TODAY IS LOVE LITIGATING LAWYERS DAY – SERIOUSLY

August 31st is Love Litigating Lawyers Day.  In America it has been celebrated widely (well there was a lot of comment on Twitter).  Clearly this is clearly something that every sensible reader of this blog wants to encourage.

 

THE CHECKERNEWS EXPLAINS THE SITUATION

The Checkernews.com  has a whole series of funny quotes. It also explains the importance of the day.

“The main slogans of the special day, Love Litigating Lawyers Day are to; “Love Your Lawyer Day” and the Love Litigating Lawyers Day is also celebrated on the first Friday in November whereas “Love Litigating Lawyers Day” globally rejoice, observe and celebrate on August 31st.”

AN HISTORICAL EVENT SINCE… 2015

In 2015 the American Bar Association passed a motion for “Love Your Lawyer Day”.  It  celebrated on the first Friday in November. Love your Litigating Lawyer day is today.

THE MOTION

The ABA for Love your Lawyers Day.

WHEREAS, The portrayal of lawyers in American popular culture, including on television and cinema, is largely negative, which promotes a negative stereotype of lawyers in society…

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ENACTED by the American Bar Association Law Practice Division Council:

SECTION 1. The first Friday of November be recognized and celebrated as “Love Your Lawyer Day”, a day for the public to celebrate lawyers and express their gratitude to them for their affirmative contributions to the public good and the administration of justice.

SECTION 2. Lawyers throughout the nation are urged to celebrate “Love Your Lawyer Day” to help promote a positive and more respected image of lawyers and their contributions to society and that they do so by providing pro bono legal services to their communities and supporting charitable causes that promote the administration of justice.

THE HISTORY

The history is explained in this post from Steve Lee & Associates. The aim is to to combat negativity towards litigators.

SOME SELECTED QUOTES

Of course no piece about litigating lawyurs can take place without a few choice quotes

Gore Vidal

“Litigation takes the place of sex at middle age.”

Henry Miller

“The legal system is often a mystery, and we, its priests, preside over rituals baffling to everyday citizens.”

WELL, WE ALL NEED TO BE LOVED…

On a serious note it could be possible for (very) diffuse community of litigators in the UK to take some steps to explain litigation, explain what they do. We could counter the “negative stereotype of lawyers” here. Ideas on a postcard.,,