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CJP CENSURES FORMER FRESNO COUNTY JUDGE SACRAMENTO — Former Fresno County Superior Court Judge Vincent McGraw, who left the bench in the midst of an investigation into his campaign practices last year, has been formally censured by the Commission on Judicial Performance and will not be allowed to sit on assignment. McGraw sat on Fresno’s municipal court from 1989 to 1998, when he was elevated to the superior court bench. His censure is the result of negotiations with CJP trial counsel. CJP documents gave the following account of McGraw’s troubles: In 1998, the commission privately admonished McGraw for using his work computer to surf for porn after it discovered he spent an average of 15 hours a month logged onto sexually explicit sites. While running for retention in spring 2002, McGraw denied he had accessed porn and denied being punished. McGraw also threatened legal action against a TV station if it broadcast the allegations. And, the CJP said, he used county resources to help run his campaign and put his campaign ahead of his duties at the courthouse. McGraw lost the election, but wouldn’t have had to step down from the bench until December 2002. Instead, he resigned Sept. 20, one day after the CJP announced its investigation, and then left the state. McGraw could not be reached for comment. — Jeff Chorney FENWICK WINS ROUND IN BLACKBERRY BATTLE Fenwick & West won a key round for client Good Technology Inc. in one of a series of lawsuits filed against the company by the maker of the Blackberry handheld electronic device. Fenwick toppled a motion for preliminary injunction after a daylong hearing in front of Orange County Superior Court Judge Jonathan Cannon. Canada’s Research In Motion Ltd., which makes and sells the Blackberry device, had asked to stop the Sunnyvale-based Good Technology from selling its competing devices. In the case, Research In Motion v. Good Technology, 02-00274, RIM, as the company is known, accuses Good Technology of breach of contract and misappropriation of trade secrets. RIM has pending suits against Good Technology in courts in Northern California and Delaware, as well as the one in Orange County. A four-member team, including partners Claude Stern, Bradford Lewis and J. David Hadden and of counsel Donald Werner Searles, represented Good Technology in the hearing, which started at 9:30 a.m. and wrapped up after 7 p.m. that evening. A team of about 20 Jones Day lawyers represented RIM during the hearing, said Fenwick’s Stern. The Jones Day team was led by partners Emil “Tom” Bayko and Scott Cowan, both of whom are based in the firm’s Houston office. They did not return calls for comment by press time. — Renee Deger FOUR LATERALS MOVE TO ALTHEIMER & GRAY Chicago’s Altheimer & Gray has added four lawyers to its San Francisco office in the past month and a half, including three from Bingham McCutchen. The firm announced Thursday that Jack Slobodin, a former partner at Fish & Richardson, had joined Altheimer, along with former Bingham McCutchen partners Mark Slater and Lori Walth and associate Jonathan Hersey. The lateral hires bring the office’s headcount to roughly a dozen attorneys and bolster the office’s intellectual property and litigation practices. Slobodin is a patent litigator who has tried more than 100 cases, including one of the first patent jury trials in California. He began practicing at Altheimer on March 17 after an eight-year stint at Fish & Richardson. Slater, Walth and Hersey moved to Altheimer in mid-February. Slater’s litigation practice focuses on complex commercial disputes and technology-related insurance coverage matters. Walth litigates insurance issues involving coverage for first-party and third-party business, commercial and financial policies. “We continue to reaffirm our commitment to growing the San Francisco office as quickly as strategically possible by hiring attorneys whose practice areas augment our core practices, and will complement the full range of service we provide our clients,” said Altheimer Managing Partner Jeffrey Smith in a statement. — Alexei Oreskovic

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