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Some epithets just stick: Tricky Dick, Slick Willie, Greedy Associates. The site http://www.greedyassociates.com/, of course, is where young lawyers go to gripe about starting salaries, bonuses, and sweatshop-like working conditions. Finally, there’s an antidote to the greed-is-good message: http://www.generousassociates.com/, a site created to raise money for the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia. The privately financed society helps poor people with family law, housing, and public benefits. (The Public Defender Service handles criminal cases.) “Our lawyers are earning something in the $30,000 range and are seeing their peers earn $125,000,” says Joseph Zengerle, executive director. Every June, Legal Aid appeals to associates for help in covering its budget. This year, the society decided to try something different. With John McCain’s campaign contribution site as a model, the society created a site to accept credit-card donations. The only thing missing was a name. “I literally woke up one night and had one thought: generousassociates.com,” says Marty Mazzone, a cochair of the fund-raising committee and a fifth-year in the D.C. office of Latham & Watkins. Her cochairs were thrilled. “Inspiration,” says Kathleen Hudson, a third-year at D.C.-based Shaw Pittman. Adds Charles Cowan, a fifth-year at D.C.’s Baach Robinson & Lewis, “It sends the right message.” An effective one, too. As of July 24, the drive had raised more than $165,000, smashing through last year’s total of $125,000. The site appeals to young lawyers’ competitive streak as well as their charitable side. It lists the five most generous small, midsize, and large D.C. offices. They are, respectively, the D.C. office of New York’s Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy; Miller & Chevalier; and the local office of Latham. “Attorneys are competitive,” says Hudson. The greedy and the generous are coexisting peacefully on the Web. The wicked wits behind Greedy Associates even placed a banner ad on their site to promote the Legal Aid charity effort.

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