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FAMILY MATTERS Ask Sanford Ain why he and fellow family law heavyweight Rita Bank have decided to join forces in a new firm, and he’ll tell you “synergy,” adding, “Rita and I have done similar things” in our careers. Bank concurs. “We’re having a good time,” she says, pointing out that “Sandy and I are different personalities.” Joining Ain and Bank as partners at Ain & Bank are Mark Carlin and Lauren Shea. Both were partners with Ain at his previous firm, Sherman, Meehan, Curtin & Ain. In fact, five other lawyers at Ain & Bank � associates Anne Marie Jackson, Darryl Feldman, and Clare Miller, plus of counsel Peter Sherman and Claudia Pott � have accompanied Ain from his old firm. Rounding out the Ain & Bank roster is associate Sharon Siegel, who comes to the firm from the Law Office of Rita M. Bank.”My old firm basically split,” explains Ain, who says that the breach was amicable. In fact, Ain & Bank shares office space with Ain’s old firm, now known as Curtin, Law, Roberson, Dunigan & Salans. Each firm will act as of counsel to the other, with Ain & Bank concentrating on family law and civil litigation and Curtin, Law focusing on estate planning, corporate, and real estate work. Ain and Bank say their alliance is already providing a lot of work. “The phone has been ringing off the hook,” Bank says. Says Ain: “We never worry about having enough business. We worry about serving with quality the clients we have.” � Joel Chineson THE OLD COLLEGE TRY Foggy Bottom dentist Donald Kreuzer is locked in a battle with George Washington University over the 11-story dormitory it is building adjacent to three town houses Kreuzer owns. Kreuzer contends that GWU’s dorm in progress, which will be cantilevered over his property, constitutes trespass and threatens irreparable harm to his enjoyment of his property. He wants the construction stopped. Although Kreuzer has failed to find administrative relief and earlier this month was denied a temporary restraining order against GWU in Superior Court, his attorney J. Michael Hannon of D.C.-based, 11-lawyer Thompson, O’Donnell, Markham, Norton & Hannon has confidence in his client’s case. “Donald Kreuzer just has to have a neutral jury and judge to decide whether he’s been treated fairly,” says Hannon. On June 13, Hannon will be representing Kreuzer before Superior Court Judge Jeb Boasberg during a hearing on a motion for preliminary injunction. Hannon expects to face a jury in the case before the end of the year. � J.C. RIGHTS AND WRONGS While D.C. lawyer Edward Passman and his client Emma Monroig scored a victory last month at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission � their second victory at the agency � their fight against the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is hardly over. Last year, the EEOC had ruled that the Civil Rights Commission had discriminated against Monroig, who was hired as a GS-15 solicitor in 1990. Monroig alleged that after serving as acting general counsel for three months in 1994, she was reassigned to a position with nonlegal and administrative duties. After she initiated an EEO complaint, she says the Civil Rights Commission underwent a reorganization that eliminated her solicitor’s post. Last month, the EEOC reaffirmed last year’s order that Monroig be reinstated to her former position and that she be awarded compensatory damages, attorney fees and costs, and restoration of sick leave. Passman, of D.C.’s eight-lawyer Passman & Kaplan, which specializes in representing federal employees and their unions, says that the Civil Rights Commission has taken the position that it has complied with the EEOC. But the real problem, he says, is that there no longer is a comparable position to the solicitor’s post and that his client has no substantive duties to perform. He is considering filing a motion for compliance. � J.C. ADOPTION PAPERS D.C. lawyer Mark McDermott has been reappointed as the legislative chairman of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, a post he has held since 1997. Made up of about 300 members nationwide, with about 20 in the D.C. metropolitan area, the AAAA is dedicated to the improvement of adoption law and its ethical practice. AAAA members have acted as counsel in at least 50 adoptions, including 20 interstate placements. McDermott, of D.C.-based, five-lawyer Joseph, McDermott & Reiner, is a past president of the AAAA, and as legislative chairman offers Congress expert testimony and helps in the drafting of adoption laws. � J.C.

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