Posted Jul 21, 2011 12:57 pm CDT
Move over, Lionel Hutz. The votes are in, and the most popular fictional lawyer of the last 30 years is Jack McCoy, the prosecutor played by Sam Waterston on Law & Order.
Above the Law asked its readers to vote in its Fictional Lawyer contest. McCoy won, to the consternation of fans of the animated Simpsons lawyer of I Can’t Believe It’s a Law Firm! voiced by the late Phil Hartman.
The contest was limited to fictional lawyers of the last 30 years “because I didn’t want the competition dominated by the old guys,” writes blogger Elie Mystal. “To my horror, this contest has taught me that I’m the old guy.” He theorizes that younger readers helped propel McCoy to victory because the other fictional lawyers were ancient history.
“Congratulations to Sam Waterston, Dick Wolf, and the entire Law & Order brain trust,” Mystal writes. “You’ve created a character that is extremely popular and will live on in the minds of young lawyers for at least another generation.”
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