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NINTH CIRCUIT JUDGE TASHIMA TO RETIRE Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Judge A. Wallace Tashima, one of the court’s more liberal members, will move to senior status in June, the court announced. Tashima, who was a district judge for 16 years, was appointed to the appeals court by President Clinton in 1996. He was the second Asian-American on the Ninth Circuit bench after Herbert Choy, who died two weeks ago. Before becoming a judge, Tashima was in private practice and was counsel and vice president at Amstar Corp. Tashima is scheduled to move to senior status June 30, just a few days after his 70th birthday. He will continue to hear cases at a reduced rate and will still draw his $166,500 salary. A member of the court’s moderate liberal contingent, Tashima is known for being a stickler for due process and for his reluctance to automatically defer to the government. To explain his approach and temperament, some point to Tashima’s experience as a child during World War II, when he and his family were sent to a Japanese internment camp. In a speech after Sept. 11, 2001, Tashima discussed that experience in light of the government’s current war on terrorism. Tashima’s move creates a third vacancy on the appeals court. Although President Bush will have plenty of time to nominate someone to fill Tashima’s shoes, it’s unlikely the nominee would be confirmed before the November presidential election. Bush already has two other Ninth Circuit nominees pending, William Gerry Myers III of Idaho and Carolyn Kuhl of California. Myers has yet to have a hearing scheduled before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Kuhl’s nomination has bogged down amid controversy. — Jeff Chorney PAUL, HASTINGS NAMES HEAD OF JAPAN OFFICE Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker has tapped Toshiyuki Arai, a Japanese partner from the firm’s Los Angeles’ headquarters, to lead the firm’s Japan-China practice. Arai will divide his time between the firm’s Beijing and Shanghai offices. “Our extensive international experience allows us to help our Japanese clients to successfully develop their business activities in China,” Arai said. His practice focuses on strategic alliances, foreign investments and financial transactions involving cross-border issues. He has worked on U.S.-Japan, U.S.-China and Japan-China cross-border transactions in banking, acquisitions and joint ventures. Admitted to the Japanese bar in 1985, Arai received his LL.M. from Cornell Law School in 1988. Arai joined 950-lawyer Paul, Hastings in 1991 and became partner in 1995. — Adrienne Sanders

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