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Prominent Queens Lawyer Disbarred The Appellate Division, First Department, yesterday disbarred Jonathan A. Weinstein, a member of a prominent legal family in Queens, for “a pattern of deliberately false and deceptive conduct, including distortions of fact . . . undertaken for purposes of self-aggrandizement and in an arrogant and devious manner.” Mr. Weinstein, 62, is the son of Moses M. Weinstein, a former justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department. Before his election to the bench, he was a Democratic Party leader in Queens and majority leader in the state Assembly for two years. Mr. Weinstein’s brother, Queens Supreme Court Justice Jeremy S. Weinstein, is currently the supervising judge of the Civil Court in that borough. The court’s unanimous decision in Matter of Weinstein will be published Wednesday. � Daniel Wise Judge Blasts Swiss Banks Over Holocaust Settlement Eastern District Chief Judge Edward R. Korman yesterday blasted the Swiss banks for “egregious mischaracterizations” in their comments on proposals to redistribute roughly one-third of the $1.3 billion they paid to settle Holocaust-related claims. In a report issued last fall, a special master appointed by Judge Korman reported that about half the $800 million the settlement had allocated to compensate families that had lost funds held in Swiss bank accounts had not been paid out and would have to be reallocated for other purposes. Judge Korman denounced the banks’ claim that they did not destroy any records that would have made it more difficult for the court to distribute the funds. The banks’ claims, Judge Korman wrote In re: Holocaust Victim Assets, 96-4849, are reminiscent of the “theory that ‘if you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”’ The decision will be published Thursday. � Daniel Wise Thelen Reid Affiliates With Baghdad Law Firm Thelen, Reid & Priest has become one of the first U.S. law firms to venture into Iraq. Through its joint venture with British firm Masons, Thelen Reid has affiliated with the Baghdad law firm of Salam Abdullah & Partners. Andrew Ness, managing partner of Thelen Reid’s Washington, D.C., office said the non-exclusive arrangement would facilitate the firm’s work on behalf of clients like Bechtel that have been awarded reconstruction contracts by the U.S. government. The Iraqi-born Mr. Abdullah has practiced law in Paris for many years and returned to Baghdad last June. Most well-known for its focus on infrastructure and engineering clients, 400-lawyer Thelen Reid was the result of a 1998 combination between San Francisco’s Thelen Marrin Johnson and New York’s Reid & Priest. The firm formed its joint venture with Masons last May. Known as Masons Thelen Reid, the London-based venture counts six partners from each firm. � Anthony Lin Law Firms Must Report Part 36 Compensation Law firms face a new filing requirement under Part 36 of the Rules of the Chief Judge. Whenever total Part 36 compensation of members, associates and employees is $50,000 or more in any calendar year, a law firm must file a “Report of Compensation Received.” Part 36 compensation is derived from guardian and fiduciary appointments. The filing date for the reports is no later than March 31 of the year after the year reported. The first year subject to the new rule is 2003. For more information, see Court Notes on page 7. Legal Services Awards Nominations Sought The Association of the Bar of the City of New York is now accepting nominations for the 15th annual Legal Services Awards, which recognize the efforts of attorneys who are employed full-time in providing critical civil legal assistance to New York City’s poor. Nomination letters may be sent to Legal Services Awards Committee, Executive Director’s Office, The Association of the Bar, 42 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036; fax (212) 398-6634. The deadline is March 30. For more information, contact Aliza Akhtar at (212) 382-6624 or [email protected]. Personal Notes on LawyersSteven E. Zippersteinhas been named vice-president, legal and external affairs, general counsel and secretary of Verizon Wireless. Previously, he served as deputy general counsel for Verizon.

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