Bedside Manner For Lawyers
October 2003

Whenever anyone asks me, “have you heard the one about the lawyer who…?,” I know that a tiresome joke is coming and it will probably involve sharks, leeches or the blistering fires of hell. However, because these jokes are based on stereotypes that come from bad lawyers I can’t do anything about, I tolerate the dig, wrench a smile and force a chuckle.

Whenever I come across an opinion poll that ranks professions by their public esteem, I know that lawyers will be down near the bottom, along with car salesmen and undertakers. However, because lawyers inhabit a justice system that invariably generates losers and frequently produces winners who are losers too, I shrug off our unpopularity as just something else I can’t do anything about.

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