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VENTURE LAW GROUP NAMES TWO PARTNERS Menlo Park’s Venture Law Group announced two new partners Wednesday, bringing to 27 the number of partners at the 75-lawyer corporate boutique. Promoted to partner are Edward “Ted” Kim and Mitchell Zuklie. They represent the first so-called homegrown partners for the firm. Both lawyers started at VLG after finishing law school and worked their way up the firm’s ranks, which includes being named senior attorney in 1999. Senior attorney is a mandatory stepping-stone for making partner at VLG. Kim joined VLG in 1995 after graduating from the University of Michigan Law School. Kim also holds an MBA from the University of Michigan business school. Zuklie joined VLG in 1996 after graduating from Boalt Hall School of Law. — Renee Deger TWO LIFE SCIENCE LAWYERS JOIN COOLEY Cooley Godward is adding two patent partners in January when the principals of the tiny Menlo Park patent boutique of Robins & Pasternak join the firm. Roberta Robins and Dahna Pasternak will join the firm’s roughly 90-lawyer life sciences group. Alumnae of Morrison & Foerster, Robins and Pasternak formed a firm in 2001. Robins was an associate at Ciotti & Murashige, which had merged with MoFo in 1991. The following year, she left to start her own intellectual property firm. In 1999, Pasternak left Mofo, where she was an associate, and teamed with Robins. As a firm, the duo specializes in the life science and biotechnology industries, offering both counseling and prosecution work. They will continue that emphasis while at Cooley, said Mark Pitchford, Cooley’s chief operation officer. “It’s an area where we’ve always had a dominant presence and it’s one we’re committed to,” Pitchford said, “and this augments our franchise in that area.” Cooley had been jockeying to boost its IP prowess with a merger with Pennie & Edmonds but talks broke off in October. — Renee Deger USC DEAN JUMPS TO PUBLIC INTEREST GROUP Wrapping up 11 years as associate dean of the University of Southern California Law School, Karen Lash is leaving Friday to join a Washington, D.C.-based public interest law organization. Lash will begin as a vice president and head of programs at Equal Justice Works, formerly called the National Association for Public Interest Law, in mid-January. The organization manages and encourages fellowship programs for public interest lawyers and encourages loan-forgiveness programs. “Equal Justice Works is poised to be a major player and partner with the other national organizations that work to expand the availability of legal services to the poor,” Lash said. Lash has been involved with the organization since she was a law student at USC. She graduated in 1987. The school has not named her replacement and a spokesman said a search is under way. — Renee Deger

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