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Lawyer Jokes -- And What They Tell Us About the State of the Profession

Laughing LawyerCame across a thoughtful article by Marc Galanter appearing on in December 2005 concerning lawyer jokes. Author of a new book called Lowering the Bar: Lawyer Jokes and Legal Culture, Galanter observes that the preeminent subject of jokes set in large law firms is the tension between older partners and younger associates - symptomatic, Galanter asserts, of the growing issue of associate retention. He offers the following as an example:

A young associate was invited to a party at the home of an august senior partner at his firm. The associate wandered awestruck through the house, especially amazed at the original artworks by Picasso, Matisse, and others adorning the walls. As the associate stood gazing at one Picasso, the senior partner approached and put his arm around the associate's shoulder. "Yes," he said, "if you work long and hard, day in and day out, six, seven days a week, 10, 12 hours a day, I could buy another one!"

There are some other good ones. See the full article here.

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