Trivia Time: (Legal) Person of the Year

As Gerard indicated when he introduced me to this blog, he and I were on the Stanford College Bowl team together way-back-when.  I remain amazed by Gerard’s encyclopedic knowledge of Roman emperors. I was merely the go-to guy for pop culture and sports trivia.

In any event, in honor of Time’s unveiling of “The Protester” as its 2011 Person of the Year, consider the following trivia question:

Who is, or was, the only United States judge to be named Man (or Person) of the Year while he (or she) was sitting on the bench?

(And no, one cannot point to Time’s designation, say, of “American Women” as its People of the Year for 1975, and say that this cohort captured many judges; we’re talking about specific individuals here—even though North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Susie Sharp was among the women on the cover of that issue.)

The answer, after the jump.

The answer is John Sirica, Chief Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, who was named Time’s Man of the Year for 1973.  The “while he (or she) was sitting on the bench” caveat was necessary because Kenneth Starr was the co-Man of the Year back in 1998 (along with Bill Clinton); by that time, of course, Starr was no longer sitting on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.  Also, former Supreme Court Justice James F. Byrnes was Time’s Man of the Year for 1946; by that time, however, Byrnes had long since left the Court for other positions.

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  1. Gerard Magliocca says:

    I learned from Wikipedia that Jack Dempsey was the best man at Sirica’s wedding, and that before Watergate he was basically considered a dolt.