Given the proximity of the Canadian border, and with the YLD Thaw in mind, this article strikes home.
As reported by the ABA Journal in this post, ABA President Linda Klein recently authored a letter to DHS in which she expressed “serious concern about standards that permit searches of lawyer laptops and other electronic devices at the border in the absence of reasonable suspicion.” President Klein’s letter is here.
Let me be clear: I am NOT suggesting that Vermont lawyers have an affirmative duty to refrain from bringing devices that contain client data to Montreal when traveling for the weekend. However, understand what might happen upon your return. And, as I often say in response to inquiries, avoiding problems is a great way not to have any. So, if you don’t need your device that contains work & client data while you’re wandering the Old Port, consider not bringing it.
Somewhat related, I’ve previously posted a blog Subpoena to Disclose Client Info?