Lawyer as Doctor?

In the current ABA Journal, Ms. Maher of the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility talks about when and how lawyers can call themselves "doctors" when they have a J.D. (Juris Doctor) degree.

I always wondered about this and appreciate Ms. Maher’s explanation of the issue — and that there are no really clear ethics rules or opinions about this, despite the fact that J.D. is not that young an appellation (1960-1970s). 

If a Ph.D. can be called "doctor," why can’t a lawyer? Or, why isn’t "doctor" limited only to M.D.’s?


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