“Approach the Bench” started as a gift idea for my father. While I was growing up, we used to play chess
together and as an attorney, he was inundated with “World’s Greatest Lawyer” coffee mugs, ties and the like
for his birthday, father’s day, etc. A few years ago, I was walking down Thompson Street in Greenwich Village,
and noticed themed chess sets (Crusaders vs. Moors, Yankees vs. Red Sox, The Simpsons, etc.) in some shop
windows. I started to wonder if there were any legal themed chess sets I could get my father for his office.
An internet search yielded no legal themed chess sets, and the idea for ‘Approach the Bench” was born.
A year later we are featured in the ABA Holiday Gift Guide, the Rundown online Magazine, the Legal
Intelligencer and more!
Elegant and austere, Approach the Bench: The Chess Set for Legal Professionals is the perfect gift for an attorney,
law school graduate, judge, or anyone associated with the law. “Approach the Bench” combines the strategy and intellectual
prowess of chess, with figures and images one would find in the courtroom.
The chess pieces, made of cold cast bronze are based on iconic courtroom figures:
Available in these retail stores:
147 E. 57th Street
New York, NY
353 Greenwich Ave.
1522 Walnut Street
1059 High Ridge Road
Village Chess Shop
230 Thompson St.
New York, NY
Tinder Box Haverford
391 W. Lancaster
The chessboard is uniquely “stepped” to resemble a jury-box
and a bench, and is handcrafted from cold cast bronze and Italian stone tile.
*Optional personalized engraved bronze plaque available upon request.
**Custom chess sets also available in any color (including school colors) and
made out of any material (gold/silver/platinum and custom material upon request)