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Sounds more like a copy-wrong to us First thought best thought, the gurus teach. The friendly people at Nixon Peabody forgot that wisdom and landed in bummerville when their unwittingly hilarious firm song hit the Internet. The firm produced an infectiously goofy quest for funk called “Everyone’s a Winner at Nixon Peabody” to commemorate its No. 47 ranking on Fortune‘s list of the best places to work last year. “We work to keep it cool. We work to keep it fun,” the lyrics go. “We’re not just talking. Naw, there’s no disputing, the folks at Fortune magazine agree.” The firm apparently shared the production in-house and � here’s a big surprise � some wag forwarded it to a blogger. Said blogger, David Lat, posted it on his Above the Law site and on YouTube. A fabled video version had yet to emerge publicly at NLJ press time. When the song got out, Nixon Peabody got exactly the sort of ribbing one would expect. The headline over the YouTube version gives a taste of the level of discourse: “Somebody Deserves to Be Shot Over This.” At first the firm replied that the song was done in celebration. and that “[f]un is not prohibited here.” The implication was, let’s just move along. If only it had just moved along. Instead, the firm proceeded to assert a copyright and demanded that Lat and YouTube take down the song. Lat claimed fair use, but YouTube acquiesced. At that point it became a story for the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal‘s law blog. Legions of additional blogs piled on. “Doesn’t sound like the reaction of a group of winners,” one anonymous blog poster noted. � Staff Reports Less voir, please Droopy drawers that bare skin or underwear might soon be forbidden in several cities, with violators forced to part with some cash. “I’m tired [of] looking at behinds,” Shreveport, La., Councilwoman Joyce Bowman said following a 4-3 vote to ban fanny-flaunting trousers. Nobody can be arrested for violating the ordinance, but violators could face fines or community service. At least eight cities in Louisiana have passed or are considering similar laws. In Atlanta, R.E. Williams, a veteran police officer, views saggy pants as a cry for help, because “the lower the pants are, the lower the self-esteem.” Critics envisioned the start of a “belt brigade” that could patrol the streets to urge kids to pull up their pants. “Are you going to have a ‘sagging’ court?” Michael Williams wondered during a hearing before the Shreveport city council. “The police have more important things to do than chase young boys and girls and say, ‘Pull your pants up.’ “ � Associated Press Hair dos and don’ts Wall Street law firms don’t usually make the style pages. But Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has become a fixture on at least a dozen hipster blogs in recent weeks. Sparks flew after a Glamour magazine beauty editor spoke at the firm’s women’s luncheon this summer. The editor’s edict that black lawyers avoid Afros and dreadlocks infuriated the firm’s African-American lawyers. Judging by the traffic on the blogs, that fury has spilled well beyond the halls of Cleary Gottlieb. “Whether you let your hair go natural or straighten is a very touchy subject,” said one black female partner at a New York firm. The fashion magazine repudiated the beauty advice, and many of the blog commentators thought the fashion community could learn some style points from big law firms. One noted: “I suspect that the Glamour editor had no freakin’ idea that law firms are far more accepting places these days than the mainstream fashion world.” Law firms cooler than the fashion world? Imagine that. � The American Lawyer

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