Monday, December 3, 2012

Roof Over Your Head Day and an almost remarkable legal coincidence

Most of the Usual Suspects proclaim today Roof Over Your Head Day, suggesting that today is a good day to be thankful for the roof over your own head and to do something to help out those who aren't fortunate enough to have a roof over their heads.

And, another day, another United Nations observance, this one the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

There's a Lincoln tie-in today, too. On this day in 1839, Abraham Lincoln was admitted to practice before the U.S. Circuit Court. Lincoln was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1836, but -- just like today -- lawyers can not practice in a Federal court without also being admitted to the bar of that court.

Our crack research staff picked up on this little snippet and then noted that it is also Advocate's Day in India. "Advocate" is frequently used as a synonym for "lawyer." Could there be a Lincoln tie-in here as well?

Sadly, no.

According to Wikipedia, Advocate's Day in India celebrates the life of Rajendra Prasad, a very prominent lawyer in that country, a leader of the independence movement, and the first President of India.

But wouldn't it have made a great story if we could have figured out how to tie these together?

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