Someone I'm fairly close to sent me an email last week, which was a variation of the 'all lawyers are assholes' line I hear fairly regularly. Coming from strangers or the ignorant, that's one thing, but coming from a close friend? Totally different.
I haven't responded. It's been a few days now.
I never have any idea about to how respond to these things. Do you expect me to agree with you, that all lawyers are assholes? Do you want me to argue with you about it?
It's always amazing, though -- people make the claim that all lawyers are assholes, knowing you to be a lawyer, and as such are calling you an asshole to your face, and go on like it's the most normal, accepted thing in the world, and why are you getting upset?
I really should start answering back with "I heard the same thing about your mother." See how that goes over.