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Amy Goodusky: Scholarly Survey Finds A Hungry Bunch Of Lawyers

, The Connecticut Law Tribune

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Snack food choices were widely distributed. About 45.3 percent of the attorneys surveyed preferred salty, cheesy or crispy snacks to facilitate brief-writing or other legal work. Some 3.2 percent selected raisins, dried fruit or granola, and tended not to practice in litigation. Thirty-six percent opted for chocolate or chocolate related food. The remaining 15.5 percent (n: 2) were equally divided in preferences for pizza and ice cream. This result had a strong correlation to type of law practiced; the pizza enthusiast's practice sector is criminal defense work. The lawyer who preferred ice cream does juvenile work.

Relaxation activities also spanned a broad spectrum. These results tended to break down along gender- and age-related lines. Lawyers with children preferred sleeping as their relaxation activity. Litigators, particularly male litigators, were not biased toward active sports, but instead tended to choose golf as an activity that helped them relax. An additional 3.1 percent (n:1) liked tennis; another 6.2 percent (n:2), when corrected for gender bias, chose knitting. There were other varied selections, including photography, ballroom dancing, flying a private plane (this respondent practices in the corporate sector) and one respondent selected coed naked Jello wrestling. This result was discounted as facetious, especially as his other responses also appeared to lack candor.

Conclusions: The attorneys surveyed indicated strong preferences for their selections, and were prepared to advocate for their choices. Most appeared to be willing participants, and to think carefully about the questions.

The results reflect the following scientific assessment: Whatever gets you through the night is all right.•

Amy F. Goodusky, a former paralegal, rock 'n' roll singer and horseback riding instructor, is of counsel at O'Brien, Tanski & Young in Hartford.

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