One hour into a 3-hour Professional Responsibility Exam, Mike decides to take a break. He uses the restroom, and then goes to grab some coffee. Explain the implications of the following under the ABA Model Rules, the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, and the law school honor code.
a) Because there was no coffee made in his office, he has to make it himself. Is this a problem?
b) Once the coffee is made, he's about to head back down to his exam, but then remembers the words of the proctor: "You may leave the exam room, but you may not take anything out of the exam room, nor bring anything back in." Assuming that a coffee mug would qualify as "anything," he chooses instead to drink his coffee upstairs before returning to the exam. What gives?
c) If the coffee mug qualifies as something he ought not to bring back into the exam room, then what about the coffee itself? And should we consdider his bathroom break, in which he certainly "took something out of the exam room" with which he did not return? Is the logical extension of this line of thought that anyone wishing to leave the exam room during the exam would have to first disrobe entirely, and is this necessarily a bad thing?
d) In your opinion, would most law school exams be made more enjoyable if they included a 30-minute coffee break in the middle?