Here is the stumper of the day, a devilish question submitted to Gertrude Block, who writes a column called “Language Tips that appears in the NYSBA J., Vol. 80, Feb. 2008 at 54.
“Isn’t it incorrect for a lawyer who is not a member of the corporate law department of the corporation, but who was hired by the human resources department as vice-president of compliance, to send out memoranda and e-mails both internally and externally, identifying himself as “Esq.?””
The esteemed Ms. Block, a lecturer emerita at the University of Florida College of Law, deferred to her readers as she feels this is “a matter of professional etiquette.” My take is that this is a matter of personal enmity.
I implore all of you who are compelled to answer this thoughtful and important inquiry not to flood my email but to await developments on this breaking story.
Rees Morrison, Esq.