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Administrative Judge to Run Locally to Avoid 5-County Race Supreme Court Justice Francis A. Nicolai, administrative judge of the five-county Ninth Judicial District, whose 14-year term expires this year, will run for the Westchester County Court rather than for Supreme Court. The prospects for a Democrat like Justice Nicolai running in a Westchester race are excellent, while the five-county race can be “very difficult to win on the Democratic line alone,” said George D. Latimer, chairman of the Westchester Democratic Party. Justice Nicolai’s election as a County Court judge would pose no obstacle to his remaining as administrative judge for the Ninth District, which covers Putnam, Dutchess, Rockland and Orange counties as well as Westchester. Historically, both major parties have cross-endorsed incumbent administrative judges in the Ninth District, sources said, but this year there is no indication so far that the Republicans are willing to cross-endorse Justice Nicolai. � Daniel Wise Skadden Trio Joins Latham & Watkins Latham & Watkins has hired three corporate partners from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Marc P. Hanrahan, Ronan M. Wicks and Marcus J. Dougherty will join the New York office of Los Angeles-based Latham as partners specializing in the representation of banks and other financial institutions. The firm said yesterday the trio is expected to work with clients including Credit Suisse First Boston, Goldman Sachs & Co. and the Royal Bank of Scotland. Messrs. Hanrahan and Wicks joined Skadden together in 1998 from the New York office of O’Melveny & Myers, while Mr. Dougherty joined Skadden in 2000 from the British firm Norton Rose. Latham has more than 1,600 lawyers worldwide, with about 275 in New York. � Anthony Lin Thelen Reid Hires Two Dewey Ballantine Veterans Two veteran private equity partners from New York’s Dewey Ballantine have joined Thelen Reid & Priest. E. Ann Gill and Richard A. Stenberg will both become partners in the New York office of San Francisco-based Thelen Reid with a focus on private equity financings and transactions. Thelen Reid, best known for its work in the construction and infrastructure industry, was the product of a 1998 merger between San Franciso’s Thelen, Marrin, Johnson & Bridges and New York’s Reid & Priest. The firm has about 450 lawyers worldwide, with 136 in New York. � Anthony Lin Wife Loses Bid to Void Prenuptial Agreement The Appellate Division, Second Department, has reversed a ruling that granted summary judgment to the wife of novelist Nelson DeMille in her bid to vacate the couple’s prenuptial agreement signed in 1988. In Monday’s decision, the appeals panel held that Virginia DeMille’s challenges to the agreement were governed by a six-year statute of limitations, which applies to contracts. The unsigned opinion in DeMille v. DeMille, 09843-02, reversed a Nassau County Supreme Court ruling that allowed Ms. DeMille’s claims to rescind the agreement to proceed. The Second Department held that the exception to the statute of limitations cited by the lower court was available only as a defense. The best-selling author’s novels include “The Gold Coast,” “The General’s Daughter” and “Plum Island.” � Leigh Jones Treece Honored by Albany Law U.S. Magistrate Judge Randolph F. Treece recently received the 2004 Albany Law School Distinguished Alumni in Government Award. A federal judge since 2001, Magistrate Judge Treece is the first non-white to sit in the judiciary in upstate New York since the 1890s. He is a former counsel to state Comptroller H. Carl McCall, first deputy capital defender, assistant attorney general and assistant public defender in Rensselaer County. The award was presented at the Executive Mansion in Albany. � John Caher

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