In light of the distasteful reminder of Monica Goodling and Alberto Gonzales today, it may help to clear the palate by voting for your favorite lawyers in the annual poll of lawyers by Law Dragon has begun. You can vote for your favorite lawyers and judges here.
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On another practice-related story, Obama’s acting Deputy Attorney General James Cole was blocked by Republicans in the Senate this week. Cole is an extremely talented lawyer who was given a recess appointment. He has a long history of public interest work and distinguished service as a lawyer. [However, as one of our regulars has pointed out, Cole is opposed by the Government Accountability Project for his role in the AIG investigation]. He is being opposed in part for his writings about terrorism in a single op-ed article where he merely referred to terrorism as a crime. The Democrats could not muster the 60 votes to end a filibuster — even with the vote of Sen. Lugar joining his Democratic colleagues.