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Lawyer of the Month: January Reader Poll

As many of you know, one of our running features here at Above the Law is Lawyer of the Day. We don’t literally name one every day, but we like to keep you informed of the famous and infamous lawyers of the world. At the end of the year, we give you guys an opportunity to vote for a Lawyer of the Year.

Apparently you guys like to vote on lawyers, so why limit the experience to once a year? Above the Law has decided to let you crown a lawyer every month. We’ll pick the nominees (going forward, feel free to submit nominees to us at, and you’ll vote for the most deserving. There are no specific criteria — just vote for the lawyer or lawyers you think most deserve the title.

Let’s get to this month’s nominees…

Here are this month’s finalists, in alphabetical order:

  • Amy Chua: The Yale Law School professor has pretty much been dominating pop-culture discussion this side of Charlie Sheen. Her book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, touched off a debate about Western versus Eastern parenting styles. And nobody has every gone broke by telling American parents what they’re doing wrong.
  • Cravath Partners: Let’s all give a big shout-out to the partnership at Cravath. Sure, they tried to low-ball the associate bonus market back in December, but they came back strong in January. After Sullivan & Cromwell came out with a spring bonus, many expected Cravath to sheepishly match. Instead, the partnership went out and topped S&C, reigniting bonus wars like back in the good old days. (And one Cravath partner in particular, James Woolery, landed himself a great new job.)
  • Rampaging Female Attorneys: Kirmille Welbon, a deputy prosecutor, allegedly beat up the wife of a man she was sleeping with — over a pair of sneakers. Harvard Law School graduate and former prosecutor Angela West allegedly destroyed a Peet’s Coffee kiosk in a San Francisco airport. Is it a sign of progress that female attorneys can be just as crazy and violent as their male counterparts?
  • Chief Judge John M. Roll: After years of distinguished service on the federal bench, Judge John Roll was shot and killed during the assassination attempt on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. He just dropped in on the Giffords event to say hello. But his last 15 seconds were quite something: video footage shows that Judge Roll died a hero, most likely saving a Giffords staffer in his final 15 seconds.

Who should be crowned this month’s Lawyer of the Month? Vote in the poll below. Voting ends on Thursday at 11:59 p.m.

UPDATE: Find out the winner over here.

Who is January's Lawyer of the Month?

  • Judge John Roll (83%, 509 Votes)
  • Amy Chua (8%, 50 Votes)
  • Rampaging Female Attorneys (5%, 32 Votes)
  • Cravath Partners (3%, 20 Votes)

Total Voters: 611

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Earlier: Yale Law Professor Amy Chua Writes in Praise of Crazy Asian Moms
Associate Bonus Watch: Cravath Enters the Bonus Wars — and Beats S&C!
Federal Judge John Roll Among Victims in Arizona Congresswoman Shooting
Judge John Roll Died A Hero
Lawyer of the Day: Deputy Prosecutor / Other Woman Allegedly Beats Up Wife
Lawyer of the Day: Ex-Prosecutor Maybe Had A Little Too Much Peet’s Coffee

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