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More perils of amateur video Set to the theme music from Rocky, a Jenkens & Gilchrist (J&G) promotional video depicts a virtual pep rally. Lawyers in suits huddle before tearing through a paper banner, Super Bowl-style. The firm’s support staff-mostly women in T-shirts-hand off water bottles and coffee mugs to the maniacs running and high-fiving down the hall. Finally, the coach (played by J&G shareholder J. Rowland Cook) whistles and drawls to the camera, “Would you believe it? We get fired up every mornin’ for our clients, just like this!’ Intended to promote the Austin office in a contest for the “most spirited company” in central Texas, the video sent a different message once it made it onto the Internet. “Basically, J&G is alienating a lot of women with an ad that says, ‘Come to J&G. It’s like a male-dominated football locker room,’ ” said Scott Moss, an assistant professor at Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee, who helped disseminate the video online. No one at the firm thought they’d be accused of being too manly: J&G says its roster of female associates in 2004 was 43.7% and its 2004 summer associate class was 53% female. “We never dreamed anyone would see it as anything but fun,” said administrator Peggy Shaw, who worked on the video. But the vicissitudes of the Web turned the video into a swinging pi�ata. After viewers got over the initial shock (“Oh, my god . . . I’m still not sure if it’s a joke!”), the online commentary became more biting. “This is like a car wreck I can’t stay away from,” wrote Moss in one of many online discussions.-The American Lawyer Apart from that . . . Forget the stoner judge and the fact that Warren Summerlin’s first defense lawyer hooked up with the prosecutor. It was Summerlin’s incredibly bad trial lawyer who gave the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reason to jettison Summerlin’s death sentence. By not inquiring into Summerlin’s history of mental illness-and by failing to point out that his client was illiterate, functionally retarded and a diagnosed schizophrenic-Arizona defense lawyer George Klink “utterly failed in his duty to investigate and develop potential mitigating evidence for presentation at the penalty phase,” Judge Sidney Thomas wrote for a 10-1 en banc panel. The ruling sent the case back to an Arizona trial court, where a jury may be convened to resentence Summerlin. Even before his trial in a 1982 rape and murder, Summerlin’s defense lawyer and the state prosecutor abandoned the case after they had a one-night stand. And years after Summerlin’s conviction and sentencing by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Philip Marquardt, the judge was arrested in Texas on marijuana charges. He was forced from the bench in 1991 following his conviction on another pot charge. “This is a case where if you wrote it as a movie, people would say it’s unbelievable because it couldn’t happen this way,” said Kenneth Murray, the assistant Arizona federal defender now representing Summerlin. -The Recorder Witch waiting The attorney for a Wiccan who successfully sued the town of Great Falls, S.C., to remove the name of Jesus Christ from premeeting prayers has had a hard time collecting. A federal judge ordered the town to pay $53,000 for legal bills Darla Wynne incurred during her four-year fight. But officials have taken no action to pay the bill. “You would think they would drop it and move on,” said Herbert Buhl, Wynne’s attorney, who is threatening to sic federal marshals on the town. University of South Carolina School of Law Professor Andrew Siegel doubts a judge would go that far. “What would the court say: ‘Go and collect the sheriff’s car?’ ” he said. -Associated Press

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