« on: November 22, 2006, 06:14:28 PM »
I can see a couple arguments either way. A few state bars explicitly allow this practice, apparently. I lean towards yes.
Here are a few of the things I've come up with:
Pro: Lawyers have doctoral degrees, as even their academic regalia are the doctoral robes. For hundreds of years, even lawyers without doctoral degrees were called Doctors of Law. It is appropriate to call PhDs "Doctor" under most circumstances, and even other degrees like EdDs. The JD is enough of a degree to teach law, and Doctor originates from the Latin root meaning one who teaches or is qualified to do so. ...It would also be cool to go to a law firm and introduce all of your attorneys as Doctor So-and-so.
Con: There could be confusion with Medical Doctors. There is also the JSD degree which always entails the use of the title.