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Lawyers hoping for their 15 minutes of fame need no longer content themselves with daydreams of Court TV. The new batch of reality shows seems as eager to recruit young associates as law firms. Last week, 28-year-old Curtis Kin, an associate on leave from Cravath, Swaine & Moore, made his debut on CBS’s latest voyeuristic offering “Big Brother.” Kin follows in the footsteps of 27-year-old Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison attorney Stacey Stillman, who made a short-lived leap to the small screen earlier this year on CBS’s “Survivor.” The other castaways voted her off the island on the show’s third episode. “Big Brother” premiered Wednesday night and will run five nights a week until Sept. 30. For the show, CBS gathered 10 strangers, put them in an 1,800-square-foot house built on a studio in California, and turned on 68 cameras, which will record everything said and done inside. Every week, the house will nominate two people to be ejected; the viewing audience will then choose who leaves the show. The last person remaining wins $500,000. Kin was one of 1,000 hopefuls who auditioned for “Big Brother” by sending a video to CBS. Last week, he learned he was accepted and entered the house at 10 p.m. on July 4. Until he leaves the show, Kin can have no contact with the outside world. A 1996 graduate of Stanford Law School, Kin clerked for a federal district court judge for one year before joining Cravath in October 1997. He spent two years there as a litigation associate before taking a leave of absence last October to clerk for Judge Sonia Sotomayor of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Kin said on the show Wednesday that he will join the U.S. Attorney’s Office in California after he leaves the house. While at Cravath, Kin was known for his diverse interests. He sang in the Metropolitan Chorale while at the law firm and always expressed a “serious interest in acting,” according to associate and friend David Stuart. Kin and Stuart worked closely at the firm and handled two pro bono cases together. “He is one of the wittiest, most affable people I’ve ever met,” said Stuart. Witty and affable might come in useful if Kin is going to save himself from the ax that befell Stillman on “Survivor.” But whether he can charm his new colleagues as readily as the law firm types remains in question. Housemates include a “Baywatch” television show extra, a 22-year-old pharmaceutical saleswoman with a taste for clubbing and an exotic dancer.

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