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Tuesday, April 13th. When people need help — ranging from dealing with a traffic offense, writing a will, setting up a business, or facing serious criminal charges — they turn to an attorney.

Yet this ancient profession is the frequent target of ridicule and disdain. Lawyers rank just ahead of advertisers and car salespersons in esteem, and there are numerous websites devoted to lawyer jokes.

That’s why tomorrow is International Be Kind to Lawyers Day. Suggestions for observing the day range from giving the jokes a rest, to phoning your attorney to express appreciation.

There are nearly 1.3 million lawyers, paralegals and legal assistants nationwide. Atop these activities are 80,000 judges, magistrates and judicial law clerks.

You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at www.census.gov.

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