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Hofstra Law Names Interim Dean Hofstra University has named Alan N. Resnick, 56, as interim dean of its law school to replace David Yellen, who will step down in May. Mr. Resnick, who joined the Hofstra University School of Law in 1974, has taught bankruptcy, contracts, and commercial law, and was associate dean from 1979 to 1981. He served as reporter to the Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules of the Judicial Conference of the United States from 1987 to 1999, and has been a member of the Advisory Committee since 1999. He was appointed to those positions by U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist. He is also of counsel to Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson. Mr. Yellen decided not to seek reappointment to spend more time with his wife and children, who live in Pennsylvania. He will continue as a professor. � Leigh Jones Foundation Settles Excessive Compensation Charges The Charities Bureau of the New York Attorney General’s Office has settled a suit with six board members of the Grand Marnier Foundation charging defendants with self-dealing and excessive compensation. The settlement order, filed on Feb. 11 with the Supreme Court in Manhattan, required defendants to return $1.5 million to the charity known for supporting the arts, and permanently prohibited its founder, Michel Roux, from serving on its board. Mr. Roux, who earned his fortune by importing Grand Marnier and launching the artistic ad campaign that propelled Absolute Vodka to stardom, led a board that in 1994, for instance, paid its members $569,000, while awarding $589,000 in grants, according to Forbes.com. “Each defendant earned about $50,000 annually . . . for rendering the most basic services,” said a spokeswoman for the attorney general. This was one of six cases currently filed by the office against unscrupulous non-profit boards. � Michael Bobelian City Bar, Second Circuit Conduct Survey The Association of the Bar of the City of New York is conducting an e-mail survey of lawyers’ views on the Civil Appeals Management Program of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. The City Bar is sending surveys to the attorneys of record in civil appeals that were assigned to the program in the 2001 docket. The survey is form information-gathering purposes only and individual responses will remain confidential. However, they will be tabulated, analyzed and reported in the aggregate. Questions concerning the survey may be directed to Dorothea Regal at (212) 689-8808 or [email protected]. NYU to Host Forum on Patriot Act A public forum on the future of the USA Patriot Act will be held Thursday at New York University School of Law’s Martin Lipton Hall, 110 West Third Street, from 6 to 8 p.m. The forum will examine which of the Patriot Act’s sections might end under sunset provision, which might remain, and how the U.S. legal culture would change as a result. Scheduled participants include Tom Gerety, executive director of NYU’s Brennan Center for Justice; Alice Fisher, a U.S. Department of Justice deputy assistant attorney general responsible for managing the counter-terrorism section of the agency’s criminal division; and Professor Stephen Schulhofer of NYU Law, and author of “The Enemy Within: Intelligence Gathering, Law Enforcement and Civil Liberties in the Wake of Sept. 11.” Justice Award Recipient Named Elaine R. Jones, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, has been named the recipient of the second annual Ida B. Wells-Barnett Justice Award. The award, given by the New York County Lawyers’ Association and the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, will be presented on March 10 at NYCLA Home of Law, 14 Vesey Street. For more information, call 212-267-6646, ext. 233.

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