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Usually, young lawyers use the message board of the Internet site GreedyAssociates.comto send messages like this one, sent Sept. 10 by “curiousgeorge”: “Does anyone know what percentage of summers get offers at gray cary in palo alto and wilson in palo alto?” But on Wednesday morning, GreedyAssociates.com belied its moniker by becoming a place for lawyers from around the world to offer condolences, search for missing friends and vent their anger and sorrow. At 6:21 a.m. Wednesday, an Australian contributor wrote: “We have all witnessed this tragedy and outrage against humanity in horror and disbelief. You are in our thoughts and prayers. The consensus — at least in my circle — is that the U.S. has a mandate to respond with whatever force is necessary to exterminate these vermin. God bless.” And “britpack” chimed in: “Everyone in the UK offers their condolences. This is a tragedy that affects every free nation in the world, and we must unite against those responsible.” Others reached out over the Internet, when phones lines weren’t working, to find friends. “Does anyone have any info re [Sidley Austin] Brown & Wood,” inquired “nolo contendere” at 11:04 a.m. “I know their offices were in one of the towers and I had a friend over there.” Another nervous lawyer sent out this message at 11:21 a.m.: ” ‘Eyestrain,’ usually one of the more prominent posters on this board, is notably absent. Anybody know if he worked in NY?” Others were also searching for Eyestrain, as this message, posted Tuesday at 7:31 p.m., attests: “Eyestrain, ParkavenueJD and anyone else in NYC or the Pentagon — I hope that you guys are OK. My condolences to those of you who have been hurt.” Eyestrain finally turned up, OK, at 12:51 a.m. Wednesday. “Thank you for your concern,” he wrote. “I’m fine. Just haven’t had it in me to go on the Internet today. Like so many others I’m in a daze about all of this. Makes what we do day in day out seem very unimportant.” Other lawyers, who less than a year ago seemed mainly concerned with how much money they could make in a record economy, seemed to be rethinking things in light of the enormous tragedy. “I never wanted the big firm life, and I do not begrudge anybody who wants that life, but nobody deserves to die,” wrote “roveresq” at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday. “I feel for those of you out there who lived and worked with those fine attorneys who had their office in the WTC. I just can’t imagine sitting at your desk reading rogs, preparing for a dep or a trial, and then your life as you know it is over, or your life is suddenly taken from you.” “Icarus” wrote: “Suddenly … attorney layoffs don’t seem so disastrous.” Some lawyers just needed to vent with fellow lawyers, in disbelief, as the events unfolded before them. “This is a day that will live in infamy,” wrote a Minnesota lawyer at 4:11 p.m. Tuesday. “Excepting certain football games at the end of the NFL season, I never drink in the early afternoon, but after seeing that horrible footage — and since today’s classes … are canceled anyway — I had to pick up a six pack.” “Readytofly” mused about how he almost joined the law firm Sidley Austin Brown & Wood, located high up in the World Trade Center. “The people I met there were friendly, cordial, professional and I will never forget their faces, their warm handshakes, and how honored I was to be considered an attorney of their caliber.” One writer drew anger with his remarks, which were more reflective of the Web site’s origins. Under the subject line of “How dare those terrorists interfere with my money!!!!????,” “BigBroker6″ wrote: “Nothing comes between BigBroker and his money$$$, not even a few lousy cowardly terrorists. For their destruction of innocent human lives and interference with MYMONEY$$$, I propose we launch a Jihad on them!!! Crusades, Part Deux!!!” “If that’s a joke,” responded “Odjobb” a half-hour later, “it’s not funny. There’s a time and a place for flippant crap.”

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