According to the East Bay Business Times (subscription required), a gaggle of Russian lawyers recently paid a visit to Oakland City Attorney John Russo as part of a three-day seminar on the innovations of Western jurisprudence, including civil lawsuits, pro bono work, and that linchpin of American law, hourly billing. What did our Arctic advocates think of Yankee litigation? "American people, they are always saying, 'She is the best one. He is very important,'" said St. Petersburg bankruptcy attorney Denis Panchenko. "It is good. It makes people feel good."