Law students thinking ahead about not just passing the bar exam, but also the fitness and character requirements might take a lesson from a former student of mine. He contacted me with some alarm a few days ago to tell me that the Virginia bar committee that has to approve fitness and character of applicants had expressed concern in his case on account of a large number of traffic citations. Not unpaid tickets or parking tickets, or anything as serious as a DUI – simple speeding, in nearly all cases caught by automatic cameras in DC. How many? Nine in the past 18 months – he says many for the same stretch of DC road caught in the middle of the night by automatic radar/camera.
I don’t think this will cause him problems in the end, but it’s not something one wants to have a discussion about with the bar fitness and character committee either. I’m submitting a special character reference about his general sense of responsibility and law-abiding nature. Anyway, word of caution to law students looking down the road to getting sworn in. (At least until self-driving cars take over DC roads and remove temptation; some commentators see a future in which insurance companies give lower rates to self-driving car users, precisely to remove these kinds of issues, once the insurers conclude that on balance the robot car is safer.)