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This summer, listening to National Public Radio, Connecticut Bar Association President William F. Gallagher sensed he was in for another round of sidesplitting attorney bashing. NPR commentators announced special prizes for four lawyer joke categories. Gallagher didn’t wait to hear the jokes. He fired off a letter to ‘All Things Considered’ editor Jonathan Kern. Gallagher, a top trial and appellate lawyer with New Haven’s Gallagher & Calistro, pitched for rebuttal time. If NPR is going to cast lawyers in a negative light, Gallagher wanted attorneys to talk about the “important role lawyers play in protecting the rights of every American citizen.” Kern reconsidered, and NPR President Kevin Klose wrote Gallagher, saying it was not NPR’s intention to offend lawyers. Gallagher certainly hasn’t silenced NPR as an outlet for lawyer humor. On its Web page, npr.org, the brief bios of interns include that of Jonathan Kang, in his second year at George Washington School of Law. His enthusiasms include lawyer jokes, and he offers: “The National Institutes of Health today announced a switch from rats to lawyers in lab experiments. NIH cited three reasons: 1) researchers become too attached to their rats; 2) humanitarian groups do not object to the unethical treatment of lawyers; and 3) there are just some things a rat won’t do.”

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