Many bar associations and law schools followed.
There is, of course, a fury of Tweets and Facebook postings on the subject, some of them pretty interesting.
Here they are.
This one comes from the NYS Assistant Attorney General Andrew Ayers, by the way.
By the way, I am not the only one who is questioning "the wisdom", as the Wall Street Journal politically-correctly put it, of this "plaintive plea" to "love me and my profession".
The whole idea of the #LoveYourLawyerDay was spawned by the American Bar Association, through this so-called document.
- not to investigate whether the perception is right, but
- paint a big pink heart upon the legal profession and tell everybody to just love those rascals for one day.
Moreover, I remember how my contracts law professor (a very good CONTRACTS law professor) was mentioning casually in a lecture that he was doing pro bono work in a criminal case.
I wanted to kill him.
Criminal procedure in New York, as in every state, is something you cannot casually walk in, do it and walk away.
In fact, a person who has no legal training, but is dedicated to this particular issue and reads on this particular issue, can provide a good representation, but I doubted that the busy contracts law professor was interested in criminal law to the degree of providing true expert representation in a criminal case.
People need in court not just a warm body with a license. They know somebody who knows what is going on and whom they can trust not to sell them out, and, unfortunately, pro bono people usually do not go to trial, are there to get a limited number of hours under their belt and report it, and thus, often a person is better of on his or her own or represented by a knowledgeable neighbor who he can trust and who cares, rather than by such "pro bono" lawyers.
It is the same as celebrating the plumbers' profession for doing charitable things in your community.
Now, plumbers is a profession as good as any, and plumbers can engage in charitable work as well as anybody else, yet, plumbers are not trying to promote their profession by a #LoveYourPlumberDay asking the public to celebrate charitable contributions of plumbers to society, because - guess what - it is business advertising.
As well as the #LoveYourLawyerDay.
It is a business advertising.
Of a sinking business overall.
Of a business that hurts the economy, prevents people from obtaining true remedies for real injuries, and advances corruption of public officials.
Regulation of the legal profession by a branch of the government whose misconduct the legal profession must bring up in defense of their clients prevents proper discharge of duties by the legal profession and makes "promoting the administration of justice" impossible.
And - remember - regulation was done in the first place (allegedly) for the benefit of the public, for the benefit of consumers.
Of course, an offer of help to consumers should not come with strings attached, prohibiting at the same time free choice of service providers - which happened in the market of legal services.
And, the regulation is done actually by supermajorities of attorneys, and legal consumers are not allowed near that regulation, so the regulation is actually all a sham and federal antitrust criminal activity to quash competition and hurt consumers.
The quashing of competition is against small lower-cost service providers who actually cater for poorer people and more vulnerable populations, and attorneys for the rich and for large business habitually escape discipline through their political connections.
The best solution for the justice gap, to vastly expand the market of legal services, will be deregulation.
And the only cost of such deregulation will be a cost to attorneys who went to expensive law schools and want a quick return on their investment expensive tuition.
Which is not a good reason for the consumers not to push for deregulation - because the regulation was meant to protect them, the consumers, not the lawyers' markets and high prices.
So, love your lawyer, if you want. Today, or every day of the year.
But, let's still deregulate the legal profession.