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This couple definitely merits an honorable mention this week. They met a year ago in Vegas and turned a 24-hour hookup into a NYT wedding announcement featuring seersucker, a 6-year age difference, and a JD from Widener. It’s certainly one of the more colorful lawyer wedding announcements we’ve seen in a while (although we concede the bar is fairly low).
We even managed to find a picture for you, seersucker and all. They look like they know how to party, don’t they?
On to our finalists, who are more prestigious — but admittedly a bit less colorful:

1. Dolores DiBella and David Schmid
2. Susanna Cowen and Ross McSweeney
3. Kara Burke and Matthew King

Check out these couples’ photos and qualifications, after the jump.


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1. Dolores DiBella and David Schmid
(Buy them a garment bag.)
The Case:
- These two met as undergraduates at Georgetown, from which the bride graduated magna cum laude. That magna was enough to earn her a spot at Columbia Law — and wow, it’s really nice to see someone going from Georgetown undergrad to law school at a solid Ivy, rather than the other way around. The groom has a master’s in public administration from NYU.
- Dolores is an associate at Proskauer Rose. David works for New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg as an assistant commissioner for operations in community affairs.
The Case Against:
- “Dolores” is a name that peaked in popularity around 1920. We predict that — unlike other old-fashioned names like Rose and Sophia — this one is unlikely to bounce back any time soon.
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2. Susanna Cowen and Ross McSweeney
(Buy them a cheese slicer.)
The Case:
- One lawyer; one lawyer-to-be: Susanna, who has a JD from the University of Chicago, is a staff lawyer at the National Crime Victim Law Institute and a clinical professor at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland. She graduated magna cum laude from Columbia, which is where she met Ross.
- Ross is a freelance advertising copywriter in Portland. He’ll be starting law school at the University of Chicago this fall.
The Case Against:
- Wait a second. Susanna is a clinical professor in the field of criminal law, but she focuses on the rights of . . . victims? How gauche of her. Must be that whacko right-wing law school she attended.
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3. Kara Burke and Matthew King
(Buy them a butter dish.)
The Case:
- This bride was cum laude at Colgate and will be pursuing a master’s in social work at Catholic University. Her groom, a graduate of Yale, has a law degree from NYU.
- Matt is a corporate counsel at MicroStrategy, a software company well known in northern Virginia for having its headquarters next to the Tysons Corner mall.
The Case Against:
- MicroStrategy’s founder is famous for losing $6 billion in one day in an accounting scandal.
The Verdict:
It’s close. Team Cowen-McSweeney probably should win on a technicality because it’s got two lawyers (or one and a half). But we find them a bit bland. Neither of the other two contenders blows us away, though. Readers, you make the call: