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Page 8B--Friday, September 8, 1978-The Michigan Daily

mind the squadrons of discreet and ef-
ficieit secretaries, the lavish lunches,
and the stratospheric salaries. Wall
Street lawyers have paid for all these:
pleasures and more with work and'
worry that seem to consume their every;
working hour.
And never have attorneys working
for industry had to work harder than,
they have in the biggest case ever tried
in U.S. history: the International
Business Machines Corp. (IBM) anti-
trust saga."
FILED JAN. 17, 1969, the federal suit
wound through volumes of pre-trial
wrangling even before it reached trial
in 1975. It goes back into court next
week, after the judge's vacation. With
the defense having barely begun its
presentation, anticipated appeals are
expected to last until the middle of the
next decade.
Furthermore, the federal suit has
sparked a string of so far unsuccessful
suits by private companies like

, ulcers for

IBM lawyers

Memorex and Telex.
The IBM case means working from
dawn until late at night, often buried in,
and by, boring detail. It means six- and
seven-day weeks. unhappy wives and
disconsolate children. It means dinner
plans made and missed, tennis, rackets
bought but never used.
Why do 20 or more lawyers at a time
work so hard? The answer is that these
young lawyers are on the make in the
fastest game in town-one of New
York's most prestigious firms, where
success is a partnership with a six-
figure salary, where legal advice runs
to $250 an hour.
IBM-WHOSE own legal staff is
headed by former U.S. Attorny General
Nicholas Katzenbach-retained
Cravath, Swaine & Moore at a cost of
;perhaps $10 million a year to fight the
charges that it had monopolized the
computer industry.
Does all that money mean happy
lawyers trodding the thick carpets
behind those closed doors?

"There's a sense of pushing paper,
spinning wheels," complains a former
Cravath lawyer who, like the others,
would not be named.
"There's a sort of creeping
dissatisfaction with yourself personally
for enduring instead of standing up and
saying, 'Enough's enough.'"
ADDS ANOTHER: "There's a con-
stant straining between an obligation to
your family and the obligation to make
it in the big time. It brings out the
ugliest sort of competition, people cut-
ting each other's throats.
"Your entire life, every waking hour
basically, all of those competitive fac-
tors are intensified.'All of the negative
things that occur at the major law firms
occur to the Nth degree on the INM
Indeed, the IBM litigation differs
from other cases by its duration, and
the result is that the normal, say, six-
month crunch of a big trial becomes a
hever-ending crush intensified by am-

Psalms 2:1 and Acts 4:25

There appears to be no little controversy regarding Capital
Punishment. To any concerned about settling it according to
God'sjudgements instead of man's precepts they are invited
to consider the following. To all others it is suggested that
you do not read the rest of this article, but skip it. It will
probably only offend you and cause you to "rage against The
Lord and His Anointed, their Bands and Cords" set to res-
train evil, and further this rage will offend God and "augment
His fierce wrath" against our rebellion.
"And surely your blood of your lives I will require; at the
hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of every
man's brother will I require the blood of man. WHOSO
Genesis 9:5, 6.
"He that smiteth a man, so that he die, shall be surely put to
death.-If a man come presumptuously upon his neighbor,
to slay him with guile; thou shalt take him from mine altar,
that he may die." Exodus 21:12-14. Twenty-five verses
previous to this passage is The Sixth Commandment: "Thou
shalt not kill."
"Whoso killeth any person, the murderer shall be put to
death by the mouth of witnesses... Moreover ye shall take no
satisfaction for the life of a murderer, which is guilty of death.
...So ye shall not pollute the land wherein ye are; FOR
The 26th chapter of Leviticus and the 28th of Deuteronomy

have just about the same messages of wonderful promises of
blessing to the obedient, and indeed, terrible and horrible
curses pronounced upon the disobedient. Familiarity with
these two chapters will promote the "Fear of The Lord" in
your heart, or else probably cause you to "rage against The
God of The Bible" as you have never yet done-Christ said to
one Church: "I would thou wert cold or hot!" Speaking of
putting to death the rebellious son, in both of these chapters
there is the foretelling of crazed men and women killing and
eating their own infants because of terrible famine sent upon
them by God for their disobedience to His Laws! Those
familiar with The Word of God know that these things were
experienced by the Jews, as well as another almost
unspeakable judgement when their enemies "ripped up the
women with child!" The Apostle Paul said: "Knowing the
terror of The Lord, we persuade men!" Would it not be wise
for us to persuade ourselves and one another to "FearThe
Lord and keep His Commandments, which is the whole duty
of man."
Thus saith The Lord, Because thou hast let go out of thy
hand a man whom I appointed to utter destruction, therefore,
thy life shall go for his life, and thy people for his people."
It is not the Christians' business to debate The Laws of
God Almighty, The King of Kings, The Lord of Lords, but to
obey and proclaim them. I t is also their duty to withstand the
heathen who do not believe in "The God of The Bible" but
also to pray for and strive to convert them: "to turn them from
darkness unto light, and from the power of Satan unto God,
that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance
among them which are sanctified by faith that is in Christ

longer hours because some people think
the longer hours you work, the more
chance you have of making partner-I
mean, that's what everyone wants,"
says a senior associate who puts in six
days and at least 60 or 65 hours a week.
"There is an amazing number of
amazingly ambitious people here and
competitive people here. At this firm,
the stakes are higher, the pressure is
higher and the competition is greater
than most other places. They keep
reaching for the end of the rainbow."
Cravath traditonally has meant the
end of one rainbow for law graduates,
who are lured by its prestige and stan-
dard-setting salaries. On the IBM case,
they are said to get $38,000 to $45,000 a
year, almost twice the pay of their
government opponents.
THAT, HOWEVER, is not all.
When the firm was defending IBM in
Phoenix six years ago, whole families
joined the lawyers at a resort one
summer, all expenses paid. The
following year in Tulsa, Okla., the firm
rentedmost of an apartment building to
put them up.
They also, get an annual bonus
estimated at $5,000 to $10,000; a rent-
free summer house, ostensibly to cut
down travel time to Cravath's outpost
close to IBM's headquarters in nearby
Armonk; free use of a rental car; and
occasional free vacations.
"THE BONUSES are nice," notes a
long-time associate who says he's been
happy at the firm, "but you don't make
the sacrifices you have to make to stay
on the case merely for the money. Your
immediate reaction after you look at
the bonus check is that it's not enough."
Despite all the benefits, therefore,
Cravath seems afflicted with high tur-
nover and a good number of broken
homes among lawyers working on the
IBM case.
As to whether it all pays off in ex-
perience or promotion, a number of
lawyers who have been on the case' dif-
fer. But the lawyers agree that hope for
advancement is the reason for sticking
it out.
Only a few of the newer litigation par-
tners among the handful promoted each
year has not had experience on the
case. It's also true that the young
associates who endure its punishing
hours longer than a -minimum two
years say they do so partly to curry the
favor of Thomas Barr, the partner in
charge of the case.
"After a while, my career aspirations
began to gel with the progress of the
case," a former associate relates.

Best friend AP Photo
A Los Angeles fireman takes on the role of rescuer during flooding of the Lo
Angeles River earlier this week.

First year students
have higher scores

(Continued from Page 1)
The University's stable enrollment
figures are not reflected by national
statistics. The Department of Health,
Education and Welfare (HEW) stated
that college enrollment is expected to
reach a new national high this fall and
probably will experience moderate an-
nual increases through the early 1980s.
Public and private colleges will enroll
a total of 11.6 million students this year,

a three percent
million in, 1977,

increase from 11.
according to HE

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