Reader Polls

We noticed that you guys enjoy trash talking about rival law schools. And we also realize, despite our general ignorance about sports, that we are now in the midst of “March Madness.” So, as several of you requested, we are introducing a March Madness-inspired feature to ATL.

Welcome to ATL MARCH MADNESS: LAW SCHOOLS!!!

Here are the brackets. They’re based, as you might have guessed, on the U.S. News and World Report rankings. At least they’re good for something!
(Where schools were tied, we assigned seeds based on where the schools appear on the USNWR list, which seemed to break ties based on alphabetical order.)
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Here’s how the tournament will work. Law schools will advance to the next round based on reader polls, in which we ask you which law school is “cooler.” You can define “cooler” in whatever way you wish. Basically, it’s a popularity contest.
The first set of polls appears after the jump.

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Please take a few seconds to fill out our (anonymous) reader survey. You can access it by clicking here.
And please don’t overlook question number 9, in which you can offer us editorial feedback — what you like, what you dislike, what you’d like to see more or less of in these pages, etc. Thanks!
Above the Law Reader Survey [SurveyMonkey.com]

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:

LARRY REEVES

and

JOY HANSON!!!

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:

1. JOY HANSON

2. ABIGAIL RUDMAN

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

1. DWIGHT KING

2. LARRY REEVES

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.

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