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Silicon valley powerhouse Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s slogan is “Not exactly what you’d expect from a law firm.” Alan Schroeder agrees. Schroeder, a pediatrician, e-mailed a sports page clipping to a tennis buddy who works at the firm. Wham! The e-mail shot back to him with a note saying, “Your message has been blocked by WSGR’s email manager.” What would you expect to get blocked by a law firm? “Teen sluts”? Nope. The offending words in Schroeder’s message were “how to win,” in a Serena Williams quote: “It’s just another fight I’m going to have to learn how to win.” Wilson Sonsini, based in Palo Alto, Calif., prides itself on being on the cutting edge of e-tech, so it may know something scary about winning that’s not apparent to the rest of us. We made a half-dozen calls there and have a promise someone will reply sometime. Schroeder said laughingly he’s not a potential client. He and his e-mail coterie agree they’d be leery about hiring lawyers who summarily reject anything regarding how to win-”especially since,” he adds, “a friend discovered that messages sail right through with the words ‘how to lose.’ “ In recent weeks, the talking heads have been speculating mightily about Supreme Court resignations. Chief Justice William Rehnquist has generated the most attention, with Sandra Day O’Connor second and John Paul Stevens a distant third. Some court-watchers have put their tea-leaf reading on the line with predictions for this term. In the yes column: Ralph Neas, president of the People for the American Way: “There will be some resignations.” William O’Rourke, Chicago Sun Times editorial writer: “O’Connor will use the [University of Michigan affirmative action] case as her swan song.” David N. Atkinson, University of Missouri-Kansas City law professor and author of Leaving the Bench: Supreme Court Justices at the End: “At least one retirement this spring.” Cindy Adams, New York Post columnist on Rehnquist and O’Connor: “Both resign next month,” in June. In the no column: I. Michael Greenberger, University of Maryland law professor and ex-Justice Department official: “I would say that probably no one is going to retire.” Artemus Ward, House Judiciary Committee staffer and author of Deciding to Leave: The Politics of Retirement From the U.S. Supreme Court: “It’s very possible that they won’t retire.” Pete Williams of Capital Report: “My guess is nobody’s going to retire this year.” Court cases that promise a fun read: Dead Kennedys v. Jello Biafra (Calif. 1st Ct. App.). In re The Matter of Jack Ass (Mont. 12th Jud. Dist.). Loggerhead Turtle and Green Turtle v. The County Council of Volusia (11th Cir.). Billy-Bob Teeth Inc. v. Novelty Inc. (7th Cir.). Polls since Sept. 11, 2001, show Americans are so worried about safety that there is little concern that the government is targeting Middle Eastern immigrants and holding detainees without counsel. The American Civil Liberties Union sees the picture from a different angle. Since terrorists struck in 2001, the group reports, its membership has swelled more than 30% to 400,000, the fastest growth in its 83-year history. “The more people find out about the policies of John Ashcroft, the more concerns people get,” said the head of the organization’s legislative office in Washington, Laura W. Murphy.

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