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Legal Eagle Wedding Watch 10.4: Meet Packer

champagne glasses small.jpgCommenters often complain that we feature too many Biglaw associates in this space — uninspiring young people who’ve drifted through college and law school and are now drones at soulless firms. We’re delighted that this week, Biglaw associates make up only one-third of our couples. Rounding out the field are a soulless-drone partner and a former associate who abandoned Biglaw for the classic refuge of the disillusioned JD: law teaching. Enjoy this foray into the unexpected!
Our couples:

1. Caroline Dougherty and Marc Packer
2. Patricia Wencelblat and Richard Cooper
3. Tania Tetlow and Gordon Stewart

Get the details on these newlyweds and vote for your favorite couple, after the jump.

1. Caroline Dougherty and Marc Packer
(Too old for a registry.)
The Case:
– The bride brings a Skidmore degree to this fairy-tale late-in-life marriage (she’s 43; he’s 50, and it appears to be the first marriage for both). The groom has an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a law degree from Columbia.
– Caroline holds the glamorous position of vice president for public relations and special events at Saks Fifth Avenue (check out their “Want It! Fall Trends“).
– Marc is a partner in Skadden’s M&A group, where he’s worked on a whole crapload of really, really boring matters.
The Case Against:
– Marc looks like he’s undergoing a colonoscopy, but that’s just how he expresses giddy, unbridled joy.
2. Patricia Wencelblat and Richard Cooper
(Buy them a muffin pan.)
The Case:
– Dual Harvard undergrad degrees for these two (she was cum laude; he was magna), although they didn’t meet until after graduation. She has a law degree from Columbia; his is from HLS (cum laude).
– Both are employed as Biglaw associates at prestigious firms in New York, he at Davis Polk and she at Weil, Gotshal & Manges.
The Case Against:
– Her Columbia degree is a blot on their otherwise Harvard-pure record.
3. Tania Tetlow and Gordon Stewart
(Buy them a toilet paper holder with magazine rack.)
The Case:
– This New Orleans girl graduated from Tulane and has a JD, magna, from HLS. She’s back home now, teaching at Tulane Law School (she also directs the school’s Domestic Violence Clinic). We love that she’s showing some skin in their NYT pic — and she looks even more comely on her faculty page.
– The groom, who previously operated a brewery in Scotland, moved to the States to be with the bride and now is a business professor at Xavier University in New Orleans.
The Case Against:
– “I’m Scottish, very dramatic and Celtic,” says the groom. Oy. He also has an ex-wife and young child in Scotland. “Dramatic” and “previous marriage” adds up to the kind of disaster-in-waiting that female law professors typically fall for.
The Verdict:
– We’ve got nothin’, folks. Is it the dour-but-successful Skadden partner, the pair of Biglaw drones, or the hottie Tulane prof and her undependable groom? You make the call:

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