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Lawyer's Day

America's next Hallmark Event
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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 societies), lawyers 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.

acb, Mar 29 2001

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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.)
bookworm, Mar 31 2001


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