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LAWYERS SOUGHT TO MAKE ELECTION DAY GO SMOOTHER Wanted: a few good multilingual attorneys to save the presidential election from fraud or error. Several hundred Bay Area lawyers are already signed up to work phone banks and ensure this year’s presidential election goes off without a hitch. But coordinators of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law project say they need more attorneys who speak Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Russian or Tagalog. “When you are dealing with rules in a language that you are not familiar with, there are likely to be barriers,” said Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe partner Wondie Russell, one of several attorneys coordinating the project in San Francisco. Attorneys from Bingham McCutchen and Morrison & Foerster are also helping organize the effort. Lawyers and paralegals from a multitude of firms are donating five hours each to take calls from voters in 12 different states Nov. 1-2. Questions to volunteers could include: Where can I go to vote? What can I do if I’ve lost my ballot? and What is considered valid identification? In the event of larger problems — absent poll workers or undelivered ballots — attorneys might help to track down county or state officials. Attorneys in Washington, D.C., are already answering telephone calls about early voting. For information on volunteering, go to www.electionprotection2004.org/volunteer.htm. — Marie-Anne Hogarth CLOAK AND DAGGER Visits by any member of the Bush administration to the Bay Area are usually met with loud and angry protests. But U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft managed to slip in and out of the region virtually unnoticed for a recent press conference. Ashcroft, a frequent target of the liberal left’s wrath, was in San Jose in mid-October visiting the Tech Museum of Innovation to release the Department of Justice’s task force report on intellectual property. Officials selected the location because of the city’s proximity to Silicon Valley, where businesses are disproportionately affected by intellectual property theft. A large cadre of reporters showed up to hear Ashcroft talk about IP law — a topic usually reserved for court filings and law journals. Reporters briefly perked up when Ashcroft answered questions regarding the continued problem of pirated music and whether the USA Patriot Act could be used in conjunction with tougher IP laws. The conference also touched on such weighty matters as anti-piracy laws and patents — not the usual stuff that gets the news media excited. The press and museum faced a stiff security check. Two bomb-sniffing dogs scanned a small conference room where Ashcroft spoke and also sniffed TV reporters’ camera bags. Security officers were stationed throughout the room where Ashcroft spoke. Eventually, a crowd emerged outside. It was a group of schoolchildren assembling for a field trip — completely oblivious to Ashcroft’s appearance. — Justin M. Norton JENNIFER WATCH: WEEK 7 Even in a starring role, Jennifer Massey is understated. But her matter-of-fact demeanor seems to work. Picked by her teammates to lead them through their seventh assignment on “The Apprentice,” the Clifford Chance associate made a series of smart decisions. And because of them, she’s immune from getting fired on next week’s show. Massey’s first task was to trade three members of her team to the men’s side. One of her picks was Stacy R., known throughout “The Apprentice” for not being able to shut up. Trading her proved to be a brilliant decision. “I really want to make Jen regret her decision,” Stacy told the camera. Yeah, good luck on that, Stacy. Meanwhile, Raj, who was traded from the men’s team, expressed admiration for Massey. “Jennifer is analytical, calculating and beautiful,” Raj said. “It’s a very deadly combination in a woman.” All right, Raj, but try to stay focused. She is a competitor for the final prize. The two teams were then given their assignment: setting up a dog service for a day. The group that raked in the most money would be the winner. Massey had her group set up doggie baths in a park. But when they hadn’t drummed up much business, Raj argued that the team should set up a second site. “I can’t send you off on a wild goose chase,” Massey told Raj. But he finally persuaded her to send two teammates to another park where they offered dog massages. The group also offered a nail-clipping service. Massey cut nails while teammate Kevin held the yapping, squirming dogs. When all was said and done, Massey’s team pulled in the most profit: $307 compared with the other group’s $122. Donald Trump’s chief financial officer praised Massey’s team for being diversified in location and services. The losing team had stayed in one spot, in part because one of its members, Andy, had lost one of the team’s two cell phones. The cell phone problem didn’t faze Stacy. She wanted to add another service — dressing dogs in $30 outfits and taking their pictures. The group’s project manager, Wes, nixed that idea. Too bad. That would definitely have been some must-see TV. Wes brought Andy and Stacy (duh) into the boardroom with him to face Trump. While Trump criticized Wes and Andy for their mistakes, he axed Stacy. “You never take responsibility,” Trump told her. “You’re always complaining.” So, Stacy, you think Massey’s regretting her decision now? Fired this week: Stacy R. — Brenda Sandburg

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