Sunday, December 20, 2015


‘Tis the season to be jolly. ‘Tis the season to recite lawyer jokes. Lawyer jokes are ubiquitous right now. Picked up the state bar news, found an article on lawyer jokes. Received an email addressed to evidence teachers, and it contained humorous videos. Seems we bump into lawyer jokes everywhere this holiday season.
Because you might enjoy them, I’m passing some of them along with places you can find them – they might make suitable gifts.
First, there is the perfect stocking stuffer for a lawyer who dislikes lawyer jokes, and it is a new book entitled Comebacks for Lawyer Jokes: The Restatement ofRetorts, by Malcolm Kushner, Museum of Press (2015) – only $9.95 with Amazon Prime. This will arm your lawyer friend for those lawyer jokes that inevitably get told at cocktail parties. This book provides retorts to insert before the punch line at the end of the lawyer joke. Examples:
“Why are lawyers so good at racquetball?”
            Before they say: “Because they stoop so low.”
            You say: “They know their way around a court.”

            “What’s the difference between a lawyer and a skunk?”
            Before they say: “Nobody wants to his a skunk.”
            You say: “With a lawyer, nothing is ever black and white.”

            Second, in the December 2015 NWLawyer bar magazine for the state of Washington, John Gayton’s article entitled “A Priest, an Engineer and a Lawyer Walk into a Bar. . .:Lawyers, Humor and a Few Good Jokes, unashamedly offers lawyer jokes and some online videos. For example, watch:

by David Kazzie which has had 1,780,226 hits - some folks find the dark humor funny.

Third, a law professor, who teaches evidence passed along Jimmy Kimmel’s “Lie Witness News” clips. While they don’t make fun of lawyers, they are lawyer humor. Only a law professor would see their value as lead-in videos for teaching Evidence Rule 611 and discussing witness suggestibility. Here are some of the professor’s favorites:

“Presidents'Day Edition”

            Heard or seen anything amusing this holiday season?

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