December 8, 2006
Ethics in the YouTube Generation: Lawyer Ad Is Funny For the Right Reasons
Posted by Alan Childress
Most funny lawyer commercials are that way for the wrong reason, and fuel the kind of bashing of the legal profession we posted on regarding Miss Manners. Here is one placed on, and linked from, the Googlish YouTube site that is funny (more cute than hilarious) because it is outtakes from making an ad where it's clear that the attorney is no glib actor--his theme is hire me for my lawyering not my marketing.
One thing I always notice in these talking-head lawyer ads, though, is that the background law library books are Aspen and West casebooks. Note to the public: student casebooks serve their purposes, but comprehensive legal research is not one of them. Try to hire a lawyer whose law books are grown up. Could be worse though; the display behind the head could be all Gilbert's.
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