Truth be told, Bruce is the Dean of the Bow Tie, while I am just Ben the Bow Tie Boy. In my formative years as an appellate lawyer, I marveled at Bruce’s scholarly approach and style. While I have long favored bow ties, I was judicious in my haberdashery splendor in those early years, donning the bow often enough to be comfortable, but always working toward the day when, like Bruce (Professor Rogow in those days), I could discard the cloak of the four-in-hand and reveal my true lawyer self, with the Bow. Thus, I evolved over time, developed a reputation worthy of the Bow, and always saw Bruce (and Florida Justice Major Harding, with a nod to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stevens) as my champions of the appellate persona.Not content to let Kuehne have the last word on the issue, Bruce Rogow said:
But I do have a different, but nonetheless significant, claim to fame: I have eschewed any pre-tied tie (bow or traditional) since I was a young tyke, having learned at an early age to tie a “real tie”, and preferring to demonstrate my prowess when the other boys were clipping on their faux-ties!
I thank Ben for his comments and am pleased to be associated with his bow tie wearing. Of course he is right, real men tie their own bow ties, and both Major Harding and Justice Stevens share that skill with us. One day in the U.S. Supreme Court I was arguing a case and Justices Stevens, Souter and Blackmun were all wearing a bow tie and I thought "I have a good chance just on the bow tie identification." I lost 9 to 0.Are these two polite or what? They didn't argue one point. I have to find some attorneys that hate each other or at least coax a few in that direction. "Hey Ben, Bruce also said your shoes look like you buy them at Walmart. And Bruce, Ben said he will swear he saw you use a clip-on."