With the Democratic convention just days away and the GOP’s following soon after, potential VP candidates are the fodder for round-the-clock media speculation. As pundits weigh the relative political merits of each potential second-in-command, eyeing regional flavor, age, and religious ties, The Am Law Daily is instead evaluating their legal resumes. The top contenders:

Evan Bayh has been linked to Sen. Obama as a potential vice president, despite his support of Hillary Clinton in the primaries. Bayh, 52, started his legal career at the University of Virginia’s law school. He clerked for U.S. District Court Judge James Noland in Indiana before joining Hogan and Hartson in Washington for a year. Bayh then hopped to Birch Tabbert & Capehart to work with his father, former U.S. Sen. Birch Bayh, for another year before heading to Indianapolis law firm Bingham, Summers, Welsh and Spilman (now Bingham McHale). Between his tenure as governor and senator, in 1997-1998, Bayh was also a partner at Baker and Daniels.

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