Does patting the eagle’s head bring you good luck in bankruptcy court?

Strange question, I know, but someone asked me this very question today.

Guarding the stairwell to the entrance of the Frank E. Moss Federal Courthouse, where the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Utah is located, is a carved eagle’s head.  Every time I go to court, I pat the eagle on the top of the head.  Another attorney asked me if it brings good luck.  I said, “I’m not sure, but it never hurts.”

In case you feel like you need a bankruptcy good luck charm, it will not hurt to pat the eagle’s head.  Below is a picture of the guardian eagle.  Ignore the lipstick mark someone left on his beak before I took the picture (some people must really love eagles).