Finally a lawyer who is funny outside of the courtroom.

When Marcel Strigberger tells non lawyers that he is a lawyer and a humourist, the most common response is, “That’s an oxymoron”.

Lawyers are often the butts of crude jokes. There is even a joke about lawyer jokes. It goes, “Lawyers don’t think lawyer jokes are funny and laymen don’t think they’re jokes”

The law and the practice of law are rife with humour. And we all can use humour to break the tensions, to create rapport and simply to maintain our sanity.

Marcel has been effectively using humour in his litigation practice for over 35 years. And he has also published legions of humourous articles in legal and non legal publications. Marcel is also an accomplished speaker. He has addressed lawyers, judges and non legal people, in an entertaining manner, on how to use humour to enhance one’s professional and personal life.

His talks will be of great interest to anyone interested in issues such as civility, burn out or technological overwhelm, or to anyone who simply does not wish to be stuffy and rigid.

Legalhumour.com is a unique site also containing original humourous articles penned by Marcel about lawyers, judges and cases. Marcel also amuses the folks with frequent blogs about news items with a legal twist.

Other ingredients: NO LAWYER JOKES

Of Wine and Roses

Mar, 1 2015 6:04 PM
by Marcel Strigberger

            Justice was done the other day.  The principal of Toronto's Northern Secondary demanded that students attending the prom this year would have to undergo a Breathalyser test in order to gain admittance at the big event. He cited previous problems where injuries actually happened consequent to student drinking.

            This imposition did not sit well with the president and vice president of the Student Council, who decided their Charter rights were being violated. The students contacted the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, which hooked them up with a lawyer who took the matter to court, pro bono. Justice Himel found that the principal and the school indeed violated the Charter of Rights, and that the students would not have to submit to this no doubt Draconian demand.

            This I would say is a major victory for all of us.  What the tyrannical principal wanted to do was impose his own RIDE program.  That will teach him

            Now, that his devious plot has been shattered, I really would feel safe driving my car near Northern Secondary on the night of the prom.  However,  if by chance I am in the area that night, I doubt I'll spot Justice Himel.

            The lawyer must feel proud of himself in succeeding to remove a barrier to prevent student rowdiness.  He must have had a blast spending those hours working for free.  Maybe as a token of appreciation the students will at least buy him a bottle of Champagne.

            Speaking of money, (not for that lawyer), let us talk about Anne Dias Griffen, the estranged wife of Illinois billionaire Ken Griffen.  She is suing K.G. for spousal support of one million dollars per month.  Her monthly budget you might say, is a bit to the right of modest.  For example, it includes $14,000 per month for food.  That's about $500/day for kibbles. How much does she weigh? Half a ton?

            She also needs $2000/month for stationery.  I suppose she would use that stationery to send frequent notes to her husband saying, "Honey, I'm hungry again."

            My favourite is $460,000 per month for vacations. This includes $300,000.00 for a private jet. The balance of $160,000.00 is for accommodations. I see a major flaw here.  With all that traveling her husband should insist that she use reward points. I just came back from Florida and paid only $175.00 for the flight using Aeroplan. And I even got a free night at the Marriott Courtyard (I'm a proud Silver Elite member).  Not bad.  I would be happy to share some of my cost savings strategies with the husband.

            The wife's actions disturb me. I think I shall indeed contact the husband and offer to meet him for a chit chat over a beer.  And maybe we can even invite the student executives of Northern Secondary to join us.


             Please also visit my persoanl injury and family law practice website, www.striglaw.com .  Guest do not need to  submit to a breathaliser.


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