tax deductions for more than $100,000 he spent on prostitutes and pornography. As we reported here in September, Halby claimed his visits to prostitutes and purchases of porn constituted sex therapy. Not surprisingly, the U.S. Tax Court didn't buy it.

Next up: The case that considered whether cows are tormented by oral sex, which we wrote about in September. It came from New Jersey, where a former police officer stood accused of engaging in oral sex with calves. At issue was whether the acts constituted animal cruelty in that they tormented the animal. A Superior Court judge dismissed the charges, concluding he had no way of knowing how the calves felt about the encounters.

Last but not least were the three Long Island lawyers who were accused of teaming up with a Manhattan dominatrix and a Manhattan fetish club to run a $50 million mortgage scam, which we wrote about in March. Prosecutors alleged the lawyers were part of a scheme that recruited fake buyers from clients of the dominatrix and fetish club and took out mortgages in their names on more than 50 homes in the exclusive Long Island town of Southampton. The schemers pocketed the mortgage money, prosecutors charged, and left the houses without owners and in foreclosure.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on January 4, 2010 at 11:53 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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