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CASE OVERLOAD – Attorneys in the U.S. Department of Justice’s civil division have been heading for the doors in unusually high numbers, C. Ryan Barber reports. At least seven lawyers in that divison’s appellate staff have left in recent months, leaving the team tasked with defending U.S. government policies in federal appeals courts across the country understaffed. What is causing the exodus? It’s a combination of increased caseloads and growth in the number of politically-charged matters, insiders say. For its part, the Justice Department said the civil appellate staff has hired new lawyers to replace many of those who have left.