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Those Dreaded Lawyer Jokes & What We Tell The Children by Barry J. Lipson, Esq. (A Corplaw Commentary)

Those Dreaded Lawyer Jokes & What We Tell The Children by Barry J. Lipson, Esq. (A Corplaw Commentary)

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26 US PRESIDENTS TRAINED IN THE LAW! Law is an honorable profession! In what other profession, besides perhaps medicine, does its practitioners strive to resolve problems and settle strife as early as practical; instead of letting them grow and blossom into "mega-matters" that would produce immensely larger fees? What other profession devotes so much energy to pro bono matters? Yet, lawyer bashing remains the sport of the century. But let's start with a joke.......
26 US PRESIDENTS TRAINED IN THE LAW! Law is an honorable profession! In what other profession, besides perhaps medicine, does its practitioners strive to resolve problems and settle strife as early as practical; instead of letting them grow and blossom into "mega-matters" that would produce immensely larger fees? What other profession devotes so much energy to pro bono matters? Yet, lawyer bashing remains the sport of the century. But let's start with a joke.......

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THOSE DREADED LAWYER JOKES& WHAT WE TELL THE CHILDREN
(A Corplaw® Commentary)by Barry J. Lipson, Esq.
Law is an honorable profession!In what other profession, besides perhaps medicine, does its practitioners strive to resolve problemsand settle strife as early aspractical;instead of letting them grow and blossom into "mega-matters" thatwould produce immensely larger fees? What other profession devotes so much energy to pro bonomatters?Yet, lawyer bashing remains the sport of the century, and lawyer jokes have replaced ethnic jokes(which is probably, on balance, socially to the good). "Why," the newly deceased Pope asked St. Peter,"did you treat that lawyer so royally, while you made me wait for days and then lodged me in a hovel?"To this St. Peter promptly replied, "Well, yousee we've seen Popes up here before . . . . ."Even Jon Leibowitz, Esq., Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, on June 14, 2010, told alawyer joke to the prestigious American Medical Association House of Delegates. It seems "a doctor and a lawyer, driving toward each other on a remote country road, collide head on. They both get out of their cars and stand by the side of the road to wait for the police. The lawyer, seeing that the doctor isshaken up, offers him a drink out of a hip flask. The doctoraccepts and hands the flask back to thelawyer who caps it up and puts it back in his pocket. 'Aren't you going to have a drink yourself?' asks thedoctor. 'Sure,' replies the lawyer, after the police leave'."He then goes on, he says, to distance himself and his other FTC attorneys from the type of lawyer portrayed in this “dreaded lawyer joke.”Yes, doctors and lawyers have much in common, they are always "practicing" their professions (butdo either of them ever become proficient?), they both need to carry ample malpractice insurance, andthey are both plagued by freeloaders seeking free practical professional advice. Indeed, after the policeleft I tookthe doctorto my local bar (alcoholic not legal) where my friend the bartender, after Iintroduced him asapracticingphysician, asked him what to do abouttheshooting pain in his neck from being rear-ender in a different accident that morning. The doctor answered, but as we were leavingthe bar heasked me why my friend didn't also ask me about the legal aspects of his whiplash? "He knowsit's my practice to always bill when I give professional advice." The doctor said "great practice," andsent the bartender a bill. The next day the doctor received my bill for threetimes the amount of his [Just practicing kidding!].But enough humor, this subject is muchtooserious. Moreover, it can not be simply ignored or dismissed on the basis of a pet theory of mine that society really has a love/hate relationship with thelegal profession. That is, the average member of our society actually admires and respects lawyers,which engenders jealousy and then hate, which, of course, in turn, culminates in those
dread lawyer  jokes.
To bring once again to the forefront a recognition of the ethics of the legal profession, and thenecessary and beneficial roles played by attorneys in our society, we must start with the children,
 
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teaching them about what lawyers do, how they do it, how to become one, and the ethical nature of the practice of law.Over the past years, I have been asked to explain the job of the attorney to elementary, middle andhigh school students. To help our youth better understand the true nature and role of the legal profession, I developed the original version of the following presentation,borrowing freely from "Tipsto Prospective Law Students," by James I. Smith, III, former Executive Director of the AlleghenyCounty Bar Association. This presentation is, of course, to be tailored for the age group involved. Youwill also note that certain concepts are intentionally left vague so as to inspire questioning. This then iswhat
"we tell the children:"
WHAT WE TELL THE CHILDRENI bet many of you think that most lawyers are either criminal defense counsel, like Perry Mason; or D.A.'s or prosecuting attorneys, bringing criminals to justice. These are both most important jobs aseveryone accused of committing a crime is entitled to have an attorney to vigorously defend him or her;and "We, the People" are entitled to have legal counsel to endeavor to convince the jury (or sometimesthe judge) that there is at least a 90% probability that the accused committed the crime he or she ischarged with committing. But only a small part of the jobs that lawyers perform for society involve the practice of criminal law.Being admitted to the legal profession is a privilege and not a right. The Lawyer, also known in theUnited States as an Attorney or Counselor at Law, in England as a Barrister or Solicitor, and in Spanishspeaking areas as an Abragado, isan Officer of the Court, and as such, he or she owes the highest dutyto the Courts, the public and the legal profession. To be admitted to the practice of law, a candidatemust have the necessary education, pass the state bar examination, and be of good character. Nearly every lawyer will, at one time or another, be called upon to perform public service on a part-timeor full-time basis. He or she may be appointed or elected to serve on the bench as a judge or tohold public office; may be appointed to represent indigent defendants; may be enlisted to participate incommunity affairs; or may be asked to assist the lowincome or disadvantaged with necessary free legalcounsel. Periodically, Allegheny County lawyers are called upon to respond to legal questions over thetelephone as a public service in a program called "KD, You and the Law." Anyone who desires to enter the legalprofessionshould be willing and prepared to accept their share of these pro bonoresponsibilities.In the executive branch of government, legal training is of great value for all kinds of policy-makingand administrative agency positions. Lawyers also have always been in demand as legislators andelected officials. Thirty out of fifty-six delegates to the Constitutional Convention in 1787 werelawyers. In recent times, nearly half of the members of Congress have been lawyers. The percentageof lawyers in state legislatures has remained at a fairly constant 25% since 1900.Did you know thatat least26Presidents of the United States were trained in the law, and that thegreat majority of the Governors of our 50 states have been lawyers?

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