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Business has been going gangbusters for the nation’s law firms, and so is the demand for summer associates. The trouble for firms is that the law school graduation rate has remained more or less constant. And ominously, law school applications actually declined by approximately 7% last fall, according to the Law School Admission Council. The rise in demand, and smaller pool of choices, sometimes leads firms to pursue desperate tactics in wooing summer associates. Kara Ward, a second-year from George Washington University Law School, was interviewing with a firm in Boston last fall and accidentally dropped a competing firm’s business card in front of a recruiter. The recruiter advised her not to go there because it was ” ‘the kind of firm that tucks their undershirts into their underpants. You know, those kind of guys.’ “ Ward ended up not going to that recruiter’s firm, but she said, “I’m still looking for the attorneys who tuck their undershirts into their underpants.” �Legal Times The law’s an ass Faced with complaints that his donkey was too loud, Dallas commercial litigator Gregory Shamoun decided to bring his case directly to the court. He had the donkey testify. Buddy the donkey walked to the bench in the Dallas Justice of the Peace Court and stared at the jury, the picture of a gentle, well-mannered creature and not the loud, aggressive animal he had been accused of being. Shamoun was in a dispute with his neighbor, oilman John Cantrell, who had complained to the city about a shed Shamoun was building in his backyard. Cantrell said Shamoun retaliated by bringing the donkey from his ranch and putting him in the backyard. Cantrell complained of noise and manure piles. “They bray a lot any time day or night. You never know when they’re going to cut loose,” he testified. Shamoun said Buddy is a family pet. “He’s housebroken. He’ll eat breakfast at the table. He’ll watch TV with you.” Despite the donkey’s appearance, neither jurors nor Buddy had the last say � the neighbors settled their dispute while jurors deliberated. �Staff and wire reports

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