Question of the Week

Who is your legal icon?

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has ascended to pop culture prominence, as shown on the October cover of the ABA Journal. Ginsburg’s trailblazing career has drawn a wide range of admirers beyond those who hope for her Supreme Court intercession.

The cover story features a gallery of items bearing the Supreme Court justice’s image, from coffee mugs and pins to an “action figure” doll.

Rarely does devotion to the law stir such public veneration. Few gift shops feature a lawyer in the display case. When Senior Judge Damon J. Keith of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at Cincinnati reached 50 years as a federal judge last year, he drew praise as a “legal icon.” But the 96-year-old jurist’s fervent followers are found largely in his native Detroit.

This week, we’d like to ask you: Who is your legal icon? Is it someone as well known as Ginsburg, or a 1L professor who set fire to your lawyerly ambitions? And what makes this person the one you’d buy as a bobblehead?

Answer in the comments.

Read the answers to last week’s question: Do you bring your smartphone or laptop to meetings?

Featured answer:

Posted by Greg: “I sometimes take my iPad or laptop to a meeting to take notes because I can type these notes much faster than I can write them longhand and it is actually less distracting for me since I am a very fast typist. I do not use it without first informing my client of my purpose. I then often share the notes I have taken with my clients who were present at the meeting so we all have the meeting record.”

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