ATLANTA–Trips to a law library, Internet research and an attorney’sadvice do not a lawyer make. But they did allow a businessman to holdhis own against real lawyers.

Mark Rice of Cumming represented himself in a weeklong federal trialagainst Bondurant, Mixson Elmore, who represented his formeremployer, Avon Products Inc. Although Avon prevailed, the jury lastweek awarded a mere $1 in damages. Avon had sought more than $500,000 inattorneys’ fees. Avon Products Rice, No. 1:96cv1027CAM (N.D. Ga.Aug. 31, 1999).

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