Follow their heart to the Supreme Court
Sarah Elizabeth Weiner was working as a legal assistant when she paired up with David Samuel Schulman, who was in business school, on the dating app Bumble in September 2017. Setting up a first date required a process then familiar to both: the negotiation.
“He originally offered to go to The Cloisters,” Ms. Weiner said, referring to the museum in Manhattan’s Fort Tryon Park. “I was like, ‘No,’ because if he was either a crazy person or just really boring, because that’s like an hour to get up there.”
They eventually settled into some sort of speakeasy oyster bar closer to Lower Manhattan, where each was then living. The night they met, the drinks quickly turned into a long dinner as the two happily reflected on how easy it was to be together.
At the time, Ms. Weiner was a clerk for Judge J. Paul Oetken of the Federal District Court in Manhattan. From Lenexa, Kansas, she graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and earned a law degree from Yale. Mr. Schulman was then pursuing an MBA at NYU A graduate of Colgate University, he is originally from New Hartford, NY
Their quick chemistry quickly led to more dates. But as their relationship blossomed, a difficult situation loomed: When her year-long internship in Manhattan ended in 2018, Ms. Weiner planned to move to Washington to become clerk to U.S. Court Judge David Tatel. call from the United States for the District of Columbia circuit. After graduating from NYU that same year, Schulman planned to start consulting work in Boston.
Yet their soon-to-be divergent paths didn’t stop them from falling in love. In the winter of 2017, as Mr. Schulman traveled through South America and Ms. Weiner studied for the bar, both felt their feelings deepen.
“It really felt like an amazing journey,” Mr. Schulman said. “But I found myself really wanting to go home and call Sarah.”
When he did, Ms Weiner said she was coming off “a tough week at work”. Hearing his voice, “immediately, I just like, relax a bit, like someone’s turning off white noise.”
Before their move to Washington and Boston in July and August 2018, the two decided to make it work, with the understanding that Mr. Schulman would eventually join Ms. Weiner in Washington.
During their move, they maintained “a pretty strict schedule” of visits, Schulman said. “One weekend a month, I would go down to DC; one weekend a month she came to Boston. They kept going back and forth until March 13, 2020, when Ms. Weiner went to Boston for the weekend – “and then I just stayed for two months,” she said.
“We went from a long distance to no distance,” she added.
In May, he moved back to Washington with her and together they moved into a new apartment near the H Street Corridor. Months later, in July 2020, Ms. Weiner began a new job as a clerk for Justice Sonia Sotomayor of the United States Supreme Court.
Mr. Shulman proposed that summer, on the roof of their building. Wanting to surprise Mrs. Weiner, he asked some friends to invite him to a decoy picnic earlier that day.
“I really had no idea, except when we came back from the picnic,” she said of her proposal. “I went to put the leftovers in the fridge and saw a bottle of champagne in there that wasn’t there when we left.”
In the summer of 2021, as Ms Weiner’s internship with Judge Sotomayor came to an end, the couple had yet to choose an officiant for their wedding. So, while attending a staff meeting, Ms. Weiner asked the court if she would agree to marry them. “Judge Sotomayor really makes a point of getting to know her clerks and getting to know their partners,” she said.
In July, the couple bought a house in the Petworth neighborhood of Washington, where they currently live. Ms. Weiner is now a partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson, a law firm in Washington. Mr. Schulman works as a senior product manager at Amazon in Arlington, Virginia.
On May 13, they were married in the United States Supreme Court in Washington in front of their parents and Judge Sotomayor, who officiated at the ceremony held in her chambers. The following day, the newlyweds hosted a reception at the Atrium of the Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, Virginia, which was attended by 146 vaccinated guests.