I’m sure you’ve heard the joke about the lawyer who . . . . I wonder if you know the number one answer on the Family Feud as to whom people trust least? Lawyer jokes seem to be more prevalent now than ever before. Although they are meant as humor, lawyer jokes reinforce the public's misperception that there is an underlying truthful basis for these jokes. Watergate and every "Gate" scandal since has fostered distrust of our profession.
It wasn’t always this way. In the fifties Gregory Peck, through his portrayal of Atticus Finch in “To Kill A Mockingbird”, presented the image of the American Lawyer as the noble protector of our precious civil liberties. It was the local lawyer to whom people turned in times of conflict, troubles, and crisis. The family attorney was a trusted and respected advisor to multiple generations of a family.