There is no telling which deceased human being The Economist will honor with an official obituary. This week the person is Manohar Aich, first Mr. Universe from India. Here you can read it.
So, the question some may be wondering about in the legal sector is: Which lawyers will be covered in The Economist obit?
The odds are the a SCOTUS justice will make the cut. But not necessarily. Members of the media have the power to deliver a snub.
I would put my money on colorful lawyers which have a track record for winning and have done work in the public interest. They include David Boies, Ted Olson, and Bill Marler.
Also, there are lawyers who no longer practice law but have made their mark in fields related to law. A possibility is Yale JD David Lat. He founded the idiosyncratic Abovethelaw. Its signature is the number of eager leakers at brandname law firms and law schools. Lat also published a novel which sold well. With several more accomplishments like those and he could be The Economist material.
More recently Saul Goodman has stolen our hearts for his resourcefulness and resilience. If Goodman dies in the series "Better Call Saul," The Economist will have to take note.
With the ethos of fame so pervasive in America, one wonders if anyone studies for the LSAT with an eye on becoming a celebrity in the legal sector? Many of my lawyer acquaintances on the Gold Coast of Connecticut said their focus was money, not becoming a celebrity. They had no longing to argue a high-profile case before SCOTUS. Instead, they hustled to bring in business for their law firm. That's the way to make partner and ensure the millions of dollars.
Fame does not necessarily convert into wealth.