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Commercial litigation attorney Christen Civiletto Carey, of Atlanta’s Kritzer & Levick, has authored a career guide for law students and young lawyers. The book, “Full Disclosure: The New Lawyer’s Must-Read Career Guide” (ALM Publishing, 2nd ed.: 2001), goes beyond publishing the usual roster of law firm addresses for mass mailings. Instead, it provides in-depth analysis of what career searches and law firm jobs entail. After interviewing lateral associates and law students as a young associate, the 32-year-old Carey says, she found that many applicants didn’t know what they faced at a law firm. “I was a little surprised by some of the questions people were asking and weren’t asking,” she says. After observing the success of lawyers who had adequate mentoring throughout their early careers, she says she decided to write the book to provide the guidance that so many lawyers lack. In addition to dispensing advice on resume and cover-letter writing, the career guide delineates what Carey calls the “harsh realities of private practice.” Sample time sheets and performance evaluation forms give readers an idea of what law firms expect. The book also includes chapters on law firm economics, how to manage “the summer courtship,” alternative working arrangements, and in-house positions. The appendices include a list of more than 475 law firm names and 450 corporate law departments complete with contact information for recruits. Carey, a 1993 graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School, was a litigation associate at Powell, Goldstein, Frazer & Murphy from 1993 to 1997. She joined Kritzer & Levick in 1997 and is of counsel there. ALM Publishing is a division of American Lawyer Media Inc., the parent company of the Daily Report. EMORY LAW PROFS DISCUSS LEGAL ASPECTS OF “WAR” The nation’s leaders are using the term “war” pretty freely in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. On Friday, professors at Emory University School of Law stepped back and examined some of the legal issues involved in responding to the attacks. Topics included the constitutional aspects of declaring war, the definition of an armed attack, and legal retaliation within the boundaries of diplomacy. “The war on terrorism is not a declared war,” noted Charles A. Shanor, a constitutional and military law professor at Emory. But the legal distinction may mean little, he acknowledged. Tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers died during the Korea and Vietnam conflicts, though neither involved a “declared” war. Shanor suggested the “war” might find information just as useful as bombs. For example, he called for creating a “Radio Free Afghanistan” and using other tools to educate Afghan civilians on staying safe during an armed conflict. International and constitutional law professor David J. Bederman said international law governs how the United States should respond to the attack. While the United Nations Charter gives nations the right to defend themselves against armed attacks, it’s open to interpretation how a nation can respond when attacks are carried out by individuals. There’s a good bit of “analytic confusion” on whether Afghanistan, which harbors Osama bin Laden, can be held responsible under international law for the acts of individuals, he said. Abdullahi An-Nai’im, professor of human rights and Islamic law, suggested the issue of international law might be moot. The United States has not respected international law in the past, An-Nai’im claimed. And that will make it difficult for the nation to cloak itself in the authority of international law now, he said. “You don’t feed your horse only when you need to ride it,” he says.

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