Of Lawyer Jokes, Lawyer Ads, & Lawyers as Pit Bulls
I stumbled across an interesting story here. A Florida law firm used pit bulls in a television ad, including their phone number, 1-800-PIT BULL. What do you think, savvy advertising or the debasing of a noble profession? Both? A Florida judge ordered the firm to pull the ads. (Some of us would like to see all lawyer ads pulled.) Lawyers are encouraged to be "zealous advocates." A pit bull is certainly zealous. But with the regular reports of pit bulls mauling and killing children and old ladies, the comparison is monstrous. Give me a shark any day.
One interesting comment on Cliff's blog: "Lawyers themselves do more to shake the public's trust in lawyers than anyone else associated with the legal system." I would say only that lawyers do more than everyone else except those former lawyers now known as judges. Judges today often fail to police the docket and throw out frivolous cases that harass so many innocent parties needlessly. Today judges generally allow parties to pursue motions and causes of action that waste extraordinary amounts of time and money. And lawyers, being zealous, will always do all that they can on behalf of their clients. Many would argue that's their job, even duty. It's up to the judges to hem them in. Sure, the attorneys are responsible. But it's hard not to pursue every conceivable tactic on behalf of your client. What if the argument that is a stretch is the one that wins it? So, it's up to the judges to put boundaries around all this. To often, they fail to do so.
What about lawyer jokes? I like them as much as anyone else--maybe more so. I just don't believe they apply to me, you know? :-) But my favorite jokes are the New Yorker cartoons. If you can't see it, the caption above reads: The ones just out of law school are especially frolicsome.