Saturday, December 03, 2005

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.

22 Comments:

Blogger Steven Wales said...

P.S. Traveling the Lone Star State, I often pass billboards showing a barking doberman, slobber slinging from his huge teeth. The Spanish caption is an ad for a law firm. What is it with the dogs of war? Lawyers can call themselves pit bulls or dobermans, but can you imagine the following: "Call our firm, 1-800-444-JAWS"? Or, instead of "Call me, the Texas Hammer, at...," Jim Adler could try, "Call me, the Great White, at...."

What other profession would happily compare itself to ravenous, blood-thirsty beasts?

3:57 PM  
Blogger e said...

hairdressers...

11:05 AM  
Blogger Steven Wales said...

I....don't .... get .... it.....

11:33 PM  
Blogger e said...

"what other profession would happily compare itself to ravenous, blood-thirsty beasts?" ...hairdressers...just answering the question...

by the way...why are you suddenly making fun of my punctuation...

11:06 AM  
Blogger Steven Wales said...

Think of it not as making fun, but as JOINING in the fun, the fun and happy world of ellipses. But I will forthwith restrain myself.

12:21 PM  
Blogger Steven Wales said...

But I still don't get it about hairdressers. I knew the question, but don't follow the answer. To what do hairdressers compare themselves? Or am I overanalyzing the whole thing?

12:23 PM  
Blogger dennis said...

you obviously still go to a barber...

12:37 PM  
Blogger Steven Wales said...

It's Supercuts, faithfully, since we went there as kids (teens).

12:51 PM  
Blogger e said...

if that is a recent picture of him on your blog dennis...then yes...he still goes to a barber...and your hair has soooo much potential steven...so much...and it's cool if you want to join in the fun of ellipses...but you should use the correctly...

1:51 PM  
Blogger e said...

oh...and you're totally overanalyzing...but i expect that...but that's not bad...i overanalyze everything... everything...

i'm ridiculously overanalytical.

1:54 PM  
Blogger Steven Wales said...

Did Robb use the phrase "Lord and Master" when my name came up? Let's just say, I'm lucky to have plenty of hair: thriving, wild, thick hair. But the potential is only now being realized--by my daughter. She puts it to good use. Men just don't have the options....

11:34 PM  
Blogger e said...

oh my word...he did use that phrase...and i cracked up and said that i would blog about it...and he didn't want me to...not sure why...i thought it was hilarious... and i think i'll chang you from being linked as smarty pants to our lord and master

9:38 AM  
Blogger Steven Wales said...

You linked me?? I never even realized that....smarty pants indeed.

Perhaps you should link me as immoral, corrupt, heinous criminal and dangerous influence on the youth of America. I'll explain why in a future blog.

Oh--and no one will really get it about Lord and M....

4:54 PM  
Blogger Steven Wales said...

By the way, I still haven't figured out how to link worthy folks like yourself. Of course, I figured out enough to now have three titles for every post.....whoops.

4:55 PM  
Anonymous Mama said...

Steven does have nice hair, e, (he gets it from me, of course) but I like it a little longer and with less mousse.
And he is overanalyzing. I got the hairdresser comment immediately. I'm swift, you see, and so hip and all that.
(Not really. But I do all I can to embarrass my kids.)
Mama

5:01 PM  
Blogger e said...

steven...i don't care if anybody gets it...i'm not sure i get it...but it is funny...and sometimes funnier when you don't know...and i can't link you as immoral, corrupt, henious criminal and dangerous influence on the youth of America...because it's too long...

mama...too short and too much mousse can definitely ruin a haircut...women should never listen to their fathers about hair...but men should ALWAYS...ALWAYS...ALWAYS...listen to their mothers...thanks for being so swift (about the hairdresser thing) it isn't funny when you have to diagram it...and i can't imagine you embarrassing... personally...i think you should blog

11:45 AM  
Blogger e said...

steven...i don't care if anybody gets it...i'm not sure i get it...but it is funny...and sometimes funnier when you don't know...and i can't link you as immoral, corrupt, henious criminal and dangerous influence on the youth of America...because it's too long...

mama...too short and too much mousse can definitely ruin a haircut...women should never listen to their fathers about hair...but men should ALWAYS...ALWAYS...ALWAYS...listen to their mothers...thanks for being so swift (about the hairdresser thing) it isn't funny when you have to diagram it...and i can't imagine you embarrassing... personally...i think you should blog

11:46 AM  
Blogger Steven Wales said...

Hey, whatever. You know? Whatever. It is what it is, man. Que serah, serah. (Kay Sarah Sarah?)

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