Professional Courtesy

By July 30, 2006Briefly Legal

Sharks, lawyers, fear of being sued, ah…the jokes are too easy. From Hawaii, comes the following:

The nation’s lawyers are coming to Hawaii, and some of them apparently have no fear of sharks — unless they’re the kind that file lawsuits. About 40 lawyers have signed up so far for the National Lawyers on Longboards Surfing Contest scheduled during the Aug. 3-8 American Bar Association convention in Honolulu.

But the ABA has pulled out of sponsoring the surfing competition. The event organizer says the lawyers are afraid of being sued. “It’s really funny — the ABA won’t officially sponsor it for liability reasons,” said Lea Hong, a Honolulu environmental lawyer and surfer.

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