Love Your Lawyer Day 2022: History, Significance and Activities

It is often seen that mostly lawyers get a bad reputation all over the world especially in the United States for being shrewd and liars but people needs to understand that lawyers plays a very important role in functioning of our society. 

If we see on a larger scale than lawyers have done much more good to our society and many of the great leaders of our world also have been lawyers. But despite all of their contribution to society it is often seen that they are very much less appreciated than other profession so they definitely deserves a day of appreciation. 

And that same day of appreciation is celebrated as Love Your Lawyer Day in the United States which falls on annually on every first Friday of November, which means this year it falls on 4th November. 

Event Love Your Lawyer Day
Date November 4, 2022
Day Friday
Significance The day highlight the important role of the lawyers
Observed by United States

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Love Your Lawyer Day History: 

The earliest people who could be described as “lawyers” were probably the orators of ancientcity of Athens in Ancient Greece. However, Athenian orators faced serious structural obstacles. First, there was a rule that individuals were supposed to plead their own cases, which was soon bypassed by the increasing tendency of individuals to ask a “friend” for assistance. However, around the middle of the fourth century, the Athenians disposed of the perfunctory request for a friend. Second, a more serious obstacle, which the Athenian orators never completely overcame, was the rule that no one could take a fee to plead the cause of another. 

A law enacted in 204 BC barred Roman advocates from taking fees, but the law was widely ignored. The ban on fees was abolished by Emperor Claudius, who legalized advocacy as a profession and allowed the Roman advocates to become the first lawyers who could practice openly but he also imposed a fee ceiling of 10,000 sesterces. Like their Greek contemporaries, early Roman advocates were trained in rhetoric, not law, and the judges before whom they argued were also not law-trained. During the Roman Republic and the early Roman Empire, jurisconsults and advocates were unregulated, since the former were amateurs and the latter were technically illegal. 

The French medieval oaths were widely influential and of enduring importance; for example, they directly influenced the structure of the advocates’ oath adopted by the Canton of Geneva in 1816. In turn, the 1816 Geneva oath served as the inspiration for the attorney’s oath drafted by David Dudley Field as Section 511 of the proposed New York Code of Civil Procedure of 1848, which was the first attempt in the United States at a comprehensive statement of a lawyer’s professional duties. 

In 2001, the national director of the American Lawyers Public Image Association(ALPIA), Nader Anise, a legal marketer, established Love Your Lawyer Day to appreciate lawyers and all they do. The day aims to promote public support for lawyers and judges by presenting them in a more positive light. Nader Anise had also started a campaign of “No Lawyer Bashing or Jokes for a Day.” This is why ALPIA put together this day: to show love and appreciation for these most unloved of civil servants. For just one day, they ask that you set aside the lawyer jokes, the subtle bashing around the water cooler, and remember that without these legal warriors, people would have no one to help them navigate the complex world of law! 

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Love Your Lawyer Day Significance: 

Hostility towards the legal profession is a widespread phenomenon. For example, William Shakespeare famously wrote, “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers” in Henry VI, Part 2, Act IV, Scene 2. The legal profession was abolished in Prussia in 1780 and in France in 1789, though both countries eventually realized that their judicial systems could not function efficiently without lawyers. Complaints about too many lawyers were common in both England and the United States in the 1840s. Public distrust of lawyers reached record heights in the United States after the Watergate Scandal. 

Lawyer jokes (already a perennial favorite) also soared in popularity in English-speaking North America as a result of Watergate. In 1989, American legal self-help publisher Nolo Press published a 171-page compilation of negative anecdotes about lawyers from throughout human history. However these things have also caused a negative impact on the society as because of things like this many people refrain from entering the law profession which results in lack of good lawyers or other law professionals across the country. And lawyers are very important for our society to function as without them there will be no voice of people in the rule of law. 

Along with affecting people’s interest towards the law profession, humiliating lawyers for no reason or excessively making fun or jokes on them has also greatly impacted health of people working in the law profession. As some studies have shown that suicide rates among lawyers may be as much as six times higher than the average population, and commentators suggest that the low opinion the public has of lawyers, combined with their own high ideals of justice, which in practice they may see denied, increase the depression rates of those in this profession. Additionally, lawyers are twice as likely to suffer from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. 

For a profession perceived to be filled with liars, this day helps correct the wrong assumptions about them. Many of them do a lot of good, and more people needs to realize that. Obviously there might be some people in the law profession who are extremely wicked or liar but that is true with every profession we can’t blame everyone for it in this way our world wouldn’t function at all. We need to value and appreciate lawyers for all the good work they do as well amd not just ridicule or troll them for their failures. This will furthermore encourage them to keep doing good things through their profession and making a difference in the society. 

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Love Your Lawyer Day Activities: 

For those who are lawyers, attorneys, or other legal professionals, this is a great opportunity to overcome those negative ideas with some positive public action. Get involved with the community, donate some time to those in need, or stay connected by sponsoring a local youth event, sports event or something like that. Try to wash away the negative things attached with the law profession and also make people aware about this day. 

Now, for those who are not lawyers! You see lawyers generally have very stressful jobs and deal with strife all day. So it is time for you to oet them feel relaxed and chilled for a day and you can do it by organizing any event like sports, music, etc. or you can also organize a lunch like with barbecue and in any of the local law form and invite those law professionals to have a party with you! 

In order to build up the reputation of lawyers, we need to stop being negative about them. This could start with leaving off the lawyer jokes and treating any lawyer friends with respect. It will definitely be appreciated. Also don’t forget to spread this message to more and more people so that people also leave their negative ideas about the law profession. You can also use this opportunity to learn more about the law profession so that you will be able to understand it even more better. 

Most Searched FAQs on Love Your Lawyer Day: 

1. When is Love Your Lawyer Day observed? 

Love Your Lawyer Day is annually observed on every first Friday of November in US. 

2. Who founded Love Your Lawyer Day? 

Nader Anise, Executive Director of the ALPIA founded Love Your Lawyer Day in 2001. 

3. Why is it called “Love Your Lawyer Day”? 

The aim of this day is to be nice to those in the legal profession and try not to make any lawyer jokes about them.

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