The American Bar Association has named former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales "Lawyer of the Year" for 2007.
Judge Gonzales shouldn't get too excited about the encomium, however, since a runner-up was Michael Nifong, the North Carolina DA notorious for his outrageous shenanigans during the attempted prosecution for rape of three Duke University lacrosse players.
Maybe he was ineligible for the top prize because he's disbarred.
Other runners-up include Howard K. Stern of Anna Nicole Smith fame and somebody out of Los Angeles called "Cupcake." In other words, it doesn't sound like an award anybody would actually want.
More like a Darwin Award for lawyers. Hopefully the ABA takes its "highly qualified" ratings slightly more seriously.
* Full disclosure: I voted for
'I'm torn between being entertained as a spectator
and horrified as a legal professional.' - Roy Black