February 08, 2007


by PG

Apparently electronic devices are a sufficiently significant cause of death and injury to New York's urban population that people who use them while in crosswalks should be fined and summoned to criminal court. There's a new dilemma to add to professional responsibility class: If you need to be walking to court simultaneous with checking on the latest information for your client's case, do you have an ethical obligation to use your Blackberry or cellphone in the crosswalk even if it means breaking the law?

(OK, that's not much of a dilemma because in legal ethics, the answer that involves becoming a defendant oneself never is the correct one, whereas journalists actually debate whether to go to jail to protect a source. The only serious dilemmas in legal ethics are the ones where you have to steer between the Scylla of prosecution and the Charybdis of bar sanctions, as with the Washington State bar's attempted defiance of SarbOx.)

February 8, 2007 03:09 AM | TrackBack

Remember the Cooley Godward associate who ran over a pedestrian, allegedly while using her cell phone for firm business. There was a judgment entered against her, and the firm settled for some amount as well.

Posted by: Tom T. at February 9, 2007 11:56 PM
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