alito%20dinner%2012.jpgNo, this isn't a Benetton ad. Left to right: Grant Vinik; Jeannie Rhee; Jessie Liu; Justice Samuel Alito (duh); Robin Meriweather; and Anna-Marie Roop.

Last night, one-half of Wonkette attended the annual dinner of the Yale Law School Assocation of Washington, DC, at the National Press Club. The dinner honored Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., Yale Law School class of 1975, the newest member of the Supreme Court.

The proceedings were declared off the record, so we can't tell you about Justice Alito's thoughtful, erudite, and highly entertaining remarks. Nor can we share with you the fantastic conversations we had over dinner, at a star-studded table. All the journalists -- and quasi-journalists -- had to put away our notebooks for the night.

But no one said anything about cameras. So we took lots of photographs of the assembled legal luminaries -- such as the picture shown above, in which Justice Alito "strikes a pose," looking like a general about to head into battle.

Additional pictures -- including photos of the evening's other celebrity, Sen. Arlen Specter, Yale Law School class of 1956 -- appear after the jump. (These are amateur photos; please don't mistake them for the work of Liz Gorman.)

alito%20dinner%201.jpgCharlie Savage, of the Boston Globe, and Robert Bernard Davis, of WilmerHale.

alito%20dinner%203b.jpgProfessor William Eskridge; Sen. Arlen Specter; and Michael O'Neill, chief counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

alito%20dinner%204.jpgProfessor Eskridge and Senator Specter.

alito%20dinner%205.jpgLeft to right: the back of an unidentified hottie's head; Professor Eskridge; Senator Specter; and Professor O'Neill.

alito%20dinner%206.jpgAlito law clerk Sasha Volokh, and his wife, Hanah Volokh.

alito%20dinner%207.jpgRyan Bounds, chief of staff at the Office of Legal Policy, and Stacey Bennett, soon to be joining Kirkland & Ellis. He sure is tall, isn't he?

alito%20dinner%2011.jpgIf you don't know who this guy is by now, you should be reading a newspaper, not this blog. Props for the Yale Law School necktie. New Haven, represent!


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