Darn, We Almost Missed “Be Kind to Lawyers Day”

Today is International Be Kind to Lawyers Day. If you know an attorney, it’s time to show him or her some love.

Now, don’t laugh, this isn’t a lawyer joke. As the U.S. Census Bureau points out, when people need help — ranging from dealing with a traffic offense, writing a will, setting up a business, or facing serious criminal charges — they turn to an attorney.

Yet this ancient profession is the frequent target of ridicule and disdain. Lawyers rank just ahead of advertisers and car salespersons in esteem, and there are numerous websites devoted to lawyer jokes. That’s why tomorrow is International Be Kind to Lawyers Day.

Suggestions for observing the day range from giving the jokes a rest, to phoning your attorney to express appreciation.

Across the U.S., there are about 1 million lawyers and judicial law clerks, over one-third of them women.

If one of those 1 million lawyers is standing near you today, give a hug. And please, no lawyer jokes.

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