A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from July 14, 2014
“How do you get a lawyer out of a tree?” (joke)

One popular lawyer joke hints at the lynch law:

Q: How do you get a lawyer out of a tree?
A: Cut the rope.


The joke has been cited in print since at least 1993.


Google Books
Great Lawyer Stories:
From Courthouse to Jailhouse, Tall Tales, Jokes, and Anecdotes

By Bill Adler
New York, NY: Carol Pub. Group
1993
Pg. 131:
How do you get a lawyer out of a tree?
Cut the rope.

Google Groups: rec.humor
What?No lawyer jokes? 
Anthony H Schroeder
9/19/93
(...)
Q: How do you get a lawyer out of a tree?
A: Cut the rope.

Google Books
Legal Briefs
By Michael D. Shook and Jeffrey D. Meyer
New York, NY: Macmillan
1995
Pg. 96:
How do you get a lawyer out of a tree?
Cut the rope.

24 September 1995, Northwest Florida Daily News (Fort Walton Beach, FL), “Lawyer jokes back in season” by Bill Campbell, pg. 1B, col. 1:
Q: How do you get a lawyer out of a tree?
A: Cut the rope.

Google Books
The Joke’s On… Lawyers
By Stan D. Ross and Ysaiah Ross
Sydney: The Federation Press Pty Ltd
1996
Pg. 89:
Q: How do you get a lawyer out of a tree?
A: Cut the rope.

Google Books
The Mammoth Book of One-Liners
By Geoff Tibballs
Pg. ?:
How do you get a lawyer out of a tree?
Cut the rope.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • Monday, July 14, 2014 • Permalink