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TURNING THE TABLES Mark Golman, the lateral hiring partner at Dallas-based Strasburger & Price, is prospecting for lawyers at a decidedly 21st-century location — in the Greedy Texas Associates chat room. www.infirmation.com is where associates can gossip about their Texas firms and trade information about salaries. Under the screen name StrasburgerLateral, Golman posted a message on announcing he would discuss the firm’s compensation policy with any applicant qualified for a job at the firm. He asked interested lawyers to fax him their r�sum�s. Golman says his unorthodox posting has worked — within just two days he received three or four inquiries about jobs and several unsolicited r�sum�s. While Golman’s foray onto the Internet may be working to ferret out associates interested in Strasburger, he says he’s not giving up on headhunters the firm uses regularly. So what’s the reaction on the chat room to the posting from StrasburgerLateral? Some of the Greedy posters don’t believe it’s really Golman asking for r�sum�s. But, in true Greedy style, others are applauding Golman’s move. After all, as one poster writes, “If any firm wants to save money by circumventing the headhunter process and soliciting r�sum�s here, I’m all for it. Maybe some of that saved money could go to a signing bonus for the lateral.” From the Texas Lawyer GIMME AN ALITO TO GO Federal appeals judge Samuel Alito Jr. is getting the celebrity treatment in Newark, N.J., and it’s not because Newsweek said last month that he is on George W. Bush’s list of potential Supreme Court nominees. It’s the designer coffee. T.M. Ward Coffee Co., a 131-year-old mecca for the caffeine-challenged near Alito’s chambers, says it’s doing a brisk business in a new brand: “Judge Alito’s Bold Justice Blend.” Ward saleswoman Vera Barbosa says Alito’s clerks, who drop in every morning to buy coffee, spent weeks experimenting with various blends and came up with a mixture the judge loved: New Guinea, Java, Celebes and espresso beans. The blend was so good, the store put Alito’s name on signs over the barrel and the thermos dispensing the concoction. But does the word “bold” in the brand refer to the judge or the coffee? “Both,” says Alito’s law clerk, Clark Lombardi. From the New Jersey Law Journal ARTFUL DODGER Kenneth A. Walton, 33, wanted to open a law office to serve Sacramento, Calif., entrepreneurs and needed a little something to weather the slow times. So the author of a law review article titled “Is a Website Like a Flea Market Stall?” began auctioning garage-sale paintings on eBay. He offered one for just 25 cents, but a Dutch collector bid $135,085, betting that the work — supposedly hated by Walton’s wife, and with a hole his kid had made with his Big Wheel handlebars — was a stray masterpiece by painter Richard Diebenkorn. The auction hasn’t helped Walton’s image. eBay suspended him for a month for bidding $4,500 himself on the painting under a different handle (innocently, for a friend without e-mail, he claims). He also invented the wife (it was his girlfriend who hated it) and borrowed the Big Wheel from a “Brady Bunch” episode (his knee did the damage). Walton says that the buyer is still willing to pay should an appraiser find the art genuine. “That’s a good down payment on a house,” he says. Or enough to work on the occasional art law case. From the National Law Journal DUDE, LIKE NEW YORK IS SO BOGUS If the managing partner of the leading law firm in the technology space says something is “bogus,” it must be true. So that means New York’s longtime dominance as the pinnacle of the legal profession is just plain “bogus.” That’s what Alan Austin, managing partner of Palo Alto, Calif. firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, had to say in the ABA Journal. “The old, established New York firms have good training and they instill good habits, but the idea that it is the only way to go is bogus. Of course, it’s always been bogus.” And that’s, like, totally. Looks like the ABA has discovered Silicon Valley. According to the article, the West Coast is the place to be. After all, where else can a first-year associate dispense business advice to fast-moving, hard-driving, world-changing chief executives (who could easily have been undergrad classmates)? Where else can a first-year take the lead in an IPO? In comparison, New York firms keep their first-years in the back rooms — supposedly for learning and stuff. But despite all it has going for them, West Coast firms still are not a foregone conclusion for law school grads, the article goes on to say. New York still seems to carry its special brand of magic. After all, as one student quoted in the story puts it, if you can make it there, you’ll make it anywhere. For sure. From The Recorder

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