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March 23, 2005

the doogle made me do it

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 10:11 pm

Part I:  Regular readers of this weblog know just how hard I struggle to avoid taking

cheap shots at the legal profession or otherwise annoying my valued audience. 

Nonetheless, time and again, I am drawn into temptation by search engine queries

that send visitors to this weblog.  Today, alas, my curiosity got the better of me, and

one link led to another, until — well, until this post happened.


An unknown querist came to f/k/a today, after Googling national hug a lawyer day>.   hugSmallN

This site had the #14 result, due to this post, where I stated that “I was particularly

inspired to go hug a lawyer” by a lugubrious Public Relations radio spot from NYSBA,

entitled “The Rule of Law.”  The query immediately made me wonder whether there

might actually be a Hug a Lawyer Day (and, if so, just who sponsored it).


Here’s what I learned:

  • Google was not able to locate a Hug a Lawyer Day, despite

    the existence of Hug Your Cat Day.

  • However, “Hug-a-Lawyer Day” was #9 in David Letterman’s 

    Top 10 Legal Holidays in Hell(August 2, 1991).

  • Less surprising, April 12 has been designated “Vote Lawyers

    Out of Office Day” (see Important Dates to Remember)

  • Somewhat suspicious (can you say A-T-L-A) is the celebration

    on August 31st of Love Litigating Lawyers Day.  However, that

    day must be shared with a number of other celebrations, including

    National Box Car Day, Trail Mix Day, Eat Outside Day and Mutt’s Day.

We apologize, if you came here after listening to a podcast,

hoping to find out about Mug a Lawyer Day.  Please ask

your friendly podcaster to enunciate better.

devil g  Because we once wrote a post questioning the grassrootedness of a rally on

behalf of litigators in Madison County, Illionois; and because we discovered the

existence of Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day, I have scrupulously attempted to 

ascertain if there were any “Lawyer Appreciation Days” being celebrated in the

USA.  Our results:

  • Lawyer Appreciation Day was #8 on Christian & Scot’s Top Ten

    Rejected Ideas for a Holiday list.

  • Humorix predicted that — after lawyers sue to have calendar

    equality for February (30 days instead of 28) — the new Leap

    Day (Feb. 31) will be designated “Lawyer Appreciation Day.”

  • Mike Veeck (author of Fun is Good: How To Create Joy And Passion

    In Your Workplace And Career) created a Lawyer Appreciation

    Day for baseball (all attorneys pay double)

  • The law office of I. Ben Chasinbucks, of WhipCash Game fame, closes

    for National Lawyer Appreciation Day– apparently a floating holiday.

  • One site lists the following non-lawyer Appreciation Days:

    • Squirrel Appreciation Day (Jan. 21)

    • Bubble Wrap Appreciatin Day (Jan 28)

    • Armenian Appreciation Day (April 3)

    • National Hair Stylist Appreciation Day (April 30)

    • Cow Appreciation Day (July 18)

    • Elephant Appreciation Day (Sept. 20)

    • Sunday School Teacher Day (Oct. 20)

I know these findings will hurt the feelings of many of my brothers and sisters at

the Bar.  But, I’m rushing to get this post up before the end of today, March 23,

because — no kidding — today is Make Your Own Holiday DaySo, go ahead,

lawyers.  Just for today, put your own interests first.  Start that parade, we’ll whip

up a crowd and be right over.  Honest.

so quickly they join
the human devils…

a long night–
the devil in my heart
torments me

blooming mountain–
come out and play
devil in me!


Part II.   Those search engines have gotten us into trouble before.  We just updated    devil g

our Inadvertent Searchee page, for the first time in 2005, and you’ll see that sickos

have landed at this website looking for Mellow Yellow, farting contests, naked

cheerleaders, Scarlet Pimpernels and more.  How are we ever going to uphold our




ain’t a devil
ain’t a saint…
just a sea slug

the day is devilishly


all haiku by ISSA 

(translated by David G. Lanoue):

flying solo

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 1:34 pm



a field of wildflowers

I recall the courtship

not the marriage






their gravestones

hers newer and taller

than his









treeless downtown street

two spring robins

on a window box


George Swede from Almost Unseen (Brooks Books, 2000) 



by dagosan 


the duckling

skirts the ice floe —

our river rendezvous



mom’s voice long distance:         phone old


[March 23, 2005]




Ben Cowgill at Legal Ethics Blog and Carolyn Elefant at MyShingle have

started a lengthy correspondence about legal ethics weblogs, pedagogy,

and enforcement, with a focus on solo practitioners.   I think you’ll get the

gist of the issues from my quick comments here:

Legal ethics is definitely important enough to deserve its own weblogs

and it should be a part of virtually every law school course and every

practice-oriented weblog.


Legal ethics is about far more than micro-rules.  As Prof. Schiltz says:

First, a lawyer has to comply with the formal disciplinary rules

. .  . . . But you should also understand that the formal rules

represent nothing more than ‘the lowest common denominator

of conduct that a highly self-interested group will tolerate.’ . . .  

But complying with the formal rules will not make you an ethical

lawyer, any more than complying with the criminal law will make

you an ethical person.  


Second, a lawyer must act ethically in his work, even when he

isn’t required to do so by any rule.   . . .  For the most part,

this is not complicated. Treat others as you wish to be treated.

Be honest and fair. Show respect and compassion. Keep promises.  . . .


Third, a lawyer must live an ethical life outside of work. . . . But

being admitted to the bar does not absolve a lawyer of his

responsibilities outside of work — to his family, friends, community

and, if he is a person of faith, to his god. To practice law ethically,

he must meet those responsibilities, which means he must live a

balanced life.

I do not believe that Bar Council are out to get solo and small-firm practitioners.

There are plenty of non-conspiratorial reasons why so many disciplinary actions

involve solos.  See, e.g., here and there.

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