I’m sitting outside the auditorium at a day-long CLE on starting a law firm, and one lawyer after another has stepped out to have a loud conversation with a client. So far (it’s only been about an hour and a half), I have heard all about a pretty interesting-sounding theft, a thorny-sounding father-son real estate venture and the son’s credit history and trucking business (the client’s voice was loud enough for me to catch snippets of his side of the conversation, too), and a small startup.

While I’m sure each of these lawyers carefully scanned the dimly-lit audience for adverse parties and known gossips, it still seems like a bad idea.

People, don’t be dumb.