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


Jul, 2 2015 8:59 PM
by Marcel Strigberger

     There is an island in Scotland called Canna.  Its population numbers 26.  It has one store. The other day this store was robbed.  This event actually was Canna's first crime in 50years.

     Let's play Sherlock Holmes.  Whodunit?  Of the 26 inhabitants, let us assume half are children. That leaves 13 possible suspects. 

     There likely is a church.  This would disqualify the minister, and presumably his wife. Of course we must also subtract the storekeeper and his wife. That leaves 9 suspects. 

     There must be a school there with say at least 2 teachers and one principal.  They would never rob the store. The worst they would do if they were annoyed at the storekeeper, would be to give him a detention. This leaves 6 suspects.

     Let us guess who the 6 remaining people are. There are no police on the island, given its crime free history.  But there is likely a financial advisor/insurance salesman.  You find these guys everywhere. Noah probably had one aboard his ark.  He would never hit the store.   After all if he would, he would be removing the owner's means of following his advice. No go. Leaves 5 suspects.

     I am sure the place has a lighthouse. After all can you imagine a Scottish island without a lighthouse? Exactly.  I see Peggy's Cove with a guy in a kilt.  But the lighthouse keeper? No way. Have you ever come across a lighthouse keeper? Exactly. They never leave the lighthouse. 4 to go.

     Being an island, there has to be at least one fisherman.  He would not do it. These guys are too busy catching fish or mending their nets.  Nah.  Leaves 3 suspects.

     There just has to be that mysterious man who runs the dilapidated former motel, sort of the Mr. Bates of Canna.  He might be a suspect but no one will dare go to his house to ask him questions; not even the police, if there were any.  And in any event, he would be too obvious.

     This leaves two people.  They have to be the island's lawyers.  You cannot have one lawyer there as that would create the potential for conflicts of interest.  Oh pshaw! No way Jose. 

     Why would a lawyer pull the heist? He would not even earn professional development credits.

     I believe this crime will go unsolved.  I feel sorry for the storekeeper. Then again, maybe he did not lose anything. Quite likely the financial advisor sold the storekeeper theft insurance.

       Please also visit my personal injury and famly law practice site, www.striglaw.com .  Slip and fall cases in lighthouses welcome.


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