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Take the Monet and run “Mr. Kozlowski didn’t just take the Monet and run?” -Cross-examination by James Devito, defending Tyco executive L. Dennis Kozlowski, on loans that were used to buy art. Legal job data from hither and yon This just in: 1. Percentage of those receiving law degrees in 2002 who are women: 48.3. 2. Current percentage of women lawyers in medium to large firms: 40. 3. Percentage of women lawyers in medium to large firms in 1975: 14. 4. Current percentage of population who are members of racial minorities: 30. 5. Percentage of law school graduates in 2002 who are members of racial minorities: 20. 6. Current percentage of partners in Washington’s largest law firms who are members of racial minorities: less than 5. 7. Percentage of law firm managers who say their greatest challenge is finding qualified people: 22. 8. Most successful way of finding a legal job: unsolicited mailing of resume (29.7%). 9. Least successful way of finding a legal job: job fairs (1%). 10. Proportion of associates who, after six years, are still with the firm they joined out of law school: 1 in 3. 11. Number of California judges named by ex-Governor Gray Davis: 360. 12. Proportion of Davis judicial appointments who are women or minorities: 1 in 3. Sources: 1-3 EEOC; 4-6 Legal Times; 7 The Affiliates; 8-10 NALP (National Association for Law Placement); 11, 12 San Francisco Chronicle. Quietly charitable This is the 15th year that a pro bono program of the firm Adams and Reese has helped local charities dish up Thanksgiving dinners. Amazingly, it’s done so quietly that the LexisNexis database turned up not a single newspaper story about it. (No, the firm didn’t contact us for this item.) This year’s turkey feast is planned for 250 people at Odyssey House, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center. A couple of dozen volunteers from the firm’s 107-lawyer New Orleans office are scheduled to do cooking, serving and cleaning up, said Linda Soileau, human resources manager for Adams and Reese. “We’ve got a separate corporate arm that writes checks for good causes-this program is about giving time, not money.” The founder and continuing force is partner Mark Surprenant. Presumably he’s an expert in candied yams with crushed pineapple and miniature marshmallows, since his practice is toxic tort defense. But he stresses the program is a year-round effort. “We do Easter baskets. We do bingo games at retirement homes, where just a little money buys refreshments and door prizes,” he said. “There’s a lot of interest in helping others during the holidays, but we want these groups to know this isn’t a one-time-a-year thing, that we’re available whenever they need us.” Sticky wicca Some things should go without saying-but maybe that’s what concurring opinions are for. “I do not think,” Justice William Bauer of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals began his concurrence in O’Bryan v. Bureau of Prisons, “any member of this panel endorses, even by implication, ‘casting of spells/curses’ in any setting.” The suit was brought by an inmate invoking the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Kerry Devin O’Bryan complains that the prison system won’t let him practice the polytheistic religion Wicca, specifically the part about casting spells. When the prison bureau argued it’s “self-evident” why you can’t have inmates casting spells on other inmates, Judge Michael Reagan of the Southern District of Illinois agreed. On Nov. 10, a 7th Circuit appellate panel reversed and remanded, saying it’s not at all clear what casting spells under Wicca entails.

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