We set up three lawyerly blind dates last week. One got off to a rough start. One shut a restaurant down. And the third… well, our magic 8-ball of love says “reply hazy.”

I set these two up because they’re both over 30, like tonic as a mixer, and listed Ruth Bader Ginsburg as their favorite Supreme Court Justice. Of course, there’s a subtext to that last choice, as both our Courtship Connectors pointed out in their write-ups of the date.

He says he would be a “songwriter/novelist” if he weren’t an attorney, and she says, “if I knew the answer to that, I’d be doing it.” Per his suggestion, I sent them on Thursday night to Lillie’s, on 17th Street near Union Square. He tells me:

First, thanks so much for setting me up…it’s clear that part of your setting me up with [REDACTED] must have been matching two of the most jewish sounding names in the world. ;-)

Well, im happy to tell you that this ATL match went much better than Lat’s attempt.

We met up at the bar and she recognized me first, she’s really sweet (and cute) and we had a lot in common and similar backgrounds. We chatted for over 2 hours and agreed to go out again. i’ll keep you posted. Many thanks!!

Alright. What did she think? Well, for one, she was happy that a male reader of Above the Law didn’t turn out to be an “angry hobbit, d-bag, or socially awkward male legal type…”

This couple got artistic with their photo from the date.

She’s an in-house attorney, who remembered Lillie’s being her suggestion for the venue. It wasn’t, but it shows they have similar tastes:

I was pleasantly surprised that my ATL meetup was not an angry hobbit, d-bag, or socially awkward male legal type. Therefore, no juicy traumatic story to share with my friends/ATL readers but also no horribleness that yours truly had to suffer through to gain such story.

He is a nice guy, lots of personality, didn’t talk about lawyering or SCOTUS justices or billing hours at all, which is great. We had a nice conversation. It was a funny coincidence that we discovered we suggested the same bar (especially since I’d never been there).

I can’t say I credit the ATL survey with matching us up according to our responses, since I only recall 2 questions and he didn’t remember his answers to any, but more likely they saw our names and put together “Must be Jewish Guy” and “Must be Jewish Girl” (which to be fair to Kash I had requested, or else, would have blown the survey success rate).

Give me more credit, please.

Given her lukewarm write-up, my magic dreidel now says “Oy, Outlook Not So Good” for this relationship. But I hope they’ll keep me posted and invite me to their child’s bar mitzvah if it does work out.

Earlier: Prior ATL Courtship Connections


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