Because we are prohibited, pursuant to a consent decree from publicly even mentioning the name of a particular Listserv which begins with the letter F- so let's call it "the F word" , we must speak hypothetically, lest we find ourselves in a Dep/Hurd-like defamation lawsuit.
So assume hypothetically the F Word Listserv had members who attended some sort of federal seminar ten days or so ago. And assume hypothetically the lawyers who attended the seminar started feeling sick a few days after attending the event. And assume hypothetically some of the lawyers on the F Word copy and send emails to yours truly, then what emerges is a picture of a ....
SUPER SPREADER COVID EVENT .... (cue ominous omicron music).
Covid/Omicron is ripping through a dedicated group of federal defenders who just wanted to attend a resort, get some CLE, and whilst at the bar, be able to say "so then during cross of the government's snitch I get them to say they met with my client ten times without telling the government. The judge sent the jury out of the room and ripped into the prosecutors for not disclosing that and they dismissed the case the next day..."
Because what's a CLE conference without a little alcohol-fueled war-stories-bragging?
If you close your eyes and imagine the Great Gatsby, that's what we imagine the off hours at the Super Spreader event to be. Men in tuxedos, women in long evening gowns, sipping champagne cocktails, sans mask, laughing at hoi poloi wearing masks serving them petit fours while musicians playing violins stroll the grounds.
In any event, as Rocky said in Rocky I, "If youse wanna dance you gotta pay the band. If youse wanna play, youse gotta pay the man. "
Paying the man in this instance being getting Covid for being so confident that your vaccine status protected you from Omicron. It does not and it will not do so until the new batch of vaccines this fall are approved.
We hope all of you recover quickly and remember, a lawn party does not give you the right to not wear a mask. No mask=Covid. It is as simple as that. Be safe.