I don’t know how he did it, but somehow DBax got tickets to the most amazing event in town last night, the mock trial at the Shakespeare Theatre Company. That may not sound like much, and in any other city it wouldn’t be, but in DC, this was the event of the season. Why? Because we have a little something called the Supreme Court, that’s why. And some of the justices on the Supreme Court have a little something called a personality, and three of them brought it out in full force at Sidney Harman Hall last night. Yes, last night I actually saw Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and (I wasn’t so excited about this one) Samuel Alito in the flesh!! It was incredimazing. Counting the time I stalked Elena Kagan at Kramer’s for 20 minutes a few months ago, I have now seen four of the nine justices! Woohoo! The rest of the bench was actually made up of other super awesome judges, like members of the DC Circuit Court, which means they’re 3 steps and a death from being on SCOTUS themselves. And one of the judges was even repping for MLaw! Holla!
In this town full of lawyers it should be no surprise that this event sold out in 44 seconds. DBax and I are already on red-alert for next year. It was also the nerd event of the year as we all howled at jokes referencing everything from puns based on inane points of law to references to local political scandal (loaded SUVs anyone? Anyone?) and an absolutely amazing sentence chastising the House Ethics Committee using the names of former reps who have gotten away with murder. The attorneys were Beth Wilkinson a partner at Paul Weiss (and wife of David Gregory, aka the Silver Fox, who was snapping pictures like a proud hubby!) and Irv Nathan, Acting Attorney General for DC. Both were hilarious and Beth looked so great in her black dress and patent leather heels, I was totally motivated to stick to my overly arduous diet.
One of the best parts about the evening (besides the complete and total adorableness of Ginsburg, of course) was the audience participation. We each got chips so we could vote after the arguments and they bagged them all up and weighed them on a scale! It was great. They also gave us time to question the attorneys while the judges were deliberating. This was where it became painfully obvious that we were an audience full of lawyers, as people asked ridiculous legal questions for a mock trial based on a fictional story and the thinnest of legal arguments. But it was hilarious for them to try.
The last best thing? Watching Ginsburg slowly and delicately climb into the back of a big black town car that whisked her away, and then watching Sotomayor and a hot blonde chick climb into a Subaru and jaunt down the road. Ahhh, to be a Justice.
I would be bored in Hollywood and couldn’t afford a thing in New York. But in DC, I get to geek out at seeing SCOTUS justices, be entertained at over-the-top nerd events, and then sit outside in the gorgeous weather for drinks and people watching with a few good friends. What’s not to love?