Our first two lawyer of the month polls in 2011 were dominated by death and despair. Several high-profile, wonderful attorneys died in the month of March — e.g., Warren Christopher, Bill Stuntz — but we’re not including them in this month’s contest. This month, the lawyer of the month reader poll is 100% alive.

And we’ve got some very strong nominees this month. We’ve got standard bearers for salaciousness, uplifting entrants, and deranged douchebags.

Should be fun. Let’s check out the nominees for March…

This month’s nominees encompass much of what we like to bring to Above the Law readers:

Tyler Coulson: Like Caine in Kung-Fu, this young lawyer decided to walk the Earth. Literally. Tyler Coulson quit his job at Sidley Austin in Chicago and decided to walk across the country with his dog. That’s one hell of a way to get out of Biglaw.

Brain Emeott: Or you can move to Nepal. That’s what Emeott, a former Skadden Arps associate (also in Chicago), decided to do. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried spending a couple of years in the bowels of Skadden saying crazy things to imaginary friends like, “If you just get me out of here, I swear I’ll move to Kathmandu and help people.”

Robert Leighton and Lauren Serafin: These two are no longer together in the marital-engagement sense, but their names will always be linked on our pages. Leighton figuratively left Serafin at the altar after a raunchy bachelor party in Vegas, causing Serafin to sue Leighton for a “breach of promise.” In other news, Leighton (like Tyler Coulson) works in the Chicago office of Sidley, a firm that has thus far refused to pay spring bonuses. Coincidence?

Marilyn Ringstaff: OMG, U must remember Ringstaff 4ever :) . She’s the 2006 graduate of John Marshall Law — in Atlanta, not Chicago — who put smiley emoticons in a court filing. Totes!

Gary Shipman: Through the use of various animal fables, Gary Shipman told all of the lawyers working for his firm that he wanted them to show up to work at 8:30 a.m. While there was certainly a breakfast theme to his musings on when lunch should be taken, I think the important thing to remember is that nobody at the firm has had to toss Shipman’s salad, yet.

Who should be crowned Lawyer of the Month? Vote in the poll below. Voting ends Thursday April 7, at 11:59 p.m.

Who is March's Lawyer(s) of the Month?

  • Tyler Coulson (44%, 205 Votes)
  • Robert Leighton and Lauren Serafin (17%, 80 Votes)
  • Gary Shipman (14%, 65 Votes)
  • Brian Emeott (13%, 63 Votes)
  • Marilyn Ringstaff (12%, 58 Votes)

Total Voters: 471

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