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As thousands of people descended on Seattle to protest a meeting of the World Trade Organization, unsuspecting lawyers found themselves in the thick of the tear gas and turtle power. For lawyers and staff trying to navigate around downtown during the late November meeting, it was easy to get caught up in the skirmishes. That’s what happened to Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe associate Benjamin Juergens who left the office around 7 p.m. one day to make the 20-minute walk to his home in the city’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. Juergens says his plan was not to get caught between the lines of cops and protesters that had been fighting in the downtown streets much of the day. But when the associate turned a wrong corner just blocks from his house, he got “a lung full of gas.” Juergens headed up another street as lines of police took over his neighborhood. He says he lingered at first out of curiosity, but minutes later “a kid” standing next to him was struck in the face by a rubber bullet that had ricocheted off a wall. “I went home,” Juergens says.

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