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ADDITIONAL BROBECK PARTNERS FIND HOMES The list of former Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison partners who have found new homes continued to grow Monday as Pillsbury Winthrop and Carr & Ferrell announcing new hires. For its San Diego office, Pillsbury said it has hired four partners along with a lineup of seven associates, two patent clerks, five paralegals and five secretaries. Three of the new partners to join Pillsbury, F.T. Alexandra Mahaney, Jeffrey Guise and Vicki Gee Norton, specialize in life sciences intellectual property. The fourth new partner hire, Daniel Lamb Jr., is a business litigator. In Palo Alto, Carr & Ferrell hired partner Daniel Hansen from Brobeck’s former East Palo Alto office to specialize in emerging growth companies and investors. – Renee Deger SEX OFFENDER WINS RELEASE UNDER SVPA SAN JOSE –Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Robert Baines agreed Monday that child molester Brian DeVries had met the conditions of the Sexually Violent Predators Act and ordered his release. But Baines said the Department of Mental Health must first set up a suitable supervised community treatment program for him. DeVries could become the first offender released under the 1996 law, which allows prosecutors to keep violent sex offenders confined after their prison sentences until they complete a four-step treatment program. Six medical experts — four for the prosecution and two for the defense –concluded that DeVries qualified for release, with treatment to continue in the community. “Mr. DeVries is qualified to move to phase five — community outreach,” Baines said Monday. “Mr. DeVries has met his burden by demonstrating by preponderance of the evidence he is eligible.” Under the statute, DeVries should be released 21 days after the court grants the petition, but Baines said he wanted to insure a program was in place first. Baines scheduled a hearing for next Monday to discuss terms of the release. “The bottom line is, I am reluctant to proceed today until we have that proposed plan for Mr. DeVries,” Baines said. DeVries, who has admitted to molesting 50 boys, has been at Atascadero State Hospital since 1997 and has undergone castration. Outside of court, DeVries’ attorney, Deputy Public Defender Brian Matthews said he would push the court to release his client in 21 days as designated by the statute. Matthews said the Department of Mental Health has had more than a year to prepare for DeVries’ release and that holding him past the deadline could pose constitutional questions. “I am working on a 21-day timetable,” Matthews said. “If it just looks like they are dragging their feet because they don’t want him out, there’s a problem …. At some point, I am going to start asking for unconditional release.” – Shannon Lafferty COOLEY LEADER MOVES TO HOWARD, RICE Deborah Marshall, a former head of Cooley Godward’s business department, has joined Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin. Marshall begins as a partner in Howard, Rice’s 50-attorney corporate group today, where she’ll focus on emerging growth companies in the technology and life sciences industries, as well as representing venture capital funds. Among her clients are Sony Online Entertainment, Square Trade, Radiant Medical and Venture Strategy Partners. The move comes after a nine-year stint at Cooley Godward’s San Francisco and Palo Alto offices. During that time she worked on numerous initial public offerings of corporations including Telik, CV Therapeutics and Onyx Pharmaceuticals. She also was involved in Cooley’s management, heading up the Palo Alto office between 1995 and 1997, and directing the firm’s business group from 1997 to 2000. While the emerging growth companies practice has been slow at all firms as a result of the economic climate, Howard, Rice is preparing itself for an eventual turnaround in the sector, said Managing Director Stuart Lipton. “What we’re doing is trying to be ready for the inevitable pick up in that area,” said Lipton. “It might be three months from now, it might be nine months. We’re here investing for the future.” – Alexei Oreskovic BOALT NAMES ITS SEARCH COMMITTEE UC-Berkeley Chancellor Robert Berdahl has named members of a search committee to recommend the permanent replacement for Boalt Hall School of Law Dean John Dwyer. Economics and public policy professor John Quigley will chair the committee. The other members are anthropology professor Meg Conkey, assistant law school dean Louise Epstein, law and political science professor Robert Kagan, co-president of the Boalt Hall Student Association, Shanda McAndrews, law professor Rachel Moran, Boalt alumnus Adam Sachs, law professor Joseph Sax, law and philosophy professor Sam Scheffler, acting law professor Howard Shelanski and psychology professor Sheldon Zedeck. – Jason Dearen

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