Weddings

legal eagle wedding watch david lat above the law legal blog law blog david lat david lat atl.JPGThe Dow is hitting record highs — and after a month of softness, the lawyer wedding market is bouncing back too. In addition to Supreme Court superstar Ted Olson, a number of attorneys got married last weekend. And several of them made it into the wedding pages of the New York Times (although not Olson and Lady Booth; they must not have submitted, because one can’t imagine them not making it in otherwise).
Here are the couples vying for victory this week:

1. Lindsay Anathan, Britt Rogers

2. Lisa Humphrey, Andrew Tauber

3. Alexandra McGinley, Brandon Holder

Evaluations and scores, after the jump.

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ted olson theodore b olson theodore olson.jpgThis past Saturday, October 21, Washington superlawyer Ted Olson and his fiancee, Lady Booth, were married. The wedding ceremony took place at the stunningly beautiful Meadowood resort, in Napa Valley, California.
Olson, a giant of the Supreme Court bar, served as Solicitor General — the federal government’s top lawyer before the Supreme Court — from 2001 to 2004. He’s currently a partner in the elite D.C. office of top-flight firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.
Olson successfully litigated the landmark 2000 election case, Bush v. Gore, in the Supreme Court. On the losing side: renowned litigator David Boies. But presumably there were no hard feelings, since Boies showed up for the wedding festivities — along with many other legal luminaries.
Some legal celebrity sightings, from the Washington Post’s Reliable Source:

More than 300 guests attended the midafternoon ceremony on the golf course, including Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, former justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, legal commentators Victoria Toensing and Joe diGenova, NPR’s Nina Totenberg, legal names such as Robert Bork, Kenneth Starr, David Boise [sic], and Olson’s law partner Bill Kilberg. U.S. Appeals Court Judge Laurence Silberman performed the ceremony, and Wall Street Journal Publisher Gordon Crovitz served as best man.

This is Booth’s first marriage and Olson’s fourth. The couple will honeymoon in Hawaii.

We hear through the grapevine that the wedding was, not surprisingly, “a great time. It seemed like half of Washington was there!”
Other notable guests: Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson, of the Fourth Circuit; Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain, of the Ninth Circuit, and his ever-stylish wife, Maura O’Scannlain; Frank Fahrenkopf, former RNC chairman and current gaming industry superlobbyist, with his wife, Mary; current Solicitor General Paul Clement; and conservative pundit Laura Ingraham.
Despite the tremendous collective brainpower of these august guests, we hear that several of them were left scratching their impressive craniums by one wedding detail: the request on the wedding invite for “Napa Casual” attire.
These leading minds of the bench and bar can slice, dice, define and parse the most complex legal terms known to man. But throw two innocent little words at them — “Napa Casual” — and watch them panic.
If only every day could be a court day. Who doesn’t look good in black?
Update: You can check out photographs from the wedding by clicking here.
Napa Nuptials for Olson and His Lady [Washington Post]
Theodore B. Olson, Solicitor General bio [USDOJ.gov]
Theodore Olson [Wikipedia]

legal eagle wedding watch david lat above the law legal blog law blog david lat david lat atl.JPGO happy day! After weeks of delinquency, we’re completely caught up here at Legal Eagle Wedding Watch. This post rates and reviews couples from this past Sunday’s NYT weddings page.
Update: For those of you who are first-time visitors to ATL — thanks, Instapundit! — Legal Eagle Wedding Watch is explained here.
Yet another painfully slow weekend for lawyer nuptials. In fact, we found only one lawyer-lawyer couple. Here are today’s contestants:

1. Jennifer Greene, Kenny Marines

2. Trish Lisa, Peter Wilson

3. Emily Nelson, Zachary Cunha

Numerical scores and commentary for each couple, after the jump.

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legal eagle wedding watch david lat above the law legal blog law blog david lat david lat atl.JPGWe’re almost caught up here at Legal Eagle Wedding Watch. Today we discuss and score couples featured in the New York Times weddings page of October 8, 2006.
Again, a bit of a slow weekend for weddings involving lawyers. Here are the three couples under review:

1. Amanda Biles, Lee Reeves II

2. Katherine Dowling, Marc Axelbaum

3. Emily Weisenbach, Michael Burke

Numerical scores and commentary for each couple, after the jump.

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yale law school.jpg* Our Law School Dean hotties contest is now underway. Vote on the women here, the men here, and the alternate male candidates here.
* Do you know anyone who is currently clerking for Justice Alito? If so, we’d like to hear from you.
* If you’re in law for the money, we recommend Korean transactional practice, at a big firm. You’ll probably make more than you would as a solo practioner or small firm lawyer.
* If money is your top priority, then don’t bother with the law; go work for Goldman Sachs . Partners there take home an average of $7 million a year. And still find time to beat up on small businessmen.
* ATL readers: Not as rich as Goldman Sachs partners. But pretty damn smart.
* Creative ways to get yourself criminally charged: (1) walk around your office buck naked; or (2) walk out of a restaurant without paying (after concluding that your seafood pasta dish was short on the seafood).
* But protesting while topless, that’s okay.
* Lori Alvino and Matthew McGill: We are not worthy. The happy couple tied the knot earlier this month. Their wedding guests included two sitting Supreme Court justices, the chief judge of the D.C. Circuit, and two SCOTUS short-listers. (Yes, we’ve categorized this under Nauseating Things.)
* Some dispatches from the New Yorker Festival: Justice Breyer, with Jeffrey Toobin; legendary criminal defense lawyer Gerald Shargel, along with other experts on the Mafia; and some guy named Jon Stewart.
* There’s a new kid on the ATL block: Meet Stella Q. Welcome, Stella!

lori alvino mcgill matthew mcgill matt mcgill lori alvino.jpgYesterday Lori Alvino and Matthew McGill crushed their competition in Legal Eagle Wedding Watch. And perhaps their margin of victory should have been even larger.
We would have given them extra points had we known about these legal celebrity sightings at their wedding:

Not that Matt McGill and Lori Alvino McGill need more praise from you, but FYI: their wedding was attended by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, for whom Matt clerked back when he was on the D.C. Circuit; Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, for whom Lori clerked; and Chief Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg of the D.C. Circuit.

Other guests of note: former Solicitor General Ted Olson, and former D.C. Circuit nominee — and possible Supreme Court nominee — Miguel Estrada. (Both are now partners in the elite D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.)

So, if you think about it, you’re talking about two legitimate Supreme Court justices and, but for the cruel hand of fate, three other contenders for the Court.

WOW. Not much else to say, except: WOW.
If you were a guest at this star-studded gathering, and can offer an eyewitness report on the festivities, please drop us a line. We have so many questions. For example:

Was Chief Judge Ginsburg accompanied by the special lady friend very nice guest he took to the Yankees-Orioles game last year?

Did the abstemious Justice Ginsburg eat any wedding cake?

Did Chief Justice Roberts and Jane Roberts cut the rug at the reception — and if so, how were their moves? Is the Chief ready to appear on Dancing With the Stars?

Enquiring minds want to know!
Weddings & Celebrations: Lori Alvino, Matthew McGill [New York Times]
Earlier: Legal Eagle Wedding Watch: October 1, 2006

legal eagle wedding watch david lat above the law legal blog law blog david lat david lat atl.JPGWe’re still a little behind here at Legal Eagle Wedding Watch, but we’re working diligently to catch up. This post reviews and rates couples featured in the New York Times weddings page on October 1, 2006.
The weekend of September 30-October 1 was not a big one for lawyer weddings. But we did find three couples worthy of review:

1. Lori Alvino, Matthew McGill

2. Carrie Girgenti, Gregory Sheps

3. Eunice Hong, Gerald Neugebauer III

Numerical scores and commentary for each couple, after the jump.

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legal eagle wedding watch david lat above the law legal blog law blog david lat david lat atl.JPGPeople, you have redeemed yourselves. After the pathetic turnout in our August 2006 Couple of the Month contest, hundreds of you voted for the September 2006 Couple of the Month here at Above the Law.
It was a close race. The lead was traded back and forth between Beth Hansher and David Javdan, on the one hand, and Michèle Lallemand and Joseph Brazil, on the other.
But in the end, only one lucky lady can catch the bouqet, and only one couple can be the Couple of the Month. Congratulations to:

BETH HANSHER and DAVID JAVDAN!!!

What put them over the top? We have a guess: their vigorous campaigning, which included sending in a large, gorgeous, high-quality photograph of themselves.
For those of you who are curious, here is the final tally. Congrats again, Beth and David!
Earlier: Legal Eagle Wedding Watch: September 2006 Couple of the Month
August 2006 Couple of the Month.

legal eagle wedding watch david lat above the law legal blog law blog david lat david lat atl.JPGVoter turnout has been very good for our September 2006 Couple of the Month contest. And it’s a close race: Beth Hansher and David Javdan lead with 37 percent of the vote, but Michèle Lallemand and Joseph Brazil are right behind them (36 percent). We expect this to be a photo finish. To cast your vote, click here.
To avoid accusations that we gamed the time of the poll closing to favor a particular couple, we’re announcing in advance when voting will end. The polls will close tomorrow, Tuesday, October 10, at 3 p.m. Eastern time. The newlyweds in the lead at that time will be crowned our Couple of the Month.
Good luck to all five contenders. May the best couple win!
Earlier: September 2006 Couple of the Month: The Campaigning Begins
Legal Eagle Wedding Watch: September 2006 Couple of the Month

legal eagle wedding watch david lat above the law legal blog law blog david lat david lat atl.JPGWe were a little disappointed in voter turnout for Legal Eagle Wedding Watch’s August 2006 Couple of the Month contest. We’re happy to report that, based on early returns, the electorate appears to be much more enthused about the September 2006 Couple of the Month contest.
Perhaps you’re intrigued by the “Survivor: Race Wars” aspect to this month’s competition. Right now the three leading couples represent three different tribes: the whites (Sheila Kadagathur and Jake Phillips);* the blacks (Michèle Lallemand and Joseph Brazil), and the gays (Adam Berger and Stephen Frank).
Who will prevail? To cast your vote, click here.
We contacted the couples whose email addresses we could find and asked them if they had any messages they’d like to distribute to the voters. We haven’t received such messages yet (and understand that Sheila and Jake are on their honeymoon).
But we did receive this lovely photograph of Beth Hansher and David Javdan:
Beth Hansher and David Javdan.jpg
Beth and David are a pulchritudinous pair. Check out Beth’s lustrous hair and toned arms. It’s too bad we didn’t have this pic when we did the initial scoring!
* A correction — please see this comment.
Earlier: Legal Eagle Wedding Watch: September 2006 Couple of the Month

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