Love Your Lawyer Day is celebrated every year on the first Friday of November, in 2022 this day falls on November 4th. The mission of the holiday is to express respect and gratitude to lawyers, to motivate them to work further. Despite the negative reputation that often comes with the legal profession, lawyers play a very important role in society: they stand guard over the law, protect the rights and freedoms of people, and help achieve justice.
The first lawyers appeared in Ancient Athens. They were called orators. The first text of the law was written in the 18th century BC by Hammurabi – the ruler of Mesopotamia. This document is known as the Code of Hammurabi and consisted of 282 laws devoted to various everyday situations, punishments for various crimes, payment of wages, and the provision of various services. In the Roman Empire, lawyers were allowed to charge for their services and the modern legal system has since become much more complex, covering all aspects of human life.
- The main task of a lawyer is to explain the norms of the law and how it affects life, public and private organizations.
- Lawyers are often unfairly seen as dishonest, cunning and deceitful, but there are many responsible, decent, and honest professionals in the profession. This negative reputation is often due to lawyers being at the epicenter of conflicts and disputes.
- The holiday was established in 2001 by the head of the American Bar Association, Nader Anis. The mission of the holiday is to thank the representatives of this profession for their noble work.
How to take part
To participate in Love Your Lawyer Day, first and foremost be kind and attentive to lawyers. If you know any lawyers, express your gratitude to them. If you don’t know any lawyers personally, post a thank you message on social media as there are almost 1.5 million lawyers in the US. If you work in a law firm, organize a holiday celebration for your colleagues. Watch a movie or read a book about lawyers, and avoid jokes about them, as it can contribute to a negative reputation.
When is Love Your Lawyer Day celebrated in 2023?
Love Your Lawyer Day is observed on the first Friday of November each year.