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Courtship Connection: City Voting and Opposites Attracting

Anyone who has spent a swampy June/July/August in D.C. knows that it’s not the ideal setting for a sizzling summer romance. So it is time to shift locations for the Courtship Connection, Above the Law’s dating service for legal eagles. 

Given my miserable less-than-perfect matchmaking track record, I was surprised by the number of emails from single lawyers and law students begging for Courtship to come to their city. I guess desperate times call for really desperate measures?

Since the only pleasure Courtship Connection tends to bring is to the readers, we shall let you choose the next city. Which metropolis of lawyers offers the greatest potential for throw-downs, of both the clashing and clicking variety? After the jump, you can vote for one of the nominees — Atlanta, Montreal, Miami, L.A., San Francisco, Chicago, Dallas, or Orange County, CA — and hear about the latest D.C. “cage match” of a date….

Let’s start with the voting. Some of the legal lovers-in-waiting advocated for their cities in the hopes of swaying your votes. Does this Georgia Peach’s argument persuade you?

I’d like to proffer Atlanta up as the next ATL (how appropriate) Courtship Connection City. We’re arguably the legal hub of the southeast with  several local law schools and a great happy hour scene for young  lawyers. Plus, since most of us are true southerners (NOT the UVA feb club kind of Southerner, don’t worry), even if it’s an awful set-up, we’ll be super polite about it to the blind date’s face and say “bless their heart” about them in the write-up that follows.

No, no, no. I want the Southerners that are disgustingly nice in person, but vicious gossips once backs are turned — for fun, snarky write-ups. Real Southerners.

A Great White Northerner says:

Easy call: Montreal. Sexy, modern, and chic. It’s like having Paris dropped into North America.

Hmmmm. Generalizing is dangerous, but let’s do it anyway: Canadians are funny but asexual. If life were a film, the Canadians would be those quirky sidekicks who never get any action themselves. If we head to Montreal, would we be setting ourselves up for even less action in this series? Too much snow up there, not enough heat, eh? 

A sad soul made this nomination without any compelling reasons:

Orange County, CA for next Courtship Connections!

I predict this is not going to happen. L.A. and San Fran are pretty stiff competition. Voting ends JULY 7, at 11:59 PM (Eastern time), so vote here:

Where do you want the next Courtship Connection series to be?

  • Chicago, IL (23%, 207 Votes)
  • Atlanta, GA (19%, 172 Votes)
  • San Francisco, CA (16%, 140 Votes)
  • Los Angeles, CA (13%, 113 Votes)
  • Miami, FL (10%, 88 Votes)
  • Dallas, TX (9%, 84 Votes)
  • Montreal, Canada (6%, 57 Votes)
  • Orange County, CA (5%, 41 Votes)

Total Voters: 902

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Now on to our latest date between two D.C. lawyers. He says:

Well done — pair a couple of very political animals from opposite sides of the spectrum in a cage match and what do you get?


If you were hoping for a screaming match that ended with someone getting a drink splashed in their face, we would have disappointed you.

If you were hoping for a hilarious series of non-partisan comedy hijinks, we would have disappointed you.

If you were hoping for an intense and angry debate amounting to foreplay, we would have disappointed you, too.


… however, if you were hoping for a highly enjoyable evening between political nemeses, I think you (and we) did pretty darned well.

I sent them to Vapiano in Chinatown. The date had a shaky (or should I say shady?) start. She brought a highlighter as her identifying item. She says:

I spotted him immediately as he walked through the door of the bar wearing sunglasses and carrying a “padfolio.” I was a bit concerned after you told me that he would be wearing “really hideous” sunglasses that he would be a fashion-plate hipster, but I was  pleasantly surprised that his self-described hideous sunglasses closely resembled my own, admittedly un-cool but immensely practical, sport sunglasses. The only difference is that I don’t wear mine on dates . . . at least not first dates.

Note: Anything that you self-describe as “hideous” should probably not be discussed or brought to a first date.

Bug-eyed Bono says:

A Peroni for me and an Darjeeling tea for her, made overly strong by a rookie bartender unfamiliar with proper tea portions.

It takes a special woman to love a man who orders an Italian beer, and it takes a special man to love a woman who orders tea at happy hours. Are these those special folks?

After Highlighter called me out and identified my self-proclaimed “nerd badge” (government ID) hanging around my neck, she fessed up to having one, too, and the “where in government” game began. After guessing a handful of possibilities, she stopped me and gave up the goods on her relatively new gig since escaping Biglaw. Without sharing our exact job titles, let’s just say it was pretty clear right away that not only did we work on opposite ends of Pennsylvania Ave., but on opposite sides of the political spectrum, too. For true beltway hacks, this might be an impediment to friendly conversation, but Highlighter and I moved past that pretty quickly and got into much more fun discussions of our non-work enjoyments: music, sports, event/party planning, teaching, playing “life coach” for friends, what to look forward to “after the lawyer thing…”

Sure, politics and the cursed DC “do you know [insert person] from [insert firm]” worked its way back in here and there, particularly when we realized that she had been considered for my old job in the previous administration… all together now: “revolving door!” We also swapped a handful of good stories and intelligence on the Federalist Society / American  Constitution Society universe, and our frighteningly similar roles in them. By the end of the evening, we were actually lamenting not having more friends with opposing views or opportunities to meet them.

Elephants and donkeys can share a cage!

Anyway, the next thing I knew it was 4 hours and a couple of rounds later, and having covered a pretty healthy spectrum, we decided to call it a night. Having no pen on hand, I did scribble down my digits in highlighter on the back of a business card before we agreed it had been fun, hugged it out, and she hopped off the Metro. While I can’t promise a Mary Matalin / James Carville situation, she was definitely a very attractive and fun chick with a great sense of humor that I’d enjoy  hanging out with again. Although we don’t exactly attend the same types of fundraisers, I figure there is enough non-partisan fun to be had in this town to see where things go — assuming she puts the highlight scribbled number to use sometime we’re not both severely over scheduled.

That sounds promising. What did Highlighter think?

The elephant in the room, so to speak, was political orientation. But we found no shortage of shared interests. In fact, we even realized that I spoke to his former boss when preparing to interview for his former position in the new administration. DC is a verysmall town! We also noted that we both would teach sports if (and when) we were not practicing law, and we both devote extensive time to athletic pursuits during the work week. We reminisced about serving as resident assistants in college and remarked on how much that experience informs our personalities to this day. It seems like you might have found my conservative alter-ego in networking, mentoring, and event-planning.

Can you believe this photo actually exists?

You say alter ego; I say SOULMATE.

While I make no promises regarding the potential for romantic interest, I had enough fun that I would be willing to do it again.

I encourage these two to reach across that aisle and put those political differences to bed.

Earlier: Previous Courtship Connections

Kash is an editor emeritus of Above the Law. She now spends her days at Forbes writing about privacy, technology and the law at The Not-So Private Parts. For a background on the creation of ATL Courtship Connection, see My Weird Hobby: Matchmaking Lawyers.

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