Warning: do not read to any lawyer with heart or bladder weakness
Hopefully you're not expecting to find
jokes that demean lawyers here.
Oh, lighten up! Okay, after you read
this, if you think that we're off base, e-mail your comments and analysis
along with a joke. We'll pass it on to the light hearted and not-so-serious
in our assembly. If they agree, we'll put the joke on this page.
What's brown and black and looks good on a lawyer?
A Doberman Pincher.
It's not that these jokes aren't funny.
It's that they position the profession in a place where it shouldn't be.
Take the funniest lawyer joke you know
and write it down.
Then make a second copy, replacing the
lawyer with a handicapped person.
Next time you have a split experimental
sample, (seminars or whenever
a demographically similar group is presented
in two groups) read one to
one group and the other to the other.
Note the different responses.
What, Doberman Pinchers all over a
quadriplegic isn't funny?
If the theory that smiling at lawyer
jokes identifies us as a 'good ol' boys' who can take a joke and thus strengthens
the bond between the tellers of the jokes and lawyers were correct, than
the third Monday in January would be know as African American Joke Day.
Why, when a lawyer falls overboard, do the sharks leave him alone?
The great damage from lawyer jokes
is not done in the mind of the public but in the hearts of lawyers themselves.
If the joke is funny for lawyers, why isn't it funny for Native Americans?
Funny, in this instance, is the juxtaposition of a prejudice and a play
on words. Without the prejudice it isn't funny.
Three lawyers were riding on a
train along with three CPAs.
Just before the conductor came to pick
up the tickets, the three
CPAs squeezed themselves into the tiny
rest room at the end of the car.
The conductor said "Tickets please" and
knocked on the rest room
door. It cracked open and a single ticket
was handed out.
The next day the three lawyers got on
the train along with
one of the CPA's. Before the conductor
came, they crammed into
the john. Then the CPA went up to the
door, knocked and said
Lawyer jokes are part of our practice
environment and market. If they reinforce a stereotype inconsistent with
your vision don't ratify the stereotype by confirming the prejudice.
Many lawyers are struggling with their
professional vision and value. Lawyer jokes are a symptom of that struggle;
both within the profession and with those we serve. Improving our position
as individual practitioners and as a profession requires both vision and
linear dedication to our mission. Taking a joke is one thing, passing on
the stereotype is another.
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