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BlackBerry: A High-Tech Ball and Chain For Lawyers

Monty Solomon (
Thu, 22 Dec 2005 23:00:00

December 22, 2005

Perhaps the lawyers at Burns & Levinson don't know it's nicknamed the

That might explain why a partner at the Boston firm recently e-mailed
a stern memo to his department, reminding lawyers that their
BlackBerries -- the ubiquitous and addictive wireless handhelds that
can send e-mail and make phone calls -- should be kept on after hours,
on weekends, and, in the case of ''essential" attorneys, during

"They are not just accessories or collectors' items," Brian D. Bixby,
cochairman of the firm's private clients group, wrote in his memo,
which became public after being sent anonymously to Massachusetts
Lawyers Weekly. "They are not to be used only when you feel like
sending an e-mail. They are supposed to make you more accessible for
receiving e-mails after hours and on weekends."

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