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An IRS rule that nobody can deny Karen Loverud, associate chief counsel in the government entities section of the Internal Revenue Service, is getting more than her share of teasing over July’s Revenue Ruling 2003-72. The IRS names Loverud as “principal author”-does that mean a full staff worked on this rule?-of a “uniform method” for determining children’s ages. A child’s age increases, the IRS announced, on the child’s birthday. Lewis & Clark Law School Professor Jack Bogdanski, author of the 1996 treatise Federal Tax Valuation, suggests that we thank Loverud for clearing up this issue. “The IRS’ next project,” he sniped, “will be a five-year study to come up with a method of determining when the calendar year begins.” Web sighting Colorado state court administrators have decided the most cost-efficient way to handle the Kobe Bryant case is to launch a separate Bryant page on its official Web site: www.courts.state.co.us. The page debuted on July 30, and it’s nothing if not decorous. The illustration is a rose onyx column from the state Supreme Court. The first 500 or so words discuss budget woes: The courts had $10.3 million cut from their budget and that translates into the loss of 290 jobs-a 13% staff reduction at a time when caseloads are up 7%. About the point where you wonder what this has to do with a National Basketball Association star who’s accused of rape, the page begs the media circus to keep inquiries to a minimum so the court can limp through its routine work. There’s a chronology of “scheduling/documents.” There are judges’ bios. There’s an anguished spokesperson’s letter to the “press core” about perhaps using a lottery to assign courtroom seats. But there’s nothing-like, say, a list of participating lawyers and their phone numbers-that’ll head off a call from a reporter desperate for a live quote. Hot on the heels of those disastrous law firm e-mails that earned a couple of summer associates Internet immortality, we received an example for the younger set. Career building A law student in Northwestern University’s Class of 2004 wrote a follow-up letter last September to litigator David B. Sudzus thanking him for a second interview at the Chicago office of New York-based Kelley Drye & Warren. Everyone at the firm was “great,” the young applicant wrote, and “The vibe I got was: ‘We do our work but we’re not dicks about it.’ “ Further, “that night when I read about the two rabid White Sox fans who beat up the Royal’s first base coach, you immediately came to mind.” Sudzus confirms he forwarded the letter to his partners with the observation, “Although I occasionally enjoy being compared to shirtless, tattooed thugs,” he didn’t think the young man was Kelley Drye material. But he insists he wasn’t the one who sent the package outside-and into Internet lore. “He seemed to be a sharp kid,” said Sudzus, “and the last time I talked to the recruiting person at Northwestern, he still didn’t have any place lined up for this summer.” Chicken salad It may have been a chicken feces case, but Ken McKinney of Tulsa, Okla.-based McKinney & Stringer said that a dozen lawyers at his firm prepared 111 depositions and 1,150 exhibits and filed 564 pleadings on the city’s behalf. So when the city of Tulsa reached a $7.5 million settlement with six poultry producers accused of befouling its drinking water, McKinney said it was only fair that his firm got $7.3 million. “The suit was never about money,” he explained. “It was about cleaning up the watershed.”

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