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Court Upholds Workers’ Comp Award for WTC Victim The Appellate Division, Third Department, has upheld a workers’ compensation award to a financial industry worker who was injured as he commuted to work at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Morgan Stanley Dean Witter and its insurance carrier had tried to argue that Anthony Tompkins was not entitled to benefits because he never made it to his office in the south tower of the World Trade Center before being hurt. According to court papers, Mr. Tompkins emerged from a subway station two blocks from the south tower as the second plane hit, and suffered facial injuries from falling debris. In a 5-0 ruling dated Thursday, the appeals panel said travel to and from work is generally not considered to be working unless there is a “sufficient nexus” between the workplace and an employee’s injuries. Exceptions to the rule have developed through past court rulings, the judges noted, including instances where a workers’ claim to be working is “enhanced” the closer he or she gets to the workplace. In Mr. Tompkins’ case, the court said there was “substantial evidence” to support the Workers’ Compensation Board’s finding that his injuries “arose out of and in the course of his employment.” � Associated Press Ex-Lawyer Arrested for Stealing $1.6 Million From His Mom A disbarred attorney from Long Island has been arrested for allegedly stealing more than $1.6 million left to his mother by his late father. Martin Purvin, formerly licensed in California, depleted his mother’s inheritance beginning in 1994, which resulted in a warrant for her unpaid taxes and several bounced checks, according to Nassau County prosecutors. Mr. Purvin, 54, allegedly transferred money from his mother’s account into an account held jointly with her and then into his own account. Mr. Purvin, who was disbarred in 1997, was charged with first-degree grand larceny, punishable by up to 25 years in prison, in addition to other crimes. � Leigh Jones Bar Groups Form Master Calendar The Network of Bar Leaders, a coalition of 41 bar groups, has established a master calendar so its members can avoid conflicts when scheduling events. The consolidated calendar of bar events is posted on the the network’s Web site at www.networkofbarleaders.org . Bar associations wishing to list events on the calendar should e-mail the details to [email protected] . Former Judges Featured in Jewish Vets Exhibit “Ours to Fight For: American Jews in the Second World War,” the inaugural exhibition at the Robert M. Morgenthau Wing of the Museum of Jewish Heritage � A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in Battery Park City, is set to open tomorrow, Veterans’ Day. The exhibition chronicles the contributions and heroism of Jewish soldiers in the U.S. military during the war. Among those who personal stories are featured in the exhibit include retired Appellate Division, First Department, Justice Bentley Kassal; former Presiding Appellate Division, Second Department, Justice Milton Mollen, now of counsel to Herrick Feinstein; and former Bronx Supreme Court Justice Burton Roberts, now of counsel to Fishbein Badillo Wagner Harding. Becoming a Judge Program Set for the Bronx “How to Become a Judge,” a program designed to inform lawyers about the paths � elective and appointive � to landing a spot on the bench in New York City, will be presented in the Bronx on Nov. 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sponsored and supported by a variety of bar groups, the program will be held at the Bronx County Courthouse, 851 Grand Concourse. For more information, call (212) 382-6600. Personal Notes on LawyersMae A. D’Agostinoof D’Agostino, Krackeler, Baynes & Maguirehas recently been inducted into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the American College of Trial Lawyers. � Toryshas named James A Guadianaa partner in its tax practice. He was head of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg’s New York tax practice. � Carter Ledyard & Milburnhas announced the addition of associates Diane Melnickand Reeves Carterto its intellectual property group. � Andrew S. Goodstadtand Key Alexandria Mendez havejoined Thompson Wigdor & Gillyas associates, working primarily in the employment, sports and entertainment departments.

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