yeah sounds pretty common by the looks of this thread. i was told by a lawyer pal of mine (who primarily does criminal work in court) that they strike lawyers from the pool around here. interesting, maybe there is hope for me yet.
It's like police officers, 20+ years ago when I got my first summons police officers were pretty much excluded. Last time I went there was a prison guard, city cop and a Border Patrol Agent in the jury pool. Of course none were placed on the jury but all still had to go through the process. I'm guess people figure if they have to go through it then so do LEO's and lawyers.
When I first moved to Texas I was in a smallish town and at my first jury duty I saw the judge give a Sheriff's Deputy 30 minutes to go home and change out of his uniform and come back to serve in his assigned jury pool because he wasn't going to excuse him because he worked in law enforcement.
I happen to agree if you're a criminal defense lawyer why can't you serve on a civil case?