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FLU HITS HASTINGS HARD. NOT THE ILLNESS. THE VACCINE Hastings College of the Law found itself scrambling Wednesday after being commended during a news conference by Mayor Gavin Newsom for agreeing to return 250 doses of flu vaccine in a show of solidarity during the current national shortage. The only problem was Hastings wasn’t sure it could return those doses. “The situation is still fluid, and we’ve not determined exactly how we are going to go about determining what we are going to do about this,” said Hastings spokesman Fran Marsh, upon learning of the situation. “The intent is there on our side, but it’s just that the media jumped the gun a little bit.” Though Marsh could not say how many of the school’s 300 doses it would end up returning, by Thursday afternoon she knew 40 of the doses originally reserved for faculty would be returned. As of press time, Hastings was planning to send out e-mails to all 1,200 of its students appealing to their civic-minded spirit. “We are contacting them with the medical information of whether you need a shot,” said Marsh. “We are apprising them of the situation and asking them to make a decision.” Nor was it clear how the mix-up occurred. “Our name was evidently on some list of those who were considering donating shots,” Marsh initially said. But then she explained that, “We ended up on the list because we had contacted the public health people with the thought that we might do it.” Eileen Shields, the San Francisco Department of Public Health’s public information officer, said workers there called health providers — among them Maxim Healthcare Services, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Costco, Kaiser and Sutter/Visiting Nurses Association — asking them to reserve the vaccine for high-risk patients. She said Hastings actually called of its own initiative with an offer that went a step further. She said the school said it planned to return its doses of the vaccine to the health department. “I thought it was significant that it was a law school,” Shields said. She explained that things moved quickly after Chiron Corp.’s announcement that it had temporarily lost the license to manufacture the Fluvirin influenza vaccine. “The story got ahead of them, but they are doing the right thing,” Shields added. Marsh said she’s confident that the students will step forward. “It’s like we went fishing and caught a whale,” she said. — Marie-Anne Hogarth TITILLATING ACCUSATIONS Hourly billings don’t always refer to boring meetings in a law office. Stanford Law School is abuzz with the recent revelation that one of the prestigious school’s 2001 graduates financed her costly education by working as a call girl. According to recent reports in two Bay Area newspapers, Cristina Leeann Schultz — who used the name Brazil — allegedly paid off more than $300,000 in student loans by working as a high-priced call girl. The government seized $61,000 in cash from Schultz’s Oakland apartment in January, alleging the money is “ill-gotten gains” from an interstate prostitution service, according to news stories that have appeared in the Oakland Tribune and San Jose Mercury News. The stories cite a federal asset forfeiture complaint. Needless to say, this isn’t the type of alumni news that normally appears in the school magazine or alumni reports. Schultz, 31, has been featured on a Web site that describes her as “a Portuguese-speaking entertainer and physical model.” But the site admonishes, “Escort services advertised on this Web site are for companionship and dating only.” Schultz has not been charged with any crimes, according to the news stories. Many students interviewed by Stanford’s student newspaper said that law school is so expensive that students have to find a way to pay the bills or risk being in debt for years. Those complaints, however, probably won’t lead to a cut in tuition. — Justin M. Norton IF ONLY THE ELECTION WAS LATER Consumer attorneys are starting to pony up to defeat Prop 64. It was only a couple of weeks ago that opponents of Prop 64, which seeks to limit private claims under � 17200 of the Business & Professions Code, formed an official campaign committee. A scant $84,000 started the ball rolling. But since the beginning of the new filing period on Oct. 1, more than $350,000 in contributions has poured in, most of it from top plaintiff firms and their trade associations. Top-dollar contributors for the new filing period so far include Engstrom, Lipscomb & Lack of Los Angeles; Cotchett, Pitre, Simon & McCarthy of Burlingame; Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein of San Francisco; and the California Applicants’ Attorneys Association Workers’ Comp Issues PAC, each of which contributed $50,000. Current Consumer Attorneys of California President James Sturdevant contributed $15,000 and incoming President Sharon Arkin contributed $5,000. Prop 64′s opponents, which include environmental and public interest leaders, have vowed to spend whatever it takes to defeat the measure, but they’ll have a long way to go to catch up with supporters, who have raised about $11.5 million, including $496,000 donated since the first of October. Top supporting donors to date for the new filing period include Pfizer Inc., which donated $200,000; Johnson & Johnson, which contributed $125,000; and Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which contributed $50,000. — Jill Duman JENNIFER WATCH: WEEK 5 Nobody hates Jennifer Massey. While her teammates have bitterly criticized each other, they haven’t said one harsh word against Jennifer M. And in the fifth episode of “The Apprentice,” they praised her poise in front of the camera. Each week Donald Trump assigns two teams — which are now divided entirely by gender — a business task. In the latest installment Trump sent them to QVC, the TV home shopping company, where they chose one product, priced it, and then went on television live for 12 minutes to encourage viewers to call in and buy it. The team with the highest gross sales won the challenge. Massey and fellow contestant Maria were chosen to go on air to hawk “It Works! Cleaning Blocks,” which dissolve hard-to-erase marks. During a rehearsal, teammates berated Maria for her mannerisms — flailing her arms and blinking her eyes — but admired Massey’s low-key style. “Jen was awesome,” one teammate said. With Massey as the lead pitch person, the women’s team sold 659 units while the men got only 252 orders for their product, a DeLonghi panini grill. But the higher price of the grill made up for the lower number of sales, and the men won by $10.43. Pamela, whom Trump had moved from the men’s team to lead the women out of their losing streak, went into the boardroom with Maria and Stacy R. With her abrasive, condescending attitude, Pamela — the founder of S.F. investment firm Crimson Holdings — had alienated her teammates. She criticized Maria’s communication style and expressed sharp dislike for the talkative Stacy R., a corporate lawyer in New York, but Trump held Pamela responsible for the team’s loss. “I think you’re really smart and intelligent,” Trump told her. But, he said, “You don’t have a good assessment of people. Pamela, you’re fired.” Fired this week: Pamela. — Brenda Sandburg

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