Editor: Margaret RyznarIndiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Thursday, March 10, 2011
By Family Law
From Florida Wires:
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Ask lawyer Kenny Leigh if he would ever represent a female client and he'll say no.
He'll also tell you he's not sexist but railing against a Family Court system that is unfair to men.
At 41, the Jacksonville lawyer has built what appears to be a successful law practice branded on the slogan, "Men Only. Family Law Only."
And while Leigh said he's finished with that slogan, the attorney said his firm's philosophy won't change.
"The only thing that's very consistent about family law is how unfair it is to men," Leigh said in a January sit-down interview. "The current system turns a father into a visitor and a paycheck."
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Anyone remember Stropnicky v. Nathanson - where the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination sanctioned a female family lawyer who had a women clients only policy? See my ancient article on the case at 35 San Diego L. Rev. 1 (1998). Having practiced family law in Florida around that time, I can't imagine that Mr. Leigh will face similar charges, but I always warn my students in PR against a client selection policy that expressly discriminates on grounds of race, gender, or another classification protected under state and federal anti-discrimination law.
Posted by: Steve Berenson | Mar 11, 2011 9:54:47 AM
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