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Suddenly it seems rage is all the rage Road rage has jumped the sidewalk. As of last count, eight states had enacted specific road rage misdemeanors. In the last year alone, state courts filed three dozen road rage-related appellate opinions. So it’s not surprising that we’re now seeing the progeny of road rage, i.e., other categories of defendants who have little or no criminal past but were allegedly sent ’round the bend by something trivial. Examples: “Air rage,” at least the variety that occurs in airports, may be on the rise, according to the Charlotte Observer. The Communication Workers of America Local 3641, representing airport and reservation agents, said 49% of the agents saw or experienced “airport rage” during the past six months. Citing a recent incident in which a passenger went berserk, tipping over trash cans and bruising a gate agent’s ribs, the union wants it to be made a federal offense. “Trick-or-treat rage” is how Ann Arbor, Mich., police labeled a case in which a man started hurling pumpkins after his 5-year-old son told him an elderly woman had refused him candy. One pumpkin went through the woman’s window. Another hit her door and smashed a bird feeder. And, no, this isn’t the only example. There’s a man in Tamarac, Fla., charged with killing a neighbor by running over him with his Dodge Dakota vehicle. The triggering incident was trick-or-treaters, apparently unrelated to the neighbor, egging the defendant’s home. “Spam rage” is what prosecutors said took hold of a Sunnyvale, Calif., computer programmer who could go to prison for five years. “It just sort of escalated . . . .I sort of lost my cool,” the defendant admitted. He is charged with threatening to torture, castrate and kill-with an ice pick and power drills-the employees of a company he alleged flooded his computer with ads promising to enlarge his penis. Inside the box It may be time to redo that 1993 survey by the American Bar Association, the one that purports to show how clients and counsel find each other. The consensus was that four times out of five, work is acquired through word of mouth. In the measly 12% of the connections that come about through advertising, the survey found, it is almost always the yellow pages of telephone books that lures clients. Someone’s not buying it. The Television Bureau of Advertising reported last month that lawyers spent $311.3 million on TV ads in 2001, up from $177.2 million in 1999. Holiday Humor II So how’s your tolerance for holiday music that rhymes “Prancer and Dancer” with “revenue enhancer”? Five years after he debuted a CD called “The Lawyer’s Holiday Humor Album,” Chadbourne & Parke’s Lawrence Savell has come out with an update. He’s got more sophisticated backup of the synthesizer variety, but he’s kept that ching-ching-ching that may or may not be a length of sleigh bells. His lyrics continue to bemoan how tough it is to be a workaholic-Santa in a red pinstriped suit tells him that he left the office one night before 6 p.m. and so his bonus is going to somebody at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom-and his voice remains a likeable, light baritone that goes a tad flat only when he tries to get fancy on us. Savell, who defends products liability cases and styles himself a frustrated musician, said it all started with his entertaining friends and relatives. The firm has certainly been supportive: Clients have received the discs as holiday gifts. And he reports that his new sons, aged 1 and 2, show their approval by drifting right off to the tunes. Among the songs in the expanded CD is “Rainmaker Reindeer,” which Savell describes as an homage to the Beach Boys. “I know the same three chords as they do,” he said.

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