The issue of hefty signing bonuses for Supreme Court clerks has generated lively discussion in the comments, as well as on otherblogs.
You clearly have strong views on the subject — and we’re curious about them. So it’s time for one of ATL’s (hugely unscientific) reader polls:
Kristina Daugirdas and Nicholas Bagley made a valiant effort in our Couple of the Month contest. Over time, they narrowed the gap between themselves and the leading couple considerably.
But in the end, it wasn’t enough — especially since the leading couple, which started off and remained in the lead throughout the contest, included a sitting federal appeals court judge:
Our prior post about the propriety of wearing a shirt with a button-down collar with a suit provoked vigorous debate in the comments.
The sentiment in the comments was, on balance, running against this look. And we personally disfavor it as well. But in our reader poll, a majority of you deemed this pairing acceptable:
So the button-down-shirt proponents have prevailed. But considering the closeness of the vote, you might want to avoid this look if you can, out of an excess of caution.
P.S. Commenter Sartorialist, are you reading this? If so, can you email us? We’d like to ask you something. Thanks. Earlier: Button-Down Shirts With Suits: Hot or Not?
Justice Clarence Thomas is one of the quieter Supreme Court justices, at least at oral argument and in terms of media appearances. (He can be quite gregarious and charming in smaller settings.)
But Justice Thomas recently sat down for a chat with Business Week, which you can read here. The interview focuses on Justice Thomas’s undergraduate education at Holy Cross and the effect that the Reverend John E. Brooks had upon CT as a mentor.
You can read excerpts at the WSJ Law Blog. We think the Law Blog hits the most important parts. But we’d add to the mix Justice Thomas’s comments about his college classmate and friend, superstar defense lawyer Theodore Wells, now defending I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby:
Do you feel a sense of fraternity with the people you went to school with?
In a distant way, I absolutely do. We don’t pal around. I absolutely admire Ted Wells and he and I are quite different. He’s one of the finest lawyers in the United States. But you know what? It’s not unpredictable. It’s something that could have been predicted. Think of the people who took chances on him.
There was a wonderful fraternity—The Cross. When you were a crusader, you looked after each other—no matter where you were. That doesn’t mean they would always be in a position to do you a favor. But they were there, just as a friend. I’ve never been turned away by a graduate of The Cross.
While we’re on the subject of Justice Thomas, we’re curious about your opinions of him. Please take our poll:
Just a quick reminder: our contest to find the hottest law librarians in America is still underway. You can vote on the male nominees here and the female nominees here.
Both contests are looking like two-person races. Although thirteen women and six men were nominated as hot law librarians, two women and two men have pulled away from the pack — big time.
In the women’s race, Abigail Rudman is currently in first place, with 39 percent of the vote. Joy Hanson follows with 27 percent. No other nominee polls above 10 percent.
Meanwhile, on the men’s side, Larry Reeves has a commanding lead, with 52 percent of the vote. Dwight King is running second, with 39 percent. The other four contestants all hover between one and three percent.
We’ll keep the polls open through the weekend. If you haven’t done so already, please cast your votes! Earlier: Law Librarian Hotties: Your Male Nominees Law Librarian Hotties: Your Female Nominees
We’ve finally finished all of our Legal Eagle Wedding Watch write-ups for January. So it’s time to vote — rather belatedly, but that’s our fault, not yours — for ATL’s January 2007 “Couple of the Month.”
If you’d like to review the couples one more time, our original write-ups — with scores, links to their NYT wedding announcements, and photos (in some cases) — appear after the jump.
But if you’re ready to vote, here’s the poll:
Yesterday we posted the female nominees for America’s hottest law librarian. But we know it’s the men you really want to see. From an email:
We’re all waiting for the male nominees with bated breath. I’m sure there’s a Daniel Craig hiding in a row of US Reports somewhere….
We’ll let you be the judge. The hot male law librarians are a smaller group than the women. But there are still some impressive contenders in the bunch, despite its modest size.
You can check them out, in all of their masculine-yet-bookish glory, after the jump.
Earlier this month, we began accepting nominations in Above the Law’s exciting Law Librarian Hotties Contest. We received some excellent submissions — librarians so hot that if you saw them in the stacks, you’d drop that Am. Jur. on your foot.
Now it’s time to announce the nominees. We’ll start with the women; the men will follow in due course. To kick things off, some words from a librarian at the U.S. Supreme Court:
To quote President Bush, “As Sam [Alito] and I both know, you can’t go wrong marrying a librarian.” Good luck to all your contestants!
You may not agree with most (or any) of George W. Bush’s actions. But marrying Laura Bush — who did have a “real job,” as a librarian (sorry, Teresa Heinz Kerry) — was probably one of the Decider’s best decisions.
If you’d like to follow the president’s lead, and find a librarian of your own to marry, we have some candidates for your consideration. To “check out” (hehe) America’s hottest law librarians, take a peek at what lies after the jump.
Last week we posted this photo, with captions:
“Speaking of asking people out, have you ever seen a tax law professor bust a move?”
“Well, now you have.”
For the record, these captions can be read in more than one way. Was Professor Paul Caron hitting on Professor Shari Motro (profiled here)? Or was it the other way around?
Within the legal blogsophere, Professor Caron is a total rock star. And what’s a rock star without groupies?
(Digression: Speaking of Professor Caron, he has prepared this handy list of teaching fellowships for aspiring law professors. It’s a great resource for those of you interested in legal academia.)
By the way, after we chastised Professor Caron for wearing a button-down shirt with a suit, the good professor wrote us as follows:
I showed my students your comment about the button down shirt and asked them to vote on whether your fashion sense was correct about button down shirts with suits — maybe it is a Midwest v. East Coast thing (or perhaps they were just sucking up to me), but the students voted 85% v. 15% in favor of the button downs.
Update/clarification: We can’t believe we even have to do this. But for the record, a “button-down shirt” refers to a shirt with a button-down collar.
Time for an ATL reader poll:
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The holiday season is upon us, and yet again, you have no idea what to get for the fickle lawyer in your life. We’re here to help. Even if your bonus check hasn’t arrived yet, any one of the gifts we’ve highlighted here could be a worthy substitute until your employer decides to make it rain.
We’ve got an eclectic selection for you to choose from, so settle in by that stack of documents yet to be reviewed and dig in…
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