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FENWICK CHAIRMAN NOT FOND OF INTERIOR DECORATOR Die-hard Stanford Cardinal fan Gordon Davidson can’t seem to shake the blue-and-gold of his team’s archrival. Davidson, chairman of Fenwick & West, thought he had rid himself of the “Cal” logo some mischievous Golden Bears’ fans had painted on his office wall last fall when Fenwick moved to Mountain View in January. But the tenant who took over Fenwick’s old space decided the joke was too good to end. Gary Rieschel, a venture capitalist and Fenwick client who moved into Davidson’s old office, had the section of wall cut out, and he delivered it personally to Davidson. Rieschel actually thought he was doing Davidson a favor. He was operating under the misapprehension that Stanford won last year’s Big Game against UC-Berkeley. In fact, Stanford lost, 30-7. So the logo just rubbed salt into Davidson’s wounds. The pranksters won another point in their razzing of Davidson. Repainting the wall would have cost them $400. By tearing it down, Rieschel saved them some cash. “I wasn’t aware of the rabid Cal versus Stanford rivalry,” Rieschel said, “but I’m more than happy to pour oil on it.” — Renee Deger HOME BOY During a speech at the recent state Democratic Party convention in Sacramento, presidential hopeful U.S. Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., didn’t just defend his career representing plaintiffs, he used his courtroom victories to set himself apart from President Bush and his cabinet. “Under them, we get government of the insiders, by the insiders, for the insiders,” Edwards told a cheering throng of delegates. By picking the senator over Bush, Americans would get “somebody who comes from them,” he said. Edwards’ efforts to use his background to win support began even before he opened his mouth. As he took the podium, John Cougar Mellencamp’s “Small Town” blasted over loudspeakers, and then Edwards gave a quick version of his life: He’s the son of a mill worker who went to college and then spent “nearly 20 years as a lawyer fighting for the same people I’d grown up with.” It was an interesting strategy, especially in a state where the plaintiffs bar is recognized as a powerful lobby that has donated millions of dollars to Democrats now holding state offices and controlling the Legislature. Trial lawyers have become favorite targets of Republicans, who blame them for a variety of economic woes. Bush even jabbed at the profession in his State of the Union speech in anticipation of the medical malpractice reform moving through Congress. Still, Edwards remains hopeful. “I am proud of my career. I am proud of the families I represented. I am proud of the cases I won,” he said. “Mr. President, bring it on!” — Jeff Chorney HEART OF THE MATTER When Sacramento Public Defender Paulino Dur�n first read “Gideon’s Trumpet,” he was an undergraduate studying literature at San Francisco State University. The book, which tells the story behind the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic Gideon v. Wainwright decision of 1963, wasn’t part of his assigned reading. Rather, he discovered it because, well, that’s just the way things were in the Bay Area in 1968. “Most of us, a lot of us, were going to do something to make an impact on the world,” said Dur�n, who paused to reflect on the book last week during a ceremony celebrating the 40th anniversary of Gideon. Sacramento County Supervisor Roger Dickinson, who hosted the event in front of the Gordon D. Schaber Courthouse in Sacramento, brought a copy of the 1964 book by Anthony Lewis and held it up to the nods of audience members, many of them lawyers with the Sacramento public defender’s office. “This book served for me as inspiration to become a lawyer, and I’m sure many of you had a similar experience,” Dickinson said. It inspired Dur�n too. He’s been Sacramento public defender for nearly 10 years. Nowadays, though, he’s not so sure if the book is as popular among young lawyers. Even so, when he’s looking at potential PD candidates, he looks for the same qualities he had when he first read the book: idealism and a desire to help. “I was looking at: How can I have the greatest impact, not on me, but on society?” Dur�n said. “The thing that all public defenders exhibit is wanting to help. In many ways, we have a social worker’s heart.” — Jeff Chorney

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