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EX-INS COUNSEL TO LEAD GEORGETOWN LAW Georgetown University has chosen a constitutional and immigration scholar to lead its law school. Effective July 1, T. Alexander Aleinikoff — professor, author, and former Clinton administration official — will become executive vice president and dean of Georgetown University Law Center. He replaces Dean Judith Areen, who is stepping down after serving 15 years in the post. “This is such a good place at the moment that to lead it and to serve it is just a great opportunity,” Aleinikoff says. The search committee was required to submit at least three prospects to Georgetown President John DeGioia. The school declines to reveal the other candidates or the salary it will pay the new dean. In 1997, Aleinikoff joined Georgetown’s faculty, where he taught classes on immigration, refugee, and constitutional law. He has written more than 50 books and articles in these areas. In the mid-1990s, Aleinikoff served in the Clinton administration as Immigration and Naturalization Service general counsel and associate commissioner for programs. Before that he taught at the University of Michigan Law School. “[Aleinikoff] has both the talent and the temperament to be a great dean,” Areen says of her successor, who will serve at least one five-year term. Aleinikoff is looking ahead to the changes in legal education, particularly training students to function in other legal systems. “That’s a whole new world for legal education,” he says. David Martin, Aleinikoff’s co-author of an immigration law casebook, says the future dean is an innovative thinker. “I think that will mean Georgetown will be a very exciting place to be for a long time to come.” Meanwhile, Areen, who announced her retirement from the position last spring, will return for her 33rd year on Georgetown’s faculty, after a one-year sabbatical. She will revise casebooks she authored and start writing new books, including one on women in higher education. Areen has received accolades for her service at Georgetown. She counts among her accomplishments recruitment of much of the faculty, increased financial aid for students, and a decrease in the number of full-time-equivalent students in the law school that has the largest enrollment in the country. In 1998, Areen was almost forced out by former university president the Rev. Leo O’Donovan, but support from faculty, students, and alumni secured her position for another five years. Although her successor does not take the post until July, the transition has begun. Aleinikoff has already received several suggestions for the law school, but says he doesn’t mind: “I hope that will continue.” — Christine Hines BIG-NAME SUPPORT Some well-known lawyers are jumping into the continuing imbroglio over lobbyist Jack Abramoff, whose unusual fee arrangements with several Indian tribe clients led to his abrupt departure from Greenberg Traurig’s D.C. office last month. Stephen Braga of Baker Botts confirms that he is representing Michael Scanlon, a public relations executive, colleague of Abramoff’s, and former Greenberg employee who allegedly received $31 million from Indian tribes in three years. As reported by Roll Call, Scanlon has also tapped Plato Cacheris of Baker & McKenzie. According to an attorney close to the matter, Greenberg has hired Williams & Connolly partners Gregory Craig and Kevin Downey to represent the firm in an ongoing congressional probe. A Williams & Connolly spokeswoman declines comment. Cacheris did not return a call. Last month, Abramoff retained Abbe Lowell of Chadbourne & Parke. Last week, Abramoff signed on as a consultant for Cassidy & Associates, where he will refer clients to the firm, but will not do lobbying. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is preparing to hold hearings soon on Abramoff’s fee arrangements. — Jonathan Groner NOMINATED The D.C. Judicial Nomination Commission has sent the names of six lawyers to President George W. Bush for two vacancies on D.C. Superior Court. One of the openings is to replace Family Court Judge Nan Shuker, who stepped down in January. The seven-member commission nominated three current Family Court magistrate judges for that position: Diane Brenneman, S. Pamela Gray, and Juliet McKenna. The other vacancy was due to the retirement of Judge Shellie Bowers. The nominees for that seat are Laura Cordero, an executive assistant U.S. attorney in D.C.; Randell Norton, a civil trial lawyer at Thompson, O’Donnell, Markham, Norton & Hannon; and Phyllis Thompson, a Covington & Burling partner. — Tom Schoenberg SHOE BUSINESS Caryn Schenewerk is prodding the “high-heel vote” to the polls — and against President George W. Bush’s re-election. Targeting 20-something professional women, Schenewerk founded Women Against Bush on March 26. Billed as an outreach to “fun, fashionable, fed-up women whose bras are too attractive to burn,” the group promises political activism via brunch dates and spa treatments. “We’re not trying to get people to do something crazy or outside of their comfort zone,” Schenewerk says. “We’re boiling it down to points that matter to this particular demographic.” The 26-year-old East Texas native is an associate at Stewart and Stewart, though she stresses that her work on Women Against Bush is strictly separate from the firm. She says she’s already heard from women in Massachusetts and California interested in starting Women Against Bush affiliates in their areas. With a social calendar that includes group yoga and an April 1 launch party at the restaurant Local 16, the unauthorized political committee — part of an umbrella group called Running in Heels — keeps its message basic: Bush policies have eroded women’s privacy and medical rights, and reduced job prospects. “At the end of the day, we want them to feel like they do have a reason for voting against Bush,” Schenewerk says. “If we don’t act, we’ve kind of lost.” — Lily Henning TRIP TROUBLE Harry Edwards‘ term as chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ended in 2001, but it looks as if he’s about to land one touchy assignment normally handled by the chief. Last week, Douglas Kendall of the Community Rights Council filed a judicial ethics complaint against current Chief Judge Douglas Ginsburg, alleging that Ginsburg should not sit on the board of the Foundation for Research in Economics and the Environment, a nonprofit that sponsors private trips for judges. Kendall says the group is opposed to most environmental regulation — thus taking a view on an issue often before the court — so Ginsburg should step down. Under the judicial-misconduct law, such complaints are first reviewed by the chief judge, but if the chief is the subject of the complaint, that job goes to the next-most-senior judge on the court. In this case, that’s Edwards, and he would be the first judge asked to make the call on whether there’s enough in Kendall’s complaint to merit a longer look. Edwards was unavailable for comment, and Ginsburg did not return a call. — Jonathan Groner IN THE RUNNING The D.C. Bar has selected two U.S. Department of Justice lawyers as candidates for bar president — the first time two government attorneys have gone up against each other for the post. Either Jonathan Rusch, special counsel for fraud prevention in the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section, or John Cruden, deputy assistant attorney general in the Environment and Natural Resources Division, will be president-elect for the 2004-05 term. Rusch says the fact that two lawyers in the public sector were tapped as candidates for the top office sends a message that the Bar intends on serving all segments of the population, not just private firms. Though he appreciates public service and his candidacy in the race, he has no ambitions to run for government office. “I think this kind of election is more than enough for me.” Cruden was a candidate last year, but lost to President-elect John Keeney Jr. “I learned a lot in the process,” Cruden says. “I had not expected to be nominated again.” — Christine Hines VIRGINIA REEL Williams & Connolly partner Kenneth Smurzynski is representing Virginia Democrats suing a group of former Republican officials for eavesdropping. In a lawsuit filed on March 19 in the U.S. District Court in Richmond, the Democrats say the defendants — former Virginia GOP Executive Director Edmund Matricardi, former state party Chairman Gary Thompson, former House of Delegates Speaker S. Vance Wilkins Jr., and an aide — engaged in “malicious” behavior by eavesdropping on and using information from conference calls in March 2002 during which Democrats discussed legal strategy for a pending redistricting lawsuit. Matricardi pleaded guilty last year to wiretapping charges. “The defendants’ eavesdropping and use of the intercepted call was disgraceful,” says Smurzynski. The Democrats are seeking unspecified damages. If the plaintiffs recover any money, at least some of it will be donated to organizations promoting ethical political conduct, according to a press release from Williams &Connolly. — Marie Beaudette MALL MADNESS Ringed with concrete barriers and security walls, the Mall is a mess, says a group of community activists. What’s more, the National Coalition to Save Our Mall argues the contracts that made it that way are illegal. Represented by Arnold & Porter D.C. partner Joseph West, the coalition on March 16 requested an investigation into the contract by the inspector general at the Department of the Interior. The group says that the National Park Service avoided government procurement regulations when it modified a 1998 contract with Grunley-Walsh Joint Venture to “stabilize and preserve the Washington Monument,” raising the cost cap for work from $5 million to $40 million and not soliciting bids for new projects it added to the contract. The inspector general’s office declined comment on the investigation request. — Lily Henning A HELPING HAND Whitman-Walker Clinic‘s Legal Services Program raised more than $160,000 at its ninth annual fund-raising benefit on March 24 — doubling the amount it pulled in last year. Twenty law firms sponsored the “Going the Extra Mile” event, which supports legal services for people with HIV/AIDS. ( Legal Times was also an event sponsor.) Among the biggest contributors were Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, with $10,000; Hogan & Hartson donated $7,500; Venable, Wiley Rein & Fielding, and Arnold & Porter managing director James Sandman each pitched in $5,000. At a time when the number of people with HIV is reaching an all-time high and with the clinic facing a budget crunch, every penny helps, says Daniel Bruner, the program’s associate director. Venable received the program’s Going the Extra Mile Award for its work with two of the program’s clinics. Also honored was Laura Flegel, the program’s longtime director, who will step down April 16. Flegel has been with the program since 1992 and “wants to pursue other options,” says Chip Lewis, a clinic spokesman. Flegel could not be reached for comment. At the event, she received the Joel A. Toubin Award for her advocacy work. The award is named for former D.C. Bar President Rob Weiner‘s brother-in-law, who died of AIDS in 1991. — Alicia Upano

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