Question of the Week

In Your City, Where Do You Find the Lawyers Who Lunch?

This week, the Miami Herald did a short feature story on La Loggia Ristorante—an Italian restaurant right across from the Miami-Dade County Courthouse—and the lawyers who fill the place every weekday. The combination of the primo location and quality food “has created a micro-culture here, with diners staking claim to identifiable tables they occupy so reliably, they’re easier to find at lunchtime than perhaps if you were to dial their cellphones all day long,” the Herald reported.

“The legal community will stop by [La Loggia] and see who they need to be talking to,” commercial litigation attorney Michael I. Rose told the Herald. “It’s an opportunity to discuss cases in the pipeline or make deals.”

The article reminded us of how places like the Brief Bag, the fictional post-trial gathering place of the characters in the columns of the ABA Journal’s Jim McElhaney, exist in real life in cities across the nation. So this week, we’d like to ask: In your city, where do you find the lawyers who lunch? Tell us your city, the name of the restaurant, and any other details you wish. Law students and professors who aren’t in practice can let us in on their schools’ ubiquitous hangouts as well.

Answer in the comments.

Read the answers to last week’s question: What Was Your First Computer?

Featured answer:

Posted by Retired: “The first computer I used (rather than owned) was the IBM 7040/44 I learned to program at Illinois Institute of Technology in the mid-60s. About 100 Chicago Public School students received the opportunity to learn programming on Saturdays at IIT. It had 16K of RAM, but 32K in double precision mode. We punched our own card decks, and submitted them to be run, then debugged them the next week (and debugged, and debugged). I learned that I really did not want to be a computer person, but the discipline necessary to deconstruct and flowchart the operation for which one wanted to program, and to write tight, structured code for the program served me well for 38 years in the practice of law.”

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