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New England lawyers are griping on the Internet and declaring “Boston associates unite!” A new site, www.clubs.yahoo.com/clubs/bostongreedyassociates, posts a variety of messages from lawyers who are not happy with the compensation at their own firms. Biographic information on chat room participants is sketchy, presumably because whining about salary or working conditions publicly is not good for business — or job security. One participant calls himself “amateurbiotechie,” and he indicates his favorite quote is “Greed is good” — the notable movie line from “Wall Street.” Amateurbiotechie writes: “Alright Bostonians, are you going to stand for this latest round of pay-raises for our Silicon Valley colleagues: same work, better weather, and be left out? Where’s the greed?” Another unhappy camper who calls himself “greedyboston” agrees: “In Boston you will not find…better life style…fewer hours…fewer jerk partners…What you will find is LESS MONEY.” The writer suggests that at $50,000 below-market rate for first-year associates, there’s just no reason to come to Boston. “Come to Boston after you have made great money elsewhere and you would like to settle down and have babies in a nice school district.”

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