Hooray! Today is Love Your Lawyer Day!
What’s that, you say? It doesn’t show up on your calendar app? That’s weird. After all, it’s been officially recognized as such by the American Bar Association Law Practice Council, which passed a resolution to that effect. In case you didn’t know, you’re supposed to post stories and pictures with the hashtag #LoveYourLawyerDay to help celebrate your special affection for your lawyer.
Uh, yeah. Look, I’m a lawyer, and this all seems pretty lame to me, too. I’m not familiar with any other profession that whines about being vilified by negative stereotypes — like, say, Saul in Breaking Bad — and then passes a resolution that tries to guilt trip the American public into finally saying something positive. To my knowledge, at least, there’s no Love Your Banker Day or Love Your Accountant Day or even Love Your IRS Agent Day. Among all of the professions that might feel dissed by popular cultural depictions from time to time, only lawyers apparently are so needy and desperate for public approval that they pass a resolution in the vain hope of reversing prevailing views of their profession.
So you don’t have warm and fuzzy feelings about lawyers, you say? Fair enough. How about we celebrate Love Your Lawyer Joke Day instead? Everyone has a favorite lawyer joke, and we should at least be thankful to the legal profession for spurring the creation of some nifty chestnuts. Here are some which do nothing but feed those awful stereotypes:
Q: What’s the difference between a lawyer and a liar?
A: The pronunciation.
Q: What do you call a lawyer gone bad?
Q: Why did New Jersey get all the toxic waste and California all the lawyers?
A: New Jersey got to pick first.
Q: What do lawyers and sperm have in common?
A: One in 3,000,000 has a chance of becoming a human being.
Any profession that has contributed that mightily to American humor can’t be all bad.