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First we had Father's Day and
Mother's Day. Then some bright spark
at Hallmark realised that vocational
days would shift more cards, and came
up with things like Secretary's Day,
President's Day, and so on.
In contemporary America (and, to a
lesser extent, other Western
are playing an
increasingly prominent role. If
something bad happens to you, you can
sue someone for damages, even if
common sense would say it's your
fault. With software and business
model patents being what they are,
selling software or launching a
business without engaging a patent
attorney is like stepping into a
minefield blindfolded (only if you
actually stepped into a minefield
blindfolded and lost a leg or two,
you could probably sue the
manufacturer of the blindfold, but I
digress). Even in popular culture,
lawyers are stars; witness the
success of John Grisham. Lawyers are
involved in increasingly many
transactions, and are an increasingly
important part of everyday life.
Hence the proposal for Lawyer's Day.
A day when you can buy cards to give
to your lawyer (or the various
lawyers you retain) to express your
appreciation for their vital service.
The cards would be sentimental and
unironic, in a wholesome, almost
Norman Rockwell sort of way, to give
an insanely litigious system an air
of homely, old-fashioned goodness, as
natural and good as motherhood and
girl scout cookies. The legal
industry would get an image boost,
and greeting card companies would
clean up massively.
The cards could provide a way to make this more popular. [Aristotle, Mar 29 2001, last modified Oct 04 2004]
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||Be a bit more generic and call it "Scapegoat Day."
||(The decision to sue despite common sense is not made by the lawyer, but by the client, and relies on the similar lack of common sense in juries.)