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FUNDING EXCELLENCE Nancy Aliquo Long, who for 10 years practiced corporate transactional law at her own firm in Silver Spring, Md., will early next month become the chief fund-raiser for the Council for Court Excellence. As development director, the one-time president and secretary of the Women’s Bar Association will seek donations from law firms, businesses, and foundations on behalf of the nonprofit. Long had only just decided to leave the law in favor of fund raising when she learned of the opening. “I hadn’t jumped in the deep end yet, and this was just what I wanted,” she says of her job-hunting luck. � Joel Chineson SUING THE COMPANY Turning to D.C. solo practitioner James Lesar, journalist Jefferson Morley, a columnist for Washingtonpost.com, has filed a Freedom of Information Act suit against the Central Intelligence Agency in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The suit, filed Dec. 16, seeks the CIA’s records on George Joannides. Joannides was a Miami-based agent for the CIA in the months before the slaying of President John Kennedy, assigned to covert activities against Cuba, and who, in 1978, served as the CIA’s liaison to the House Select Committee on Assassinations, which reinvestigated Kennedy’s slaying. Joannides was appointed to the House post by then-CIA General Counsel Scott Breckinridge. In a Dec. 17 article about the suit for the online magazine Salon, Morley says that before Breckinridge died in 2000, he told him that he had been unaware of Joannides’ history when he hired him for the liaison job. “Joannides undermined the House Select Committee and destroyed the integrity of that investigation,” says Lesar, who has specialized in FOIA cases for 33 years and will argue the case before Judge Richard Leon. � Joel Chineson CREATING BUSINESS This holiday season, several companies have turned to the for-profit services of 5-year-old CreateHope, the brainchild of local lawyer Adam Goozh. The Bethesda company mixes business and technology to streamline charitable giving and now counts American Express and Hewlett-Packard as clients, among others. Six years ago, Goozh appeared to be heading straight for law practice, but while working at one of Georgetown University Law Center’s legal clinics assisting tenants in rehabilitating their building, Goozh’s plans shifted. “I enjoyed using my law degree in a business process and helping people,” says Goozh. Goozh and two cousins began CreateHope in 1999. Today, at age 30, he oversees 40 workers and says his success is attributable to a few good people and a little bit of luck. � Alicia Upano

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