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Lambda Legal Files Suit Challenging Same-Sex Marriage Ban A gay rights advocacy group filed a lawsuit last week challenging the constitutionality of New York’s Domestic Relations Law, which denies same-sex couples the right to marry. The suit, filed by Lambda Legal on behalf of two men in Manhattan, argues that the law violates equal protection provisions of the state Constitution by discriminating based on gender and sexual orientation. Meanwhile, a Supreme Court Justice in Ulster County has granted a temporary restraining order against New Paltz Mayor Jason West. Mr. West, who has married 25 same-sex couples without marriage licenses, was sued by a Florida-based group that opposes same-sex marriage. The New York Civil Liberties Union and the American Civil Liberties Union, with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison as co-counsel, is seeking to intervene in Mr. West’s case on behalf of two same-sex couples who want to be married by Mr. West. In papers, the groups also argue that denying same-sex couples the right to marry violates the state Constitution. The case is scheduled for a hearing on April 7. � Tom Perrotta Cleary Gottlieb’s Greene Headed to Citigroup Citigroup has appointed Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton partner Edward Greene general counsel of its global corporate and investment banking division. Mr. Greene, now based in London, will return to New York to take the Citigroup position May 3 and will report to investment banking chief executive Ronald Druskin and global general counsel Michael Helfer. Mr. Greene is a former general counsel at the Securities and Exchange Commission. � Anthony Lin Two Lawyers Charged With Grand Larceny in Westchester Westchester District Attorney Jeanine Pirro charged two attorneys on Friday with grand larceny for allegedly misappropriating funds. Ms. Pirro accused Frazier Davidson of the Bronx with failing to distribute funds from a divorce decree to his client’s wife. Mr. Davidson instead spent most of the $208,394 matrimonial settlement and gave $70,000 to his client, the district attorney said. In an unrelated matter, attorney Peter Katz of Hartsdale was accused of failing to transfer $12,000 from a settlement to his client. � Michael Bobelian Judge Throws Out a Top Count in Tyco Case After sitting through five months of testimony, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Michael Obus threw out one of the most serious charges on Friday against the former chief executive and chief financial officers of Tyco International. Former CEO L. Dennis Kozlowski and former CFO Mark Swartz remain on trial for allegedly stealing $170 million from Tyco by hiding unapproved pay and bonuses and by abusing loan programs. Justice Obus dismissed the enterprise corruption charge against the pair, who also are accused of illegally making another $430 million by pumping up the value of Tyco stock through lies about the company’s finances from 1995 to 2002. The two are still charged with grand larceny, falsifying business records and violating state business laws. � Associated Press Court Professionalism Award Nominees Sought The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the American Inns of Court are seeking nominations for the third annual American Inns of Court Professionalism Award in the Second Circuit. Nominations must be received no later than April 30. For more information, call (703) 684-3590, ext. 102. Personal Notes on LawyersFlamhaft, Levy, Kamins, Hirsch & Rendeiro has named retired Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Edward M. Rappaport as counsel. � Enrique Ball has been named director of development at Lawyers Alliance for New York, the leading provider of pro bono business law services to nonprofits serving disadvantaged communities. � Golenbock, Eiseman, Assor, Bell & Peskoe has announced the election of four new partners: Douglas L. Furth, bankruptcy and business restructuring group, Richard S. Kaplan, corporate practice group, and Robin E. Silverman and Adam C. Silverstein, litigation group.

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