Today's post actually comes from a question asked almost 4 years ago in the comments on this blog:
I've been running my own firm for a short period of time. I recently received an e-mail from my paralegal that was not intended for me, but for a client of mine.
The e-mail had a tone that made me think that there was more than just a client-paralegal relationship budding between the two of them. Instead of going in to quickly confront my paralegal, I decided to do a bit more investigation. As is my right, I read through the firm e-mails that the paralegal had sent/received from this client.
It appears that my paralegal is engaged in an extra-marital affair with this client. I'm not going to get on my high horse and judge my paralegal for doing this(even if I am morally against it), I'm just worried about the effects it will have on my firm.
I'd like some advice on how to handle this situation. Are there any Professional Rules I should be concerned about? Any advice is welcome.What do you think? Previous responses only went so far as to say that's a great question for bar counsel, but how would YOU handle this?