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MEET THE NEW BOSS Partners at Powell, Goldstein, Frazer & Murphy have nominated James McAlpin Jr. to serve as firm chairman starting in March of 2004. McAlpin, 45, is based in the firm’s Atlanta office and chairs the corporate and technology department. He’ll replace current chairman Armin Brecher. Partners will vote on McAlpin’s nomination on Aug. 12. — Jenna Greene BULLISH ON NANOTECH Burns, Doane, Swecker & Mathis has added nanotechnology specialist Kitu Bindra to the firm’s Silicon Valley office. Previously a partner at Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly, Bindra joins the firm as counsel, bolstering Burns, Doane’s new nanotechnology practice group. Bindra has helped develop nanotechnology companies, including spin-offs from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and works with industry organizations such as the Girvan Institute. — J.G. HIT THE BRAKES Lawyers from the D.C. office of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker scored a victory at the International Trade Commission last week defending Chinese brake drums and rotors manufacturers. U.S. brake-parts makers, represented by D.C.’s Porter Wright Morris & Arthur, sued under Section 421 of the Trade Act, which was passed after China joined the World Trade Organization. The U.S. manufacturers alleged that the imported brake parts were hurting the domestic industry and asked for a sharp increase in tariffs. In a 4-0 vote, the ITC rejected the petition. — J.G. LONDON CALLING Covington & Burling has added Robert Stankey, former associate general counsel, corporate affairs for AOL Europe, as special counsel in the firm’s London office. Stankey’s practice will focus on technology, media, and communications. “I’m delighted that Bob is joining our London office,” says London managing partner John Rupp, noting that the office has more than doubled in size over the past three years. — J.G.

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