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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

ABA Journal 'Lawyers of the Year' a motley crew

I was pleased to hear the ABA Journal has recognized me as a "Lawyer of the Year." Well, sort of, anyway. Among the honorees it lists out are "the lawyer blogger," meaning anyone who is a lawyer who also blogs. And that includes me. (And also my esteemed Minnesota Lawyer colleagues, Barbara Jones and Michelle Lore.)

So who are our fellow honorees for this highly prestigious honor?

Well, at the top of the list is former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Alberto Gonzales????? In a subsequent interview, the ABA Journal's publisher, Edward A. Adams, explains the criteria is newsworthiness -- also making the obligatory point that Adolph Hitler and Josef Stalin were both once named "People of the Year" by Time magazine. (Gosh, by that measure, Gonzales comes off looking pretty good.) The ABA "Lawyer of the Year" list also included, among others:

-- Stuart "Scooter" Libby;
-- Monica Goodling;
-- Howard K. Stern (Anna Nicole Smith's lawyer husband); and
-- fictional lawyer Michael Clayton, played by George Clooney in the movie of the same name.

Wasting no time, the magazine goes on to name new Attorney General Michael Mukasey as its 2008 "Lawyer of the Year," notwithstanding the fact that 2008 is still a couple of weeks away.

I can't really find any rhyme or reason for a "Lawyer of the Year" list that would include every single lawyer blogger, Alberto Gonzales, Scooter Libby and a fictional character -- other than perhaps they dipped into the holiday eggnog a little early over at the ABA Journal. In any event, I am looking forward to getting my plaque in the mail.

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