Rosie rules

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Partly be­cause Wash­ing­ton is world head­quar­ters for the le­gal pro­fes­sion — and partly be­cause he de­liv­ers the best Christ­mas gifts to re­porters — Inside the Belt­way is please­doncea­gain­to­p­re­sen­tWash­ing­ton mal­prac­tice lawyer Jack H. Olen­der’s “Top Ten Le­gal Pre­dic­tions for 2007.”

Weshould­pointout­thatMr.Olen­der’s an­nual pre­dic­tions have a 90 per­cent suc­cess rate to date. So, with­out fur­ther ado:

1. Old Lawyers Never Die, They Just Lose Their Jobs: Large law firms are ter­mi­nat­ing lawyers at a de­fined age — 65, 68, 70, pick a num­ber. Manda­tory re­tire­ment is fairly new at law firms, as lawyers with “ex­pe­ri­ence” were once con­sid­ered a firm’s back­bone.

2. $200,000 Sign­ing Bonuses Aren’tJust­forAth­letes:The­cur­rent sign­ing bonus for for­mer Supreme Court­clerk­sjoin­ing­ma­jor­law­firms is $200,000.

3. More Long-dis­tance Med­i­cal Mal­prac­tice:GivenAmer­i­canssave as­muchas80per­centon­surgeryin for­eign coun­tries, look for more long-dis­tance med­i­cal-mal­prac­tice claims.

4.MoreMal­prac­tice­byGyne­col­o­gists Per­form­ing Cos­metic Surgery: Doc­tors in many spe­cial­ties are be­ing in­vited to take crash cour­ses to learn (or so they think) pro­ce­dures from an­other spe­cialty.

5. An­i­mal Law Grows: With a na­tion of an­i­mal lovers, it’s no sur­prise thatthenum­bero­fan­i­mal-law­prac­ti­tion­ers con­tin­ues to climb.

6. Lawyers Be­hav­ing Them­selves: State bars and courts have tough­ened dis­ci­pline, mak­ing lawyers toe the line.

7. Out­source All The Lawyers? Notquite,but­lawyer­sand­law­firms are out­sourc­ing a lot of their cler­i­cal, ac­count­ing and, yes, le­gal work to lawyers and firms in far-away places, such as In­dia.

8. “Deal or No Deal” Con­tin­gent Fees: The days when “silk-stock­ing lawyers” at “white shoe” law firms looked­down­their­col­lec­tivenosesat per­sonal in­jury and mal­prac­tice lawyers who han­dle cases on a con­tin­gent-fee ba­sis are long gone.

9. Blog­gers Beware: An $11 mil­lionFlori­da­juryaward­fora­woman who­claimed­she­was­de­fame­do­nan In­ter­net mes­sage board sends this mes­sage­toall­blog­gers:Watch­what you say on the In­ter­net, or risk a dam­agelaw­suit­for­li­beland­s­lan­der.

10. Em­ploy­ers and Pornog­ra­phy: Civil li­a­bil­ity for money dam­ages will be­come a fac­tor in get­ting em­ploy­ers to mon­i­tor com­puter use to pre­vent the trans­mis­sion of porn, for which em­ploy­ers can be held re­spon­si­ble.

Bonus Pre­dic­tion — “The Don­ald” Won’t Sue Rosie: Don­ald Trump’s threat­ened law­suit against Rosie O’Don­nell won’t hap­pen. Mr. Trump is too smart a busi­ness­man to file a friv­o­lous law­suit.

John McCaslin, whose col­umn is na­tion­ally syn­di­cated, can be reached at 202/636-3284 or jm­c­caslin@wash­ing­ton­

For­mer House Ma­jor­ity Leader Tom De­Lay mused on his blog over what Mary and Joseph might have done with the presents brought to Beth­le­hem by the three Magi.

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