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




Please stay tuned for more information about Marcel’s upcoming book: Poutine on the Orient Express: An Irreverent Look at Travel.




October 2017

Of Judges and Jedis

Oct 3, 2017 9:00 PM
Marcel Strigberger

     A seemingly not too notorious criminal case made its way into the news.   Twenty four year old Lavinia Woodward, a student at Oxford University, stabbed her boyfriend in the leg with a bread knife.  She was apparently angry at him for telling her mom she had been drinking.  She pled guilty to unlawful wounding. The offence carries a max jail time of 5 years.

    The judge however, Ian Pringle, just gave her a short suspended sentence noting there were mitigating factors. These included that she had no previous criminal convictions and that she was, “genuinely remorseful”.  Some British newspapers complained that the sentence was much too lenient and that she received special consideration given her connection to the elite university.  I agree.

    Parsing the decision, the judge is saying, “You have never done anything like this before.  That’s a novel consideration.  And you tell me your are really sorry and you will not do it again.  That’s good enough for me.  Mitigating factors.  Given these circumstances we shall overlook the fact that you attacked your boyfriend with a bread knife, replicating that iconic scene from Psycho”.

    To be fair, Pringle J also found that she had some eating disorder.  Then again she did not plead not guilty by reason of insanity It’s not like the evidence was that she took out that bread knife and approached her boyfriend with intent to slice him up believing that he was a double rye.  This would be a different story.

    I wonder as well, re that eating disorder, if she garnered some sympathy given that the judge’s name was Pringle.  Who knows?  (Personally I prefer Miss Vickie’s).

    This event certainly adds another dimension to Stephen Leacock's  classic humourous essay, “Oxford as I See it.”

    There is another story out of Saudi Arabia, where somehow someway some high school textbooks ended up photo-shopped a bit, containing an image of the late King Faisal signing the U.N. Charter in 1945 BUT sitting next to him is Yoda.

    Naturally a senior official has been fired.  Were this official to start a wrongful dismissal action,  I don’t give him the chance of a snowball in the Sahara.  I am sure there would be a finding of just cause.  In fact it would also not surprise me that there is even some legal precedent where an employee gets canned for allowing infiltration into a school textbook of a photograph of a king sitting next to a Jedi master.  I have not done a Quicklaw search.

    The education minister is totally besides himself saying it was all an “unintended mistake.”   I don’t know what will happen to him.  Given the egg on his face, he might stand a good chance for some leniency if he would appear before judge Pringle.


   I am now retired from the practice of law after almost 43 years in the profession. I now have time and leisure to laugh even more. I would be delighted to speak about using humour, avoiding trouble or otherwise amuse you at your next event. Please email me at marcel@striglaw.com.

And coming soon, my new book,  Poutine on the Orient Express: An Irreverent Look at Travel  
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