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The birth of a sales force Their slogan is “Redefining Rainmaking.” Some actually have titles within law firms like sales director (although hedges like client development director are allowed), and, as of Aug. 8, they have their own professional organization. The Legal Sales and Service Organization (LSSO) was unveiled at the ABA’s convention in San Francisco. That’s where Catherine MacDonagh of Boston’s Ruberto, Israel & Weiner and Beth Cuzzone of Boston’s Goulston & Storrs, co-founders of LSSO along with Silvia Coulter of Minneapolis’ Dorsey & Whitney, gave a presentation called “Creating a Sales Culture in Your Law Firm.” Although MacDonagh and her confederates often also oversee marketing efforts within their firms, they are adamant when they say that marketing/public relations and sales/business development are two separate categories. “I see marketing as something that exists to support sales,” said MacDonagh. “They are completely different disciplines,” agrees Rob Randolph of Philadelphia’s Duane Morris, who, like MacDonagh, is the possessor of a law degree who chooses to work in sales. For the nonlawyer salesperson, there are some ethical concerns that must be taken into account. The ban on fee-splitting, for example, would seem to bar working on commission. But such esoterica just make that much more material for LSSO’s library, newsletter and planned first annual convention “Raindance 2004″ scheduled for next June. Be on the lookout The Utah American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) needs help tracking down a missing monument believed to be on government land, possibly in Logan, Brigham City, Hurricane, Midvale, Midway or Tremonton. In the 1950s and 1960s, the Fraternal Order of Eagles put up nine Ten Commandment monuments in Utah. Following wins on the issue of church-state separation in the 1970s, the ACLU has found eight of the nine and is moving them to private property. The last has proved elusive, so the ACLU’s Web site is asking: “Please go visit your local public parks and city buildings to see if the monument is there.” It’s reddish gray marble, in two tablet shapes, with rounded tops. Boozy burrito Thanks to August news doldrums, William Dolge’s boozy-burrito story hit newspapers from Alaska to Australia. Dolge is a Nebraskan accused of violating his work-release program by returning to jail from his job with alcohol on his breath. He said it was due to his eating burritos with beer-marinated meat. After seeing the recipe, a judge ruled on Aug. 6 that it was plausible. Let it never be said we can’t advance a story. Here, exclusively, is the recipe: Dolge’s lawyer, Russel L. Jones of North Platte, Neb., said: Start with the green chile instructions in Mexican Cooking for Dummies by Susan Feniger, but use a 3-pound roast. Cut it into 2-inch pieces, season with salt and pepper, dredge lightly with flour and brown in small batches in vegetable oil. Remove meat. Cook two yellow onions (chopped) in remaining fat till limp. Add three poblano chiles (chopped) and four jalapeno chiles (seeded and minced) and cook four minutes. Stir in three cloves garlic (minced). Cook two minutes. Add 1 1/2 pounds of tomatillos (roasted, peeled and chopped), two dried oregano, one ground cumin and a bunch of chopped cilantro. Cook the meat separately in stock till tender, then dry it and marinade it in one bottle of Irish Red beer, 1 1/2 cups of Cuervo Gold Tequila and three-quarters of a bottle of Samuel Adams dark ale. Drain, combine meat with sauce and tuck into flour tortillas with shredded cheese. Serve with humility. Jones said his client didn’t get away with anything. The judge couldn’t reinstate Dolge’s program, and the sheriff chose not to.

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