This is not a book of lawyer jokes.
Looking for the punchline to, “What’s the difference between a lawyer and a catfish?” You won’t find it here. What you will find are more than 70 vignettes from life in the practice of law, rendered as wryly humorous poems. Each one stands alone as the sort of snapshot one lawyer might forward along to another for a laugh or a knowing nod. Together, they comprise a collection to be treasured by anyone who has lived through law school, first jobs, thrilling victories, eye-opening disappointments, and the lifestyle particular to this career choice.
This book is not about laughing at lawyers. It’s about laughing with them. It’s for everyone who’s in on the joke: Everyone who has witnessed the madness and met the quirky characters in this field. Everyone who, even just for a second, has wondered if they should have gone to medical school, culinary school… anything other than law school. Everyone who has ever sat down at the end of an evening and thought, “No one would even believe me if I told them about my day.”
We believe you.
From the chapter: Brand New Attorney
Sit down, young one, let me tell you the facts
‘Bout the creature believed to be real
By law students, undergrads, TV fans:
The Happy Lawyer – that mythic ideal.
We’ve all been maintaining the illusion,
So your faith would propel your pursuit
Of this work, but it’s all a delusion,
A fairy tale; now it’s time for the truth.
Are those tears…? Are you…? Oh my God… crying?
Oh, how awkward, I didn’t expect this.
No, of course, I was kidding – just lying,
Happy Lawyers… sure … they exist!
In fact, yes, I think I heard recently
One defended the, um… Easter Bunny.
Yes! That’s right, she did it quite decently,
Took his case for not one cent of money.
There now, you see? Perhaps you’ve heard also
Of the time she helped out Santa Claus?
When she copyrighted, “Ho Ho Ho,”
She earned a sleigh bell for helping the cause.
Oh, and of course, there were the leprechauns.
I heard a Happy Lawyer saved their gold,
When they invested only to be conned.
(Without her, their rainbow would’ve been sold.)
So buck up! Dry your eyes! Believe what you must!
Unicorns, mermaids, all that magic stuff…
Happy Lawyers are everywhere – have trust!
You’ll be one too, if you work hard enough.