Mr. Wolverine 2012

A testament to the high standards of Mr. Wolverine: co-hosts Mark West, Nippon Life Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and Sarah Zearfoss, Senior Assistant Dean for Admissions, Financial Aid, and Career Planning.

Mr. Wolverine 2012

Perhaps the choreographers (Ilya Feldsherov and Leah Bueso, both 3Ls), though quite capable, had their work cut out for them…

Mr. Wolverine 2012

A Prof. Nick Bagley impersonation by 1L Mark Garibyan.

Mr. Wolverine 2012

Finalist Shang Kong, 1L, struggles for a winning answer. Behind are (l to r) finalists Nelson Sales, the first LLM student to compete in Mr. Wolverine; Alex Lacey, 3L; and Brian Chang, 3L.

Mr. Wolverine 2012

The palpable drama of a dance number.

Mr. Wolverine 2012

Contestants get physical in this photo, taken before the dancers stripped down to shiny lycra shorts.

Mr. Wolverine 2012

Joey Friedmann (shirtless) and Elliot Carvalho (center) are 3Ls who assisted contestant Adam Halper, 3L, in his Britney Spears "firmwear" segment. At right and more conventionally dressed is 3L Ryan Ferris.

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Johnny Pinjuv, a 1L contestant, shows what lies behind the suit.

Mr. Wolverine 2012

The proud and regal Mr. Wolverine 2012, 3L Brian Chang!

Mr. Wolverine 2012

The radiant contestants, assistants, and pageant organizers Liz Houghton (blue shirt, left), 2L, and Leora Rodenstein (blue shirt, right), 2L.

IN THE EYES OF THE BEHOLDERS  Not every top law school can boast an annual all-male pageant (or, in the words of co-host Prof. Mark West, an "ironic beauty contest"). And not just any law student can be crowned Mr. Wolverine. In addition to performing several group dance numbers, contestants must deliver an impersonation of a professor and demonstrate a talent in the "firmwear" portion of the evening. Each of five finalists (due to a tie this year, however, there were six) must then answer a question put to him by one of the judges (who are carefully selected from among faculty and administrators). It's about so much more than just good looks.

Photos by Leisa Thompson Photography.

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