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Holocaust Art Works Rightful owners of billions of dollars worth of art works looted from Jewish homes and businesses during the Holocaust of 1933-45 will soon have a coordinated means of restitution through the various courts and competing legal systems of Europe, thanks to the volunteer efforts of two White & Case attorneys: Owen C. Pell, a partner in the firm’s New York headquarters, and Thomas Tindemas, counsel in Brussels, Belgium. During a year-long unpaid sabbatical, Mr. Pell worked under the aegis of the Commission for Art Recovery, a New York-based non-profit organization affiliated with the World Jewish Congress. He formulated a proposal to create a title-clearing and dispute-resolution entity that would bypass the need for inefficient treaty negotiations among individual European states. Mr. Tindemas, meanwhile, coordinated a legislative effort in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. By a recent 487-10 vote, the Parliament adopted Mr. Pell’s proposal as Resolution A5-408/2003, which directs the member states of the European Commission to develop specific action plans by year’s end to participate in a cross-border authority to administer common legal standards and access to public and private archives, and to develop dispute resolution mechanisms. Parental Consulting Three days a week, two dozen lawyers at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe have begun rotating duty in a unique two-hour telephone consultation service for parents of students at Children’s Storefront, an independent elementary school in Harlem. Associates and partners at the firm advise on civil matters such as landlord-tenant disputes, domestic relations and consumer complaints. J. Peter Coll Jr., a litigation partner, said the telephone initiative grew out his firm’s meetings with the Legal Aid Society last year to help in a range of pro bono services for the school community. In addition to legal work, he said, non-lawyer personnel at Orrick serve the school as summer program volunteers and reading tutors. Last year’s class of summer associates, he added, came up with the idea of providing appropriate books to students on their birthdays. The Children’s Storefront is adjacent to Legal Aid’s Greater Harlem Office on upper Madison Avenue. John A. MacKerron, an Orrick partner, is a board member of the Children’s Storefront. Political Asylum In the cause of due process, a legal team from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson recently won political asylum for Tibetan independence fighter Tsering Rabgy, who is soon to be joined in the United States by his wife and two children. Fried Frank associate Katie Hughes Bednark was assisted by paralegal Mia Gonzalez in representing Mr. Rabgy through U.S. Immigration Department hearings. Without benefit of trial in occupied Tibet, Mr. Rabgy was twice imprisoned and tortured by Chinese authorities for the crimes of possessing and distributing photographs of the Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama, the boy chosen by high Buddhist officials to eventually become the religious group’s principal leader. Mr. Rabgy, who was born in a Chinese forced labor camp to political activist parents, fled Tibet through neighboring Nepal last year after his most recent incarceration, eventually making his way to New York, where he intends to work with exiled countrymen in the cause of Tibetan independence.

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