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PUTTING ON A CLINIC Thomas Goldstein of D.C.’s Goldstein & Howe is about to become bicoastal. Teaming up with public interest law professor Pamela Karlan of Stanford Law School, Goldstein is preparing to offer six as-yet-to-be-chosen second- and third-year students at the California school a taste of what it’s like to be a Su-preme Court litigator. “Lots of law schools have clinics. Lots of law schools have Supreme Court courses. Our idea was to combine them,” says Goldstein. Thus, the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic was born. The law school’s Web site offers this description of the spring semester clinic: “The Supreme Court Litigation Clinic exposes students to the joys and frustrations of litigation before the Supreme Court of the United States. The bulk of the clinic is run as a small law firm working on live cases before the Court. Students participate in drafting petitions for certiorari and oppositions, merits briefs, and amicus briefs, compiling joint appendices, and preparing advocates for oral argument, as well as commenting (the technical term is ‘kibbitzing’) on drafts of briefs being filed by lawyers in other cases.” Karlan characterizes the clinic as “kind of experimental.” Goldstein says the students won’t be used as research assistants, but will have real responsibilities. “They can do everything but argue � and they’ll be expected to do everything but argue,” he says. Karlan is, of course, on-site at Stanford. Goldstein, who contributes to the “Conference Call” column in Legal Times, will head west every other week. “The clinic really should be sponsored by Jet Blue and Southwest Airlines,” he jests. � Joel Chineson TO THE MAX An Alexandria Circuit Court jury late last month awarded $350,000 in punitive damages � the maximum allowed under Virginia law � to a woman whose eye surgeon operated on the wrong eye. Cary Greenberg of Alexandria’s six-lawyer Rich Greenberg Rosenthal & Costle represented the victim in the case against Dr. Michael Rivers and the Retina Group of Washington. In awarding April Bourne $1 million in total compensation, it found that Rivers had operated on the left eye despite the facts that her right eye had been prepared for surgery and that her surgery consent form indicated surgery on the right eye. It further found that Rivers altered the surgical consent form. A former Alexandria prosecutor, Greenberg, 44, focuses his practice on criminal defense work and civil litigation. He says he does not specialize in medical malpractice cases. Yet he won against an opposing counsel who is a lion of the medical malpractice defense bar, Alfred Belcuore of D.C.’s five-lawyer Montedonico, Belcuore & Tazzara. Belcuore has filed post-trial motions objecting to the jury award. He declined to comment on the case. � Siobhan Roth O CANADA Partner Mindy Farber and associate James Rubin of Rockville, Md.’s five-lawyer Farber Taylor scored a big victory before a jury in Montgomery County Circuit Court on behalf of the Baxter Group, an Ottawa-based reseller that represents U.S. companies doing business in Canada. The Baxter Group sued Boston-based L3 Communications, claiming that the manufacturer of airport securities systems violated an exclusive sales arrangement by refusing to pay a commission on a multimillion-dollar deal soon after the events of Sept. 11, 2001. The jury awarded the Canadian reseller nearly $900,000, which represents, according to Farber, “the 10 percent commission that L3 or its subsidiary should have paid the Baxter Group, but kept for themselves for two years.” Farber believes the award might be a record for a commercial case tried in the county court. How did a Canadian plaintiff wind up suing a Boston-based defendant in a Maryland court? L3′s predecessor company was Beltsville, Md.’s Perkins Elmer, and Baxter signed its exclusive contract in that firm’s office. After a three-day trial, the jury deliberated for less than two hours before reaching its verdict. After the trial, one of the jurors approached her client, Farber relates, and said, “We wanted you to know that Canada can get a fair shake in America.” � J.C. FOUND IN TRANSLATION It’s common practice for radio and television outlets to call on area lawyers to provide commentary when a trial captures the public’s interest. So it’s not a surprise to find Jay Marks of Silver Spring, Md.’s Marks & Katz before a camera sharing his expertise with TV viewers about the murder trial of alleged sniper John Allen Muhammad. What’s somewhat unusual about Marks’ gig is that his commentary is in Spanish on Univision. About his assignment Marks says, “It’s even more important to speak in direct, basic terms. Legalisms don’t translate well into Spanish.” � J.C.

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