All Rise – August 31st is Love Litigating Lawyers Day

Let’s clear up the confusion. “Love Litigating Lawyers Day” is not the same as “Love Your Lawyer Day”.

lovelawyersFor one thing, they are celebrated in different months; “Love Your Lawyer Day” takes place on the first Friday in November whereas “Love Litigating Lawyers Day” is to be celebrated on August 31st.

And they have different objectives.

In late October 2015, the American Bar Association Law Practice Council passed a resolution recognizing the first Friday in November as a day “for the public to celebrate lawyers and express their gratitude to them for their affirmative contributions to the public good and the administration of justice.”

From that resolution.

WHEREAS, Lawyers have consistently been the target of verbal bashing, derogatory portrayals and literature is rife with lawyer bashing dated back hundreds of years; and

WHEREAS, A 2013 Pew Research Center survey found lawyers last among ten professional categories for “contributions to society”;

WHEREAS, According to a 2014 Gallup survey, the public perception of lawyers on honesty and ethics is an unsatisfactory 21%; and…

WHEREAS, The portrayal of lawyers in American popular culture, including on television and cinema, is largely negative, which promotes a negative stereotype of lawyers in society…

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ENACTED by the American Bar Association Law Practice Division Council:

SECTION 1. The first Friday of November be recognized and celebrated as “Love Your Lawyer Day”, a day for the public to celebrate lawyers and express their gratitude to them for their affirmative contributions to the public good and the administration of justice.

SECTION 2. Lawyers throughout the nation are urged to celebrate “Love Your Lawyer Day” to help promote a positive and more respected image of lawyers and their contributions to society and that they do so by providing pro bono legal services to their communities and supporting charitable causes that promote the administration of justice.

lovelawyersBut this is August and so our lawyer love goes out to litigators. Litigation law refers to those rules and practices involved in resolving disputes in the court system. The term is often associated with tort cases, but litigation can come about in all kinds of cases, from contested divorces to eviction proceedings. A litigating attorney is one who sees a lawsuit through the court process.

The lawyer’s prayer: God grant that disputes may arise that I may live.

— Spanish proverb

To combat negativity toward litigators, Thomas and Ruth Roy of Wellcat Holidays created “Love Litigating Lawyers Day”. From their website, “Lawyer jokes abound, but wh'Better to have litigated and lost, than never to have litigated at all...'en push comes to shove, these are the folks who can end up saving the day.”

The husband and wife duo also created and copyrighted 79 other special days to “bring a few chuckles and a bit of mirth to your workplace or your next gathering”. You may have seen Wellcat’s creations in USA Today, The Los Angeles Times and on Chase’s Calendar of Events.

For those who still can’t or won’t join us on the lawyer love bandwagon, August 31st is also –

  • National Matchmaker Day
  • National Trail Mix Day
  • National Diatomaceous Earth Day

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