Damon Silver is an attorney in the Santa Clara County Public Defender’s Office. A few days ago, The San Jose Mercury News ran an article that included this quote from Silver:
- “As an office we encourage our employees to pursue outside interests and explore their passions. For many it’s traveling, and we think such pursuits are critical to the general wellness of our entire PDO family.”
Great stuff! I completely agree and applaud the office’s approach to well-being.
Alas, there’s more to the story, and it’s kind of scary.
The Mercury News wasn’t running an article on attorney wellness. It was reporting on the assistant public defender who was gored while taking a selfie as he participated in Pamplona’s famed Running of the Bulls. The Associated Press, the ABA Journal, and Above the Law also covered the story. Fortunately, the lawyer survived and is expected to make a full recovery.
I’m all for well-being and passions outside the law. But, let’s be careful out there.
P.S. If Mr. Vernon taught me anything, it’s this: