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The dark satanic mill of the ’90s is not a Mexican maquiladora, it’s an American law firm, where legions of hollow-eyed law-school graduates grind out billable hours for the profit of their elders, the partners. Among D.C. legal mills, none is more bleak, more nose-to-the-grindstone, more Gucci-worshiping than the local office of New York’s Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, which tops out Legal Times‘ annual survey of law firm profits at more than $1 million per partner. Lincoln Caplan, author of Skadden: Power, Money, and the Rise of a Legal Empire and lancer of many a boil upon the legal profession’s heinie, will explain just what on God’s earth people do to make that kind of money at 6:30 p.m. at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. FREE. (202) 364-1919. (Bill Gifford)