I feel ambivalent about this. I will certainly lose productivity as a result, but why should lawyers be exempt. It’s an inconvenience, for sure, but isn’t it better to have a true cross-section than to limit it only to those people who are unable to figure out a way to get ouit of it?
Trial by jury is a fundamental right. I’ve served on one jury before, a criminal trial in New Jersey. I’m not sure it’s a smart idea to have a lawyer on the jury, but it may be useful to have a legal mind around.