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FOR THIS LITIGATOR, BLOGGER, IT’S ALL IN THE KAUS FAMILY Mickey Kaus, Slate’s widely read political writer, and Cooper, White and Cooper litigator Stephen Kaus may be brothers, but the two part ways on politics. Mickey is “a good reporter, but he is too much of an apologist for the Republicans,” Stephen says. The Slate writer, who pens the gossipy “Kausfiles” blog on the Internet, labeled his older brother an old school “paleo-liberal.” “I am a right-wing liberal who hangs out with Republicans,” said Mickey, who calls himself a “neoliberal.” Politics aside, the Kaus family tree has deep legal roots. The brothers’ father was California Supreme Court Justice Otto Kaus. Both brothers went to law school �� Stephen to Boalt Hall School of Law and Mickey to Harvard Law School �� but their career paths split. Mickey clerked for former Supreme Court Justice Stanley Mosk, but ended up in journalism, working at the Washington Monthly and New Republic before landing at Slate. His recall campaign scoops about Arnold Schwarzenegger, including uncovering early Johnny Carson and Oui magazine interviews, drew national attention. Stephen Kaus was a Contra Costa County deputy public defender, taught at Boalt and University of San Francisco and now specializes in complex civil litigation at Cooper. The brothers say they admire each other. The attorney said he “always wanted to be a journalist,” and says his brother’s recall coverage “brought him to the fore.” The blogger respects how his sibling “thinks on his feet,” confessing, “I would have been a terrible lawyer.” The brothers also agree that Stephen’s prodding inspired Mickey to do some shoe-leather recall reporting. But on some things, the pair will never see eye to eye, they say. “When I have a legal issue, I call him,” Mickey said laughing, but eventually his brother starts “lobbying and arguing with me.” — Jahna Berry MAKING THE LIST Call it a Sally Field moment. That was when Eva Paterson learned she landed on Black Enterprise magazine’s list of top black lawyers. “I like to be liked,” Paterson said. “It’s probably evidence of neurosis.” Paterson, executive director of San Francisco’s Equal Justice Society, was one of 13 California lawyers to be named in the magazine’s first list of leading lawyers. The 33-year-old monthly magazine for African-American professionals put the spotlight on lawyers in its November issue, which came out Tuesday, said Andrew Wadium, a magazine spokesman. In total, 91 U.S. lawyers landed on a list culled over six months from interviews and industry research, Wadium said. Besides Paterson, two other Bay Area lawyers made the list. They are Patrick Thompson, a Pillsbury Winthrop partner, and Issac Vaughn, a Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati partner. “It’s nice to be recognized for having worked for a number of years in a profession and have a business magazine with a reputation of Black Enterprise recognize you for that work,” said John Sherrell, a Latham & Watkins partner in Los Angeles who made the list. The magazine has been out just a few days, but lawyers on the list say they’re already getting phone calls from old friends and colleagues — as well as prospective clients and an enterprising tailor. Sherrell turned down the tailor. But he also got a call from a prospective corporate client who thought his real estate experience might make him a good match. Paterson, a civil rights lawyer, has also been fielding phone calls, from friends as well as prospective clients. In her case, though, the calls are coming from prison inmates. “It’s been very interesting,” Paterson said. — Renee Deger PARTY TIME Who could resist a party with Chez Panisse cuisine, Neil Diamond music and Father Guido Sarducci? Not many, hopes Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. The firm put together a smorgasbord of food and entertainment to lure people to a Nov. 6 gala to celebrate the firm’s 25th anniversary in Silicon Valley and raise money for the Silicon Valley Campaign for Legal Services. “We’re trying to do something that will grab people’s attention,” said Gibson, Dunn partner Russell Hansen. “How do you get people to show up for a party in the middle of the week when they envision lawyers with plastic cups milling around?” Hansen, who is overseeing the event, said he also wanted to be sure people didn’t toss their invitations aside. So the firm went all out in producing an eye-catching invitation. It consists of a package of seven black coasters embossed in silver with the evening’s program. Corporate partner Lawrence Calof and his colleagues drafted the invitations, which are replete with disclaimers in the style of a corporate contract. Alice Waters, owner of Berkeley’s landmark Chez Panisse, designed the party menu — which includes brochette and lamb — and is lending one of her chefs to prepare the food. Gibson, Dunn, in return, is making a donation to the Chez Panisse Foundation. In addition to comedian Don Novello, who will appear as his “Saturday Night Live” character Father Guido Sarducci, the event will feature juggler Frank Olivier, the 1970s and 1980s cover band Cheeseballs, and Super Diamond, a Neil Diamond impersonator. Rick Smolan, a former photographer for Time/Life and National Geographic, will display some of his photos, and Gibson, Dunn clients will receive his new book “America 24/7.” Gibson, Dunn will also hold a silent auction of wine and wine-related products to benefit the SVCLS. — Brenda Sandburg

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