We’re behind by a few weeks in Legal Eagle Wedding Watch, but catching up won’t be that hard. For the weekends of January 28 and February 4, only two couples involving a lawyer made the New York Times wedding pages — one for each week.
So each of these couples wins as Couple of the Week, securing a default judgment in their favor. The two prevailing couples are:
1. Joy Chang, William Schaaf (January 28)
2. Jordan Chattman, Joseph Shumofsky (February 4)
We must still rate and review these newlyweds, however, so they can participate in the Couple of the Month contest. In case you’re interested, our write-ups and scores appear after the jump.
Joy Chang, William Schaaf
Résumé score: 9.0. She has quite a pedigree: Yale College, Harvard Business School. She now works for Victoria’s Secret — as a director of brand merchandise development, not as an underwear model. He’s a graduate of Haverford and U. Penn Law, now working in trusts and estates at Cadwalader.
Family score: 8.9. The highlight: his father is a partner in the New York office of Sidley Austin. Nice.
Beauty score: 8.9. A fine-looking couple. She has fine features, and they both have great teeth. Sure, he looks like he’s still in high school. But at age 33, is that a bad thing?
Balance score: 8.8.
Overall score: 8.90.
Additional comments: Although they had no competition, Joy and William probably still would have prevailed against most couples — they’re quite high-scoring.
Erica Busch, Brian Frank
Résumé score: 8.7. She’s a Tufts (magna) and Yeshiva Law grad, now at Moses & Singer, where she focuses on bankruptcy and civil commercial litigation. He is a managing director — ka-ching! — at Bear Stearns (risk arbitrage).
Family score: 8.7. Both of their fathers are lawyers: her dad has his own firm, and his dad, now retired, was a senior vice president, and associate general counsel at Pfizer. Her mother worked for the Middlesex County Planning Department in New Brunswick, NJ, where she administered the farmland preservation program (i.e., tried to prevent farms from being turned into mall parking lots). His mother is a retired teacher of computer science at a community college.
Balance score: 8.8. They belong together, without a doubt. They first met in seventh grade, and they attended each other’s bar/bat mitzvahs in junior high school. Then they fell out of touch for a while — but then two Jewish mothers saved the day. See Additional Comments, infra.
Overall score: 8.73.
Additional comments: Stop bitching about your mother trying to set you up with the kids of her friends — sometimes it actually works out! Consider the tale of Erica and Brian:
In 2004, their mothers ran into each other on the New Jersey shore, at a Long Beach Island house tour and several times after that. Each time their conversation turned to the single status of their children, who were both living in Manhattan.
Previously warned not to give out her daughter’s phone number, Ms. Busch’s mother instead gave her daughter’s e-mail address to Mr. Frank’s mother.
Mr. Frank, who had known two Erica Busches in high school, wasn’t sure to whom he was sending that first e-mail message.
The correspondence ignited instant online chemistry….
We love how Erica’s mom got around the “don’t give out my phone number” rule by passing along her daughter’s email. Clearly Mrs. Busch learned a thing or two from being married to a lawyer (and raising another).
Congratulations to Joy Chang and William Schaaf, and Jordan Chattman and Joseph Shumofsky!!! A victory by default is still a victory.
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