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‘The Supreme Court Clerk of My Heart': Not Talkin’ About Pam Talkin

Supreme Court 6 Above the Law blog.jpgWe recently posted about an amusing Craigslist “Missed Connections” ad (text here; no longer available on CL itself). It was posted by a lovelorn, 30-year-old male, with a crush on a female Supreme Court employee who shows up to oral argument in tails.
We wondered whether our poster might have a crush on Pamela Talkin, the Marshal of the Court. Although she may be a little old for the typical thirty-year-old, Talkin does wear tails to oral argument. And some guys have a real thing for older women.
In the comments to our post, however, several of you helpfully suggested that the woman in question might be Denise McNerney, the Merits Clerk, who “is often in the courtroom in tails.” Ms. McNerney was described as “very attractive,” “stunning,” “in her early 30s, nice, and drop-dead gorgeous.”
So what did we do? We contacted the original Craigslist poster, by email, and asked him for more details about his crush.
Our correspondence with him appears after the jump.

We sent this message to the CL poster:

Pamela Talkin Pam Talkin Supreme Court Marshal Marshall Above the Law blog.jpgFrom: [ATL]
To: [anonymous Craigslist poster]
Date: Tue, 1 May 2007 17:53:45 -0400
Subject: Supreme Court Clerk of My Heart
Greetings. Is the woman you’re looking for by any chance Pam Talkin? (Photo attached.)
Another possibility: Denise McNerney, the Merits Clerk.
Could you describe the woman in question?

And received this response:

From: [anonymous Craigslist poster]
Sent: Wednesday, May 02, 2007 7:29 PM
To: [ATL]
Subject: RE: Supreme Court Clerk of My Heart
[Redacted comments stating that no, Pam Talkin is definitely not the female in question.]
She sits on the other side of the bench, but not every argument day, only somedays. Perhaps Denise? Thanks for the note back though. I appreciate the effort. Do you work at the court?

Our response:

From: [ATL]
To: [anonymous Craigslist poster]
Date: Wed, 2 May 2007 19:36:48 -0400
Subject: RE: Supreme Court Clerk of My Heart
Actually, I write a legal blog called Above the Law. I did a post about your CL posting over here:
Your response is hilarious! May I quote it in the blog — on a completely anonymous basis?
By the way, I loved your original posting — very, very witty and funny. Great stuff.
Hope all is well!

And then his:

From: [anonymous Craigslist poster]
Sent: Wednesday, May 02, 2007 10:07 PM
To: [ATL]
Subject: RE: Supreme Court Clerk of My Heart
Haha! Thanks, that is great. My five minutes of fame! I am glad someone saw the humor in my pathetic love “plea.”
Yes, she sits beside William Suter. I assume as an assistant Clerk? I never saw a ring and she is a tall brunette that wears the same grey tails as Clerk Suter. (Definitely not an usher!)
From the looks of the comments on your page it must be the 30’s, “smoking” Denise. And thanks to all your readers that gave their input!

ATL readers: Pat yourselves on the back. You’re helping to forge love connections!
Denise McNerney: If you haven’t done so already, please email your secret admirer. If you end up becoming an item, how cute would that be? You would definitely make the Times weddings page — and would be prominently featured in Legal Eagle Wedding Watch, too.
(If you don’t have his Craigslist email address, since his CL post has expired, just email us, and we will put you in touch with him. We’re here to help!)
Earlier: Desperately Seeking ‘The Supreme Court Clerk of My Heart’

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