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Clifford Chance may have found a way to grow partner payments: promote fewer partners. This year, the world’s largest firm elevated just 18 persons to equity status. Last year, it lifted 31 … The blogs have been buzzing on word that two reporters were ordered Wednesday to erase their tape recordings of a speech by Antonin Scalia. A deputy federal marshal made the command, apparently based on the justice’s request that his speech at a Mississippi high school not be recorded. The incident had UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh questioning possible Fourth Amendment violations, while another commentator chewed on the irony of Scalia’s complaint that “People just don’t revere [the Constitution] like they used to” … A Nascar sponsorship is helping one Maryland firm reach out to potential clients. Jenkins, Jenkins and Jenkins has put its name on cars in the Nextel Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck series. Frank Jenkins declares the strategy a success, observing, “Any time you are involved in a legal situation it’s pretty unsettling. People want a friend there. They see we are involved in stock car racing as a sponsor and feel we have something in common” … Personal injury firms are paying top dollar to keep their names high in Web search results. The search term that draws the highest bidders: mesothelioma. Some firms have paid more than $90 a click to direct mesothelioma searchers to their sites … Stories of legal typos prompted Los Angeles attorney Lane Quigley to recall this memorable goof: In the 1970s, the newly minted lawyer dictated a declaration including the word “penalty.” But that’s not what the typist heard. The document emerged from the steno pool with this assurance: “I declare under plenty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct.” – Lori Patel

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