Monday, April 10 — When people need help — ranging from dealing with a traffic offense, writing a will, setting up a business, or facing serious criminal charges — they turn to an attorney. Yet this ancient profession is the frequent target of ridicule and disdain. Lawyers rank just ahead of advertisers and car salespersons in esteem, and there are numerous websites devoted to lawyer jokes. That’s why tomorrow is International Be Kind to Lawyers Day. Suggestions for observing the day range from giving the jokes a rest, to phoning your attorney to express appreciation.
Across the U.S., there are about 1 million lawyers and judicial law clerks, over one-third of them women. They are aided by some 570,000 legal support workers.
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