About a month ago, I asked for nominees for an epic bracket that would ask: Who is your favorite fictional lawyer. The suggestions flowed in. In the comments, over email, via Twitter, and even from people I met in bars. And the tips came from all kinds of people. Lawyers and law students, their parents, legal journalists and bloggers, and even television critics.
Everybody has a fictional legal character that they cherish and wanted to see represented. I had hoped that a 32 lawyer bracket would capture most of the worthy contenders, but it turns out we could have made a 128 lawyer bracket and still had notable snubs.
So we’ve had to make some tough cuts to bring it down to 32 lawyers. And we’ve had to create some arbitrary cut-offs, like limiting ourselves to lawyers who got their fictional start in the last 30 years — to keep things manageable and keep this from becoming an Atticus Finch coronation exercise. But with big apologies to Perry Mason, Tom Hagen, and the older readers who adore them, I think we’ve come up with 32 lawyers fictional lawyers worth arguing over…
Here is the bracket. If you want to print it out and use it for an office pool, you probably have a gambling problem that rivals those of the ATL editors and we should all hang out together in Vegas. Unless you have eyes, like a hawk, you’re going to want to click on the image to enlarge:
Again, click here for the big image.
We’re going to do the left side of the bracket today, the right side of the bracket tomorrow, and voting will close on Sunday on both sides for round one.
You’ll figure it out, lets start the voting. Click through our slideshow to vote in all eight of today’s match-ups…
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