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Does the Board of Legal Specialization cover ‘Spring Break Law’ Yet?

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Doubtful, but you never know. From today’s WSJ:

This time of year, defense lawyer Ben Bollinger likes to stick close to his office between noon and 2 every afternoon. That’s when the spring breakers begin to call from jail.

Spring Break Is A Legal Specialty For Ben Bollinger Florida Lawyer Enjoys A Spike in His Business; Defendants in Flip-Flops

Mr. Bollinger is among a handful of criminal defense attorneys who have developed a microspecialty in spring-break offenses. In South Padre Island, Texas, attorney Mike McNamara, a professed “major beach bum,” posts fliers with the slogan, “Got drunk? Got caught? Call Mike. He won’t tell your mama!” The 65-year-old Mr. McNamara’s Web site features a photo of himself lounging in a lawn chair on the beach in bathing trunks and sunglasses, with a beer in his hand.

At the height of spring break, South Padre’s population of about 3,000 swells by up to 70,000 spring breakers. The municipal court, usually in session just one day a week, runs seven days a week processing 50 to 60 cases a day, says city prosecutor Stuart Diamond. Judges know the kids are in town for just a few days and usually assess a fine and let them go. Cops even give offenders a ride to the ATM to get cash to pay their fines, which run up to $500 for Class C misdemeanors like public intoxication.

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