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Who gave what to whom? Curious or snoopy? We’ll avoid labeling you inquiring minds who want to know the political leanings of specific big-name lawyers. But a nonprofit group from New York, Eyebeam, has the Web site for you. The group, which describes itself as “specializing in new media,” produces www.fundrace.org. The raw material comes from the Federal Election Commission, which makes available to databases the information turned in by candidates. By law they must report contributions of $200 or more. If you open the Web site, on one side is a category labeled celebrity. Type in whomever, hit search, and up comes how much this person gave to whom, plus the giver’s occupation and address. (Unfortunately no dates.) Here are some examples: Larry W. Sonsini, one of the biggest names from Silicon Valley, is down for giving $2,000 to the Bush campaign, as is Griffin Bell, attorney general in the Carter administration. Morrison & Foerster senior counsel James Brosnahan? A Howard Dean supporter. Entertainment guru Bert Fields? A Wesley Clark man. Type in Johnnie L. Cochran of O.J. Simpson fame and back come equal donations to Al Sharpton and John Edwards. Also backing Edwards is Roy Black, who’s representing Rush Limbaugh these days. Thomas Hale Boggs Jr., chairman of Washington-based Patton Boggs, is well divided, with donations listed for Howard Dean, John Kerry, Dick Gephardt and Joe Lieberman. Spring poetry The Charlotte Observer celebrated April Fools’ Day with a limerick contest-submissions to cover politics and public policy (and inevitably law), with haiku and other high-flown formats forbidden. The winning entry zapped Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. It came in from Queens University English Professor Emily Seelbinder, whose other specialty is 19th century American literature: Twixt justice and ducks are no links/And them that might think so are finks/Or so the judge rages/For twenty-one pages/Doth he protest too much? Methinks! The newspaper awarded an honorable mention to Bob Aldrich, a local resident whose muse was inspired-or at least tickled-by the possibility of linking air quality and obesity: By banning outdoor barbeque/And closing the fast food drive-through/The pollution watchdog/Will reduce weight AND smog/It’s a government health care breakthrough. Winfrey warning “And anything you say to Oprah can be held against you.” It’s a warning that Reid Scott Neuman missed, and now he’s a former lawyer, having been disbarred in mid-March by the Illinois Supreme Court. The court followed the recommendation of the state’s Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Committee. At a hearing in December, ARDC counsel Sari Weissman Montgomery introduced into evidence the transcripts of two segments of The Oprah Winfrey Show to illustrate her argument about motive, namely that the 52-year-old Neuman loved the good life enough to bilk his clients. The segments, which were broadcast in 1998, showed Neuman’s home and three cars while detailing expenditures by him and his wife. On the show financial advisors discussed how the couple could spend nearly $3,000 a month less. In re Neuman, No. MR 19255, agreed with the disciplinary panel that the lawyer had shown a 6-year pattern of misconduct that included failure to return unearned fees. The 12 clients affected had hired Neuman to handle divorce proceedings, estate administration and personal injury claims.

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