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My hope is that by the end of this experience you have a keener appreciation of the complexity of ethical issues in behavioral health, greater understanding of both the daunting and more routine ethical issues that arise in the field, a solid grasp of helpful resources, and concrete information to help you protect clients and yourselves.Many problems addressed arise from the impropriety and unfair exploitation of the lawyers fiduciary position as well as the lawyers untold influence and potential personal conflict.As the ABAs Standing Committee on Legal Ethics identified in Formal Opinion No.APPLICABLE RULES The Committee recognizes that no provision in the Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct specifically prohibits sexual relationships between lawyer and client; however, the lawyer must consider that such conduct could: (1) jeopardize the lawyers ability to competently represent the client (Rule 1.1), (2) wrongfully exploit the lawyers fiduciary relationship with the client, (3) interfere with the lawyers independent professional judgment (Rule 2.1), (4) create a conflict of interest between the lawyer and the client (Rule 1.7, Rule 1.7 Comment , Rule 1.8(b) and Rule 1.10(a)), (5) jeopardize the duty of confidentiality owed to the client (Rule 1.6(a)), or (6) potentially prejudice the clients matter (Rule 1.3(c)). While a sexual relationship with a client may not directly impede the ability of a lawyer to provide competent representation, the danger of indirect harm or prejudice to the client nonetheless exists.Additionally, a lawyer who intentionally uses the fiduciary relationship of lawyer and client to coerce sexual favors from a client may be found to have violated Rule 8.4(b)s prohibition against a deliberately wrongful act that reflects adversely on the lawyers . Depending upon the circumstances of the clients matter, disclosure of the relationship may prejudice the client or compromise the competency of the representation thereby violating Rule 1.3(c) of the Rules of Professional Conduct and the principles underlying the Rules outlined in the following sections as well.