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Please, America, send us lawyers With billions of dollars in restoration contracts up for grabs, Fortune reports that every door on K Street is boasting a new “Iraqi practice.” So we decided to check the Web sites of Washington’s largest law firms. Sure enough, new Iraq connections abound. A few examples: Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld announced in August that a four-star general, Anthony C. Zitti, joined the firm as a senior international advisor. His curriculum vitae is bereft of any law schools but it says he did a tour of duty in Iraq. Arent Fox Kintner Plotkin & Kahn issued a Sept. 24 “alert” to clients entitled “Rebuilding Iraq: Billions in Contracting Opportunities for Well-Prepared Companies That Can Manage Risks.” This was a follow-up to an earlier seminar the firm offered, “Iraq Reconstruction: Practical and Legal Considerations for Companies seeking USAID-Funded Subcontracts.” Covington & Burling is more subtle. The second paragraph of the 80-year-old firm’s biography says, “Clients have sought our advice about compliance with economic sanctions against Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan and Cuba.” Under “Pro Bono Activities,” the firm notes it assisted a London-based charity that exports medical equipment and supplies to children’s hospitals and clinics in Iraq. Holland & Knight has opened a mini news service, with “White Paper” bulletins for clients on such subjects as President Bush’s issuing of an executive order protecting Iraqi oil proceeds. Patton Boggs opened an office in Qatar, saying, “The firm is very active on behalf of a number of multinational clients in reconstruction and development projects within the emerging economy in post-war Iraq.” Short concert Litigious Chicago rock fans are at it again. Last month, defense attorneys for the band Creed cited the blackletter law “You can’t bring a lawsuit against a band for sucking.” Judge Peter Flynn agreed. The judge said the precedent was an unsuccessful suit against the Cubs. As long as the team-or band-takes the field, ticket-buyers can’t get a refund for a poor performance. But what if the issue isn’t quality, but quantity, asks lawyer Michael J. Young. He filed a proposed class action in Cook County, Ill., Superior Court on Oct. 8, with 172 named plaintiffs who say they were ripped off because they bought $75 tickets to what was advertised as three full sets by the groups Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park and Metallica. But, the breach-of-contract suit continues, Limp Bizkit left the stage after only 17 minutes. (Also named is the rap/rock group’s corporate arm, Limp Bizness.) Young is apparently unaffiliated with the attorney who sued Creed, Daniel Voelke. Rolling judges The judges of the Anne Arundel County, Md., circuit courthouse chose the county bar’s October crab feast to go public with their new hobby. They’ve formed a motorcycle club. The scene caught sheriff’s deputies, lawyers and court employees off guard, a newspaper reported. “A few did double takes as the judges kicked up their kickstands, revved their engines, donned helmets and started off.” Judge Paul A. Hackner, who’s had his license since he was a teenager, said, “It’s just about rekindling a little youth and nonsense.” Similar enthusiasm comes from the dean of the group, Michael E. Loney, 64, who took up with the hawgs two years ago and rides a Harley Davidson Electraglide with a stereo. Judges Joseph P. Manck and David S. Bruce, together with a master who handles juvenile and family matters, Charles J. Muskin, complete the group. The group has no name yet, at least not formally. But we hear everyone has started calling them “The Rolling Judges.”

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