Reader Polls

That’s the question raised here, by Susan Hackett of the Association of Corporate Counsel, and here, by Andrew Ross Sorkin of the New York Times.
Time for an ATL reader poll. Many of you are either first-year associates or law students who will soon become first-year associates. So we can guess how you’ll vote.
But we also have numerous readers who are in-house lawyers, senior associates, and even partners. Some members of these groups may oppose what they view as excessive salaries for first-year associates. E.g., this senior associate.
So the outcome of this poll is by no means a foregone conclusion. Here it is:

Viva La Revolution? [Corporate Counsel]
Are First-Year Lawyers Overpaid? [DealBook / New York Times]
Earlier: Skaddenfreude: What About the Senior Associates?

Our reader poll on Janet Reno’s hair is now closed. Here’s how you voted:
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Janet Reno hairstyles Above the Law blog.jpgWe were impressed by the strength of the sentiments you expressed on the subject of Janet Reno’s hair. Here’s the view of “Team Janet With a Part”:

Are you people blind??? Why is “Janet With a Part” not winning this in a landslide? It’s simple, elegant, and unfussy. The perm is messy-looking. The bangs are “trying too hard.” Go Janet With a Part!

Here’s a rebuttal from a partisan of the bangs:

12:12–unbelievable. I can’t believe anyone voted for Janet with a Part. The AG was never the femme de la femme, but with a part, she’s all man. It really draws out that jaw line in a way that makes me uncomfortable (though that’s probably really just a function of which WSJ artist was on call that day).

Finally, some wise advice from a third:

None of the above…she should go with a nice medium length, long bangs (cheekbone level) and tapered to her neck…It would soften her forehead and that prominent jaw.

Our take: Thank you for not voting for “Janet With a Perm.”
Earlier: Evolving Standards of Decency… in Janet Reno’s Hairstyles?

Joy Hanson Joy M Hanson Joy Hansen Larry Reeves Lawrence Reeves Laurence Reeves law librarians Above the Law blog.JPGThey can Shepardize like nobody’s business. They know the proper Bluebook form for CCH looseleafs, by heart. And they look really good in swimwear.

After announcing our Law Librarian Hotties contest, we received lengthy string cites of bookish beauties. From these nominees, we came up with slates of thirteen lovely ladies and six gorgeous guys.

After a first round of voting, we held runoff elections. And now, we proudly announce the winners.

Congratulations to the two hottest law librarians in America:




The runoff votes weren’t exactly suspenseful. Both Reeves and Hanson won by sizable margins:

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No photo finish here; but the results strike us as eminently fair. Congratulations to our two deserving victors!

Earlier: Prior ATL coverage of law librarian hotties (scroll down)

Yeah, we know — quelle surprise. Or, less delicately, “No s**t, Sherlock.”
Anyway, here’s the data, from a poll in which almost 1500 votes were tallied:
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As one of you noted, the results basically form an inverted bell curve. Over 56 percent of respondents clustered at the extremes: “Very Unfavorable” (30.6 percent) was the most popular choice, followed by “Very Favorable” (25.9 percent).
Speaking of SCOTUS-related polls, there’s still time left for you to vote on whether $200,000 bonuses for Supreme Court clerks are too high, too low, or just right. To vote, click here.
Earlier: Justice Thomas: The Sphinx Breaks His Silence

law library librarians hot hottest hotties Above the Law legal blog.JPGIt’s time for a quick housekeeping announcement about our Law Librarian Hotties contest. We’re currently in the middle of runoff votes between the two women and the two men who received the most votes in the first round. If you haven’t voted in the runoffs yet (or if you’d like to change your vote), you can do so by clicking here.
If you’d like to vote, though, don’t delay. We will close the polls tomorrow, Thursday, March 15, at 3 PM (Eastern time).
Right now, neither race is close. But it ain’t over until the results are certified by Katherine Harris. To the four remaining contenders, GOOD LUCK!!!
Earlier: Law Librarian Hotties: It’s Time for a Runoff!

The issue of hefty signing bonuses for Supreme Court clerks has generated lively discussion in the comments, as well as on other blogs.
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:

Lithwick on the Supreme Court Signing Bonus [PrawfsBlawg]
That Phat $200,000 Supreme Court Law Clerk Bonus [WSJ Law Blog]
What to make of those astronomical Supreme Court signing bonuses? [Slate]
Earlier: Supreme Court Clerks: Do They Live Up to the Hype?

law library librarians hot hottest hotties Above the Law legal blog.JPGThank you to everyone who voted in ATL’s Law Librarian Hotties contest. The first round of voting is now complete, and we have four finalists.
On the women’s side, our slate of thirteen fantastic nominees has been reduced to two worthy competitors:



And on the men’s side, we’ve whittled down a half-dozen nominees to one pair of hotties:



You can refresh your recollection about these hotties, and cast your vote in the runoff races, after the jump.

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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:
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Congratulations to ATL’s newest couple of the month: Ann Leventhal and (the Honorable) Jon Newman!!!
Update: In response to this question, the answer is “no.”
A couple that includes a Supreme Court clerk has lost before in Couple of the Month voting (although not in the weekly Legal Eagle Wedding Watch ratings). Lori Alvino and Matt McGill did not prevail in the October 2006 Couple of the Month competition.
Earlier: Legal Eagle Wedding Watch: January 2007 Couple of the Month
To read past editions of Legal Eagle Wedding Watch, click here, and scroll down.

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:
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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?

Clarence Thomas 2 Justice Clarence Thomas Above the Law blog.jpgJustice 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:

Online Extra: Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas Speaks [BusinessWeek]
BusinessWeek Interviews Justice Thomas [WSJ Law Blog]

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