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What Are You Doing to Love Your Lawyer?

Nov. 5, 2015, 8:49 PM

Big Law Business wants to know: What are you doing on Friday, Nov. 6, otherwise known as “Love Your Lawyer Day”?

Yesterday, the American Lawyer Public Image Association announced it would celebrate this special day , which encourages lawyers around the world to do good — to donate to charity and offer pro bono help — while calling upon people from all professions to demonstrate their love for lawyers.

The ALPIA, a non-profit founded in 2001 by legal marketer and attorney Nader Anise, has spread word of the day through social media and news outlets after getting the American Bar Association Law Practice Council to make the day official.

Now that the word is out, Big Law Business wants to document lawyers who plan on using the day to either do good in their community, as well as people who are expressing their love for lawyers in a notable way.

On Thursday, we spoke with a couple lawyers in Florida, where Anise’s grassroots movement has started, to get a sense for their plans.

Personal injury attorney Samuel Bearman in Pensacola said that he plans on donating $1,000 to MANNA food bank to feed people in his community who need the help. Last year, he donated 75 turkeys on Thanksgiving through MANNA and the Salvation Army.

“I’m third generation here and this community has been good to my grandfather, my father and me and hopefully to our children,” Bearman told Big Law Business. “It’s critical to give to the community if you can.”

Simone Marstiller, an appeals court judge in Tallahassee, said that she has reserved a special room in her courthouse at the Florida First District Court of Appeals, to celebrate all of the court’s clerks with an ice cream party tomorrow.

“They are the ones who do so much leg work behind the scenes and don’t get any public credit for it,” explained Marstiller, noting that the court had 15 judges with two clerks each to celebrate. “They do the research and go through all the records — they work hard and long hours, more than many other lawyers do.”

Marstiller gave a shout-out to her own two clerks by name: Brandi Thompson and Wade Holder.

But the question that still hasn’t been answered is how will this day be received by Big Law? We reached out to a number of general counsel and law firm chairmen, and so far, the response has been pretty muted.

So C’mon, Big Law. Where’s the love!? Send us your stories and any plans you may have for Friday to Big Law Business at with the subject line, “Love Your Lawyer Day.”