So this guy is up delivering a speech to a large group of people. He begins to rant “All lawyers are jerks!” [Or you may select your own epithet]
From the back of the room a guy raises his hand and yells “I really take offense at your words.”
The guy giving the speech asks “are you a lawyer?”
“Absolutely not,” the guy says defensively. “I’m a jerk!”
Lawyers do get a bad rap from the public. In a 2013 Pew research poll, lawyers ranked at the bottom of ten professions. Only 18% of responders felt that lawyers contributed “a lot” to society’s well being. And that’s down from 23% in 2009. In a December 2013 Gallup poll on “Honesty/Ethics in Professions,” lawyers were at the bottom of the list — just above members of Congress, lobbyists and car salesmen. While there are a lot of good lawyers, I tend to think that much of the criticism of lawyers is deserved. We don’t police the profession as we might and. . . . wait . . . shhhh. . . .sorry – gotta run! I hear a siren. . . . .