GIVING UP ON A LIFETIME GOAL—JURY DUTY. I have always wanted to serve on a jury. If I had ever had a bucket list, jury duty would have been on it. After spending days at trials wondering what jurors were thinking, I used to say that being on a jury would be like finding out the secrets of the harem. I have now given up on my wish. I got a jury summons a few months ago, but, upon reading it, I noted that anyone over 70 in Connecticut is entitled to an exemption. I am 71.
When I was a young lawyer in the late 60’s, women were entitled to an exemption from jury duty, and almost every woman claimed the exemption. The result was that lawyers were suspicious of any woman who was willing to serve on a jury, and they were challenged by one side or the other. I concluded that a retired lawyer who did not claim an exemption would likely be challenged. I have no desire to sit in a jury room without a prospect of serving. I claimed the exemption.