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Clifford Chance is granting newly qualified hires an across-the-board raise — to exactly what they used to earn before the firm trimmed salaries last year. The new (old) rate is �50,000, roughly $88,000 … If his brother’s killer had received more than 22 years in prison, Reginald Rush might not be facing six months in jail. Instead, Rush was convicted of contempt of court this week for racing through a Cook County courtroom to take a swipe at Elvis Buford. Buford had just begun to apologize for sledgehammering Rush’s brother, chopping him up and scattering parts as he drove from Chicago to Memphis … Summertime could bring a dollar drought to schools in Kansas, after a state district judge ordered a June 30 halt to state school spending. State officials say they’ll appeal the order from Shawnee County State District Court Judge Terry Bullock, who has long complained that the state unconstitutionally underfunds minority students … “They want to dance on Bourbon Street where their fathers danced,” said defense attorney Dylan Utley, arguing that the young children of Dione Smith were simply carrying on a New Orleans tradition by tap dancing on the sidewalk for money. Criminal Court Judge Raymond Bigelow saw it otherwise. He convicted Smith of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile, sentenced her to probation and banned the whole family from entering the French Quarter for one year … The blue plate special is litigation for a Nebraska county that intends to lawyer up to fight a lunch tab. As noted on How Appealing, a register of deeds is suing Saunders County for $4.80 that the cash-strapped County Board has refused to reimburse. Board Chairman Ken Kuncl expects to spend “at least a couple thousand” fighting the suit. – Lori Patel

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