National Be Kind To Lawyers Day Is Tuesday, April 8th

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Americans like to give lawyers a lot of grief. At the same time we recognize that lawyers play an essential role in our society. Now their is a vehicle for people to show their support of lawyers of all stripes by celebrating National Be Kind To Lawyers Day on Tuesday, April 8th.

Lawyers are perhaps the most reviled and ridiculed profession in America today, and yet people flock to them the moment they need help writing a will or avoiding jail time. So now the time has come to honor these much maligned members of the bar with a special day all to their own.

Tuesday, April 8th is the first-ever National Be Kind To Lawyers Day (http://www.bekindtolawyers.com) and is designed to give an ounce or two of respect to the men and women who daily tip the scales of justice. "In most surveys lawyers rank as the least respected profession and that includes celebrity paparazzi and used car salesmen," says National Be Kind To Lawyers Day creator Steve Hughes.

Even though a degree of animosity continues to plague attorneys, they are making some progress. Just a few centuries ago they were required to wear powdered wigs and today many of them drive BMWs and never have to pay traffic tickets. Hughes says, "The ironic thing about National Be Kind To Lawyers Day is that originally we wanted it to last an entire week, but we couldn't get it past legal. So we settled for a day."

The early April date was selected because it is ideally situated between April Fool's Day and Tax Day April 15th. "The best part of National Be Kind To Lawyers Day is that people can participate as much or as little as they choose. Here are some simple ways to show your support," says Hughes.

  •     Take your favorite lawyer out to lunch (but make sure you're "not on the clock").
  •     Abstain from telling lawyer jokes for 24 hours.
  •     If you can't abstain, take the funniest lawyer joke you know and replace it with your own profession.
  •     Watch a classic legal drama like "The Verdict" or "To Kill A Mockingbird" and pretend you're delivering the powerful closing argument.
  •     Switch your ring tone to the "dah-dah" sound from NBC's "Law & Order."
  •     Show your respect for the law and drive the actual speed limit. (Be sure to allow extra time to get to work.)

Be Kind to Lawyers Day is also set aside to showcase the many famous people who attended law school (even partially) but who are known for something other than the law. The list includes legendary football coach Vince Lombardi, The Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek, novelist Henry James, St. Louis Cardinals Manager Tony La Russa, author John Graham and a host of US Presidents from Abraham Lincoln to Bill Clinton.

Hughes adds, "In a world that celebrates National Bubble Wrap Day and National Mule Day, I thought there's got to be room for lawyers. Besides have you ever tried to go to court with a mule and some bubble wrap?"

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