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August 22, 2007

nap room ethics for lawyers

Filed under: Haiku or Senryu,lawyer news or ethics — David Giacalone @ 5:09 pm

    We’ve got too much to do today to delve into anything at great length (yes, a bonus for our long-suffering readership). So, here’s a sleeper of a post, and we hope to have a few more of our q.s. quickies later tonight:

     David Lat of Above the Law learned about corporate napping in the recent NYT article “That Yawn After Lunch Is Perfectly Normal” (New York Times, Aug. 19, 2007), and asks “Biglaw Perk Watch: Nap Rooms?” (Aug. 22, 2007; hat tip to “Ed” at Blawg Review). Lat wonders

“Does anyone know of a law firm with a “nap room”? . . . If medical residents who are on-call get nap rooms, why can’t Biglaw lawyers?”

The usual AtL comment rabble respond, in their customary hypo-edifying style, but they missed — as the young and unseasoned often do — a  very important aspect of the fight for more law firm nap rooms:

napHammock With the snowballing Graying of the Bar, and the ethical duty of law firms to protect clients by putting into place procedures that will help compensate for the age-related physical and mental problems of older lawyers [see my article “No Senior Discount at the Ethics Bar” (The Complete Lawyer, Vol. 3 #4, July-August 2007)], it appears to be an ethical violation not to furnish nap rooms for attorneys at any firm with Boomers and other Geezers on the roster. Throw in Americans with Disabilities Act arguments, and age discrimination/EEOC issues, and we have the makings of a great cross-generational campaign to make sure lawyers can nap in comfort and without stigma in law firms across the nation.  So, get to it Lat et al, your elders are here with moral support and all the mentoring you need (right after our afternoon nap, of course).

Discovery channel –
an older male vanquished
heads for the hills

within the red wine
a nap in my chair

……………………. Tom ClausenUpstate Dim Sum (2003/II)

a noon nap napperPark
on a good day…
first rainbow

his quick nap
is just pretend…
hermit crab
…………………. by Kobayashi Issa, translated by David G. Lanoue — Find more nap haiku and senryu in our posting of June 6, 2007 on horizontal punditry.

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