Overlawyered » humor http://overlawyered.com Chronicling the high cost of our legal system Fri, 25 Apr 2014 04:15:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.1 From “Jokes and Targets” http://overlawyered.com/2014/04/lawyer-jokes-britain/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=lawyer-jokes-britain http://overlawyered.com/2014/04/lawyer-jokes-britain/#comments Tue, 01 Apr 2014 04:15:16 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=44838 A new book by British humor scholar Christie Davies (via Debra Cassens Weiss, ABA Journal) has a discussion of lawyer jokes, which, Davies says, surged in the 1980s in America in a way not seen in other countries: …American attorneys in the late Twentieth Century who felt offended by lawyer jokes were trapped, because the […]

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A new book by British humor scholar Christie Davies (via Debra Cassens Weiss, ABA Journal) has a discussion of lawyer jokes, which, Davies says, surged in the 1980s in America in a way not seen in other countries:

…American attorneys in the late Twentieth Century who felt offended by lawyer jokes were trapped, because the television writers and their bosses did not care about the possible hurt feelings of individual lawyers, who for them did not matter, and lawyers’ organizations (which did have power) were only concerned with using television to manipulate public opinion about far more important questions. The rightly saw jokes as utterly insignificant by comparison. The only exception I know happened not in contemporary America but in Britain in the late 1940s, when a senior person from the Law Society was able to persuade the BBC to stop comedians from telling jokes about solicitors (attorneys) who absconded with their clients’ money. The deal was done quietly in that sly, behind-the-scenes British way, paradoxically known as a gentleman’s agreement….

[After rejecting as unreasonable the views of a Pennsylvania lawyer who finds in some American lawyer jokes an "invitation to genocide":] Likewise, we may dismiss the thesis popular among lawyers that the jokes originated with big corporations, who had them invented to assist in their campaigns against being sued for damages…. jokes belong to the people… they cannot be created by decree, nor can they successfully be repressed…. They are not a thermostat, but they are a thermometer.

What happened in the 1980s especially that might have touched off a popular American interest in lawyer jokes? It’s a mystery! The book can be purchased here, while more about its author is here; David Conway wrote a review for Law and Liberty in 2012, as we noted. (& welcome Above the Law readers)

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P.J. O’Rourke on that viral Supreme Court brief http://overlawyered.com/2014/03/p-j-orourke-viral-supreme-court-brief/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=p-j-orourke-viral-supreme-court-brief http://overlawyered.com/2014/03/p-j-orourke-viral-supreme-court-brief/#comments Mon, 31 Mar 2014 09:50:40 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=44890 The humorist speaks out on the now-famous amicus filing: “Cato did not ask me to write their brief for the same reason that you do not ask me to perform your appendectomy. … I was asked to read it and give it my endorsement because I am an expert on being run out of Ohio. […]

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The humorist speaks out on the now-famous amicus filing: “Cato did not ask me to write their brief for the same reason that you do not ask me to perform your appendectomy. … I was asked to read it and give it my endorsement because I am an expert on being run out of Ohio. Ask my mother.” He goes on to give Ilya Shapiro and Trevor Burrus kinder treatment than he does President William Howard Taft. [Daily Beast, earlier, the brief in Susan B. Anthony List v. Steven Driehaus, more on case from SCOTUSBlog]

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Most outrageous video lawyer ad ever? http://overlawyered.com/2014/03/outrageous-video-lawyer-ad-ever/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=outrageous-video-lawyer-ad-ever http://overlawyered.com/2014/03/outrageous-video-lawyer-ad-ever/#comments Sun, 09 Mar 2014 04:28:31 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=44431 Pittsburgh criminal defense lawyer Daniel Muessig has set the bar high [Deadspin] More: Scott Greenfield, and yet more about whether criminal defense lawyers really do those things. Tweet Tags: chasing clients, defense lawyers, humor, Pittsburgh

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Pittsburgh criminal defense lawyer Daniel Muessig has set the bar high [Deadspin] More: Scott Greenfield, and yet more about whether criminal defense lawyers really do those things.

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Funniest amicus brief ever http://overlawyered.com/2014/03/funniest-amicus-brief-ever/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=funniest-amicus-brief-ever http://overlawyered.com/2014/03/funniest-amicus-brief-ever/#comments Mon, 03 Mar 2014 21:06:31 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=44320 It’s actually on a serious subject: can a state (Ohio) purport to ban false, exaggerated or “truthy” speech about candidates, or does that impermissibly chill speech protected by the Constitution’s First Amendment? My colleagues Ilya Shapiro, Trevor Burrus and Gabriel Latner co-authored it on behalf of political humorist/Cato fellow P.J. O’Rourke in the pending SCOTUS […]

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It’s actually on a serious subject: can a state (Ohio) purport to ban false, exaggerated or “truthy” speech about candidates, or does that impermissibly chill speech protected by the Constitution’s First Amendment? My colleagues Ilya Shapiro, Trevor Burrus and Gabriel Latner co-authored it on behalf of political humorist/Cato fellow P.J. O’Rourke in the pending SCOTUS case of Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus. Read it here, alongside Ilya Shapiro’s summary, and here’s David Lat of Above the Law calling it the “Best Amicus Brief Ever.

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“New Work: ‘Coyote v. Acme’” http://overlawyered.com/2014/01/new-work-coyote-v-acme/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=new-work-coyote-v-acme http://overlawyered.com/2014/01/new-work-coyote-v-acme/#comments Thu, 16 Jan 2014 13:43:53 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=43497 We’ve mentioned Ian Frazier’s classic humor piece on the product liability suit filed by the hapless Wile E. Coyote against the Acme Corporation, purveyor of perennially disappointing bombs, anvils, rocket sleds, and other contraptions. Now “Pentagram’s Daniel Weil has reimagined designs for five of these gadgets, rendered as a series of highly detailed technical diagrams.” […]

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We’ve mentioned Ian Frazier’s classic humor piece on the product liability suit filed by the hapless Wile E. Coyote against the Acme Corporation, purveyor of perennially disappointing bombs, anvils, rocket sleds, and other contraptions. Now “Pentagram’s Daniel Weil has reimagined designs for five of these gadgets, rendered as a series of highly detailed technical diagrams.” One reason the failure-to-warn element of the suit may be shaky: “The Coyote, like most males, never reads the instructions.” [Pentagram]

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Washington, D.C.’s most suitable Christmas decoration ever? http://overlawyered.com/2013/12/washington-d-c-s-suitable-christmas-decoration-ever/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=washington-d-c-s-suitable-christmas-decoration-ever http://overlawyered.com/2013/12/washington-d-c-s-suitable-christmas-decoration-ever/#comments Tue, 10 Dec 2013 16:48:05 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=42942 I have a nomination over at Cato at Liberty. Tweet Tags: Christmas and other holidays, humor

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I have a nomination over at Cato at Liberty.

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Findings: “there exists an epidemic of naughtiness among the nation’s children…” http://overlawyered.com/2013/12/findings-exists-epidemic-naughtiness-among-nations-children/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=findings-exists-epidemic-naughtiness-among-nations-children http://overlawyered.com/2013/12/findings-exists-epidemic-naughtiness-among-nations-children/#comments Sat, 07 Dec 2013 15:10:57 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=42899 Whence Congress enacted and President Obama signed the NOEL law (Naughtiness Obliteration and Elimination Law of 2012): …(1) Imposes a naughtiness “fee” of $50 upon each American child for every documented instance of their “naughtiness.” Revenues from this “fee” are to support the Federal Nice Fund (FNF), a newly created fund for public-works projects in […]

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Whence Congress enacted and President Obama signed the NOEL law (Naughtiness Obliteration and Elimination Law of 2012):

…(1) Imposes a naughtiness “fee” of $50 upon each American child for every documented instance of their “naughtiness.” Revenues from this “fee” are to support the Federal Nice Fund (FNF), a newly created fund for public-works projects in NOEL-compliant states. (NOEL, § 3(a).)…

(4) To ensure full compliance, the NOEL bars any “person, group, or agency” that receives “funding, or any benefit from the federal government” from making a “material naughtiness determination” contrary to rules promulgated by the NRB, with the consequence of such a contrary determination being withdrawal of the federal funding and/or other benefit. (Id., § 22(z)(12)(F)(vii)(¥)(‰) (LOL)(¿)(?)(D).)…

Relax. It’s not real (yet). It’s just Prof. Kyle Graham’s constitutional law exam holiday card.

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“The Emergency Sasquatch Ordinance” http://overlawyered.com/2013/12/emergency-sasquatch-ordinance/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=emergency-sasquatch-ordinance http://overlawyered.com/2013/12/emergency-sasquatch-ordinance/#comments Fri, 06 Dec 2013 12:34:18 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=42891 Kevin from Lowering the Bar has a new book out on odd laws (more on how to buy it). Tweet Tags: humor, on other blogs

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Kevin from Lowering the Bar has a new book out on odd laws (more on how to buy it).

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Clawback provision http://overlawyered.com/2013/10/clawback-provision/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=clawback-provision http://overlawyered.com/2013/10/clawback-provision/#comments Thu, 31 Oct 2013 04:05:50 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=42211 “South Dakota v. Fifteen Impounded Cats” is one of those fairly common in rem cases with an amusing caption. Would you really be surprised if the cats won? [Lowering the Bar, which has the best list I've seen of comical case names] P.S. On a more serious note, many of these cases are attempted forfeitures […]

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“South Dakota v. Fifteen Impounded Cats” is one of those fairly common in rem cases with an amusing caption. Would you really be surprised if the cats won? [Lowering the Bar, which has the best list I've seen of comical case names]

P.S. On a more serious note, many of these cases are attempted forfeitures with the associated due process problems [The Economist]

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“‘Better Call Saul’ is new ‘Breaking Bad’ spinoff” http://overlawyered.com/2013/09/better-call-saul-new-breaking-bad-spinoff/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=better-call-saul-new-breaking-bad-spinoff http://overlawyered.com/2013/09/better-call-saul-new-breaking-bad-spinoff/#comments Sat, 14 Sep 2013 12:41:47 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=41422 Shady lawyer character Saul Goodman, played by actor Bob Odenkirk, was so popular with viewers that he’s getting his own prequel [Deadline.com, Guardian, L.A. Times, BuzzFeed] AMC’s joke website is worth a click, but be warned that it auto-plays an audio (which touts, among other things, a two-for-one misdemeanor shoplifting defense). Tweet Tags: chasing clients, […]

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Shady lawyer character Saul Goodman, played by actor Bob Odenkirk, was so popular with viewers that he’s getting his own prequel [Deadline.com, Guardian, L.A. Times, BuzzFeed] AMC’s joke website is worth a click, but be warned that it auto-plays an audio (which touts, among other things, a two-for-one misdemeanor shoplifting defense).

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