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APPOINTED COUNSEL SEEK IOUs FROM STATE The California Appellate Defense Counsel wants state Controller Kathleen Connell to issue IOUs to independent contract appellate attorneys who are not being paid during the state’s current budget impasse. The CADC, which represents about 400 attorneys statewide, sent a letter to Connell on Monday. The CADC’s attorneys are appointed by the state Supreme Court, and courts of appeal, to represent indigent defendants, children and parents in criminal, delinquency and dependency appeals. The CADC’s president, David Lampkin, wrote that their attorneys are experiencing “extreme financial hardship” because of the failure of the Legislature to pass a budget. “Our members, and many other independent contractors, are sole proprietors. We have mortgages and rents to pay and children to educate. We face serious peril if financial relief is not provided,” Lampkin wrote in the letter. The panel attorneys have not been paid for their services since the last budget expired on June 30. But the attorneys continue to work regardless of whether a budget passes. “Our people are borrowing money,” said Kyle Gee, a CADC vice president. “I’m not there yet but I may be soon.” “Everyone every year expects that this is going to happen,” Gee said. “Six weeks [without pay] we can live with, but 12 weeks becomes very, very difficult.” During the state’s 1992 budget impasse IOUs were issued to independent contractors by Gray Davis, who was then state controller. — Jason Dearen CARROLL, BURDICK GETS PARTNER FROM MANATT Carroll, Burdick & McDonough added Mary Wright this week to its ranks of labor and employment partners. The 75-lawyer San Francisco firm lured Wright away from the Palo Alto office of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips. Wright, who was the only labor lawyer in Manatt’s Silicon Valley office, said she is excited to be working in close proximity to a team of employment lawyers at Carroll, Burdick. “Nothing beats having an experienced partner in the office with you,” Wright said. Wright said family obligations prompted her to join a San Francisco firm to cut her commute. She has two young children. “This move isn’t about Manatt,” Wright said. Wright joined Manatt in 1995 in Los Angeles as an associate and then relocated to Palo Alto two years ago to launch a local employment presence in the Valley. David Herbst, Manatt’s managing partner in Palo Alto, said the firm hasn’t decided whether to relocate another employment lawyer from the firm’s Los Angeles office or to stage its own raid on a local firm. — Renee Deger TOWNSEND LAWYER IS NOW ON THELEN TEAM Copyright and trademark attorney E. Lynn Perry, an 18-year veteran of Townsend and Townsend and Crew, jumped to Thelen Reid & Priest last week. Perry, who joined Thelen’s San Francisco office as a partner, said she decided to switch firms in order to work with Veronica Devitt. “We’ve been friends for a number of years and always thought about working together,” Perry said. Thelen offered a “fabulous opportunity” to do so. Devitt joined Thelen 18 months ago after Limbach & Limbach, her firm of 22 years, went out of business. Perry said most of her clients are following her to Thelen. They include Longs Drug Stores Corp., VISX Inc., Clif Bar Inc. and ArthroCare Corp. Prior to joining Townsend, Perry was associate general counsel with MasterCard International Inc. in New York. After graduating from Loyal Law School of Los Angeles she spent two years as a state attorney in Chicago. — Brenda Sandburg

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