Legal Ethics

Lawyer: I Had Sex with Client at Her Home and in My Office, But Not in Courthouse Law Library

Facing potential discipline for admittedly having sex with a client at her home and at his office, an Iowa lawyer says an implication that he might have done so as well in the Black Hawk County courthouse law library is baseless.

Clovis Bowles, 56, admits the affair several years ago with his then-client—which led to their marriage and subsequent divorce six weeks later, after which he paid the woman, who is now in her mid-30s, $200 a month in alimony, the Des Moines Register reports.

After she complained to lawyer discipline authorities, they investigated. The grievance committee of the Iowa Supreme Court is now recommending that the court suspend him from practice for three years, based both on the affair and Bowles’ initial denial of it.

Bowles says he made mistakes which he regrets: “I had an affair with a client,” he tells the newspaper. “And I lied when I denied it. I shouldn’t have, but I did.”

He represented the woman in a criminal matter and allegedly was aware of her troubled emotional history.

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