They say that March comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb. And in the case of last month’s legal happenings, that saying held true for the most part. Because even stuttering lambs are still gentle creatures, right?
All in all, March was filled with excitement (of the sexual variety) and disappointment (of the layoff variety) for lawyers. We even got a lesson in how to (and how not to) argue before the Supreme Court.
So who are our nominees for March’s Lawyer of the Month competition?
Here are your choices. As always, the criteria for Lawyer of the Month are whatever you guys think the criteria should be.
- Joseph Neal Jr.: This “high-profile” attorney earned our Lawyer of the Day title in early March. Don’t tell mom the babysitter’s
deadallegedly having threeways with this attorney and his wife? This Mercer Law grad stands accused of rape and furnishing alcohol to a minor. High profile indeed.
- Chris Christie: Also in early March, the Governor of New Jersey got involved in what some called “the most-heated town hall clash of the year.” During the meeting, Christie went up against a current Rutgers Law student when debating the Rutgers-Rowan merger, and called him an idiot.
- Kevin Reed: Oh, the dangers of email! We certainly admire this Quinn Emanuel partner’s “gumption.” Reed sent out a lecherous and now infamous reply-all to the entire New York office of the firm, applauding a colleague’s choice of outfit. Next time, admire her “tight dress” outside the office.
- Steven Davis: March was a bad month for Dewey & LeBoeuf, which means it was even worse for Davis. While the Biglaw firm was hemorrhaging partners, the firm’s Chairman, err… Co-Chairman announced layoffs, deferred compensation for certain partners, and late bonus payments.
- Paul Clement: As the go-to guy for controversial conservative causes, Clement argued against President Obama’s signature piece of health care legislation before the Supreme Court. Did the “GOP’s great hope” convince SCOTUS that Obamacare should be stricken as unconstitutional?
- Don Verrilli: And arguing the Affordable Care Act for the liberals, we had Solicitor General Verrilli. His performance was categorized as “one of the most spectacular flameouts in the history of the court.” Yikes, that’s harsh. Come on now, cut the guy some slack.
Please vote in the poll below. Voting will end on SATURDAY, APRIL 7, at 11:59 PM (Eastern time).
Who should be March's Lawyer of the Month?
- Kevin Reed (28%, 64 Votes)
- Paul Clement (22%, 49 Votes)
- Joseph Neal Jr. (21%, 47 Votes)
- Steven Davis (15%, 33 Votes)
- Don Verrilli (8%, 19 Votes)
- Chris Christie (7%, 15 Votes)
Total Voters: 227
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