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DAs Urge State to Dole Out Law School Loan Relief None of the $3 million in student loan relief for assistant district attorneys that was to have been distributed by the end of this month has been handed out, Manhattan District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau and Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said yesterday. The district attorneys issued a joint statement noting that $2.5 million collected in fees paid to the state court system had been collected to fund a budgeted $6 million “Legal Services Assistance Fund” for student loan relief, and funding for public and non-profit legal services. The district attorneys said they were concerned that if the money is not distributed now, it may be lost entirely. � Cerisse Anderson Lawyer Rebuffs Attempt to Remove Him From Garson Case Gerald J. McMahon, counsel for the accused intermediary who was to pass a $5,000 bribe to embattled Brooklyn Justice Gerald P. Garson, yesterday brushed off a report that the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office was attempting to have him removed from the case. Mr. McMahon said prosecutors recently had sent a letter suggesting to Justice Steven Fisher that there might be a conflict of interest in his representation of Nissim Elmann, but he added there was no basis in law or fact for such a claim. Mr. McMahon said he had disclosed more than a year ago his prior representation of Mr. Elmann in a matrimonial matter in 1997 or 1998 and representation of a co-defendant, Avraham Levi, in an unrelated criminal case. The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office declined comment. � Cerisse Anderson Local Civil Rule Amendments Are Adopted The board of judges for the Eastern and Southern districts of New York have unanimously adopted amendments to Local Civil Rule 6.3 (motions for reconsideration and reargument) and to Local Civil Rule 56.1 (statements of material facts on motion for summary judgment). The amendments are effective on March 26. For details, see Court Notes. Hextalls Adds Two Partners to New York Office London-based Hextalls & Co., a law firm specializing in insurance and reinsurance work, has added two partners to its nascent New York office. Matthew Byrne and Lawrence Rose, both formerly with Mendes & Mount, will join managing partner Andrew Banfill in staffing Hextall’s New York office. Hextalls, which has 22 partners in the United Kingdom, last year established its lower Manhattan office as a limited liability partnership. Mr. Rose said the step, unusual for an overseas firm, evinced a commitment to expanding in New York. � Anthony Lin Weil Gotshall Partner Honored for Pro Bono Weil, Gotshall & Manges partner Richard J. Davis has been named the 2004 recipient of the Law & Society Award by New York Lawyers for the Public Interest for his commitment to public service. Mr. Davis, who has an extensive legal career in both the public and private sectors, is a general litigation and white-collar crime specialist. A former assistant U.S. attorney, Mr. Davis’ most recent pro bono work involves spearheading the Randall’s Island Sports Foundation, a public/private partnership with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to create park on the East River island. Personal Notes on LawyersHughes Hubbard & Reed has named Steven Paul McSloy counsel in its American Indian finance practice. Mr. McSloy was formerly general counsel of the Oneida Indian Nation.

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