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REED SMITH LAUNCHES UNIVERSITY. WILL THERE BE FRATS? The Wharton School helped make Donald Trump a mogul. Now Reed Smith wants to see what the University of Pennsylvania’s storied institution can do for a few of its lawyers. In October, Reed Smith will send 60 lawyers to a six-day leadership school at Wharton as part of a new training program called Reed Smith University. The firm is collaborating with Wharton to develop courses to teach its employees about leadership in schools of business, technology, professional support and law. “We recognize that none of us learned about leadership and management in law school,” said John Smith III, a Philadelphia partner on the executive committee who is also the chancellor of RSU. The initiative resulted from an overhaul of the firm’s old training programs, said Oakland partner Mike Buckley, who will be dean of RSU’s School of Technology. Like many businesses, Reed Smith was accustomed to sending workers to group sessions where they learned how to use Microsoft Word or how to navigate the filing system. Now, the training will be structured around tasks, like how to draft a sale agreement. Instead of forcing workers to sit in classrooms, some courses will be taught on DVDs or via the Internet, Buckley said. Several other large corporations, such as Motorola Inc. and Merrill Lynch & Co., have partnered with Wharton to create university-themed training programs, Smith said, but Reed Smith is the first law firm to do so. RSU won’t give lawyers The Donald’s flamboyant management style, but it will prep them for the legal industry’s rapid changes, he said. “This is about management skills, strategic thinking and managing change,” he said. — Jahna Berry FAKING MARTHA What do you do with a defendant who brings a vase of flowers to court and hands out freshly baked cookies to jurors when she takes the stand? If you’re Cristina Arguedas of Emeryville’s Arguedas, Cassman & Headley and you’re role-playing as a prosecutor of a faux Martha Stewart, you take her apart. That’s what happened earlier this year at an event put on by the Edward J. McFetridge American Inn of Court. Now Arguedas is getting ready to reprise her role as a federal prosecutor. On Sept. 8, the Bar Association of San Francisco will restage the courtroom drama. The exercise, which will count for MCLE credit, is intended to demonstrate what might have happened had Stewart taken the stand during her recent trial, when she was convicted of lying to government investigators. Matthew Jacobs, an assistant U.S. attorney, will play Stewart’s defense attorney. His Inn of Court group picked the high-profile case because it raises interesting legal issues and people are familiar with it. But the real reason to attend Sept. 8, he said, is to see Arguedas in action. Arguedas “is one of the best, if not the best in the state” when it comes to cross-examination, Jacobs said. “It’s painful to see her destroy my client.” “It’s something people should be willing to pay money for,” Jacobs added. Ticket prices range from $50 to $70. U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph Spero will play the judge. Assistant Federal Public Defender Hilary Fox, who is married to Jacobs, will serve as moderator. And Elizabeth Frohlich of Steefel, Levitt & Weiss, decked out in a blonde wig, will play Stewart. — Jeff Chorney A LEG UP Drinking and driving don’t mix — except when it comes to supporting a certain law firm advocacy group. Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc. has become the latest financial sponsor of the National Association of Minority and Women-Owned Law Firms, also known as NAMWOLF. The St. Louis-based beer king joins Harley-Davidson Inc. as a bronze corporate donor, which means both companies kicked in $2,500 to the cause. NAMWOLF is a Milwaukee-based trade association that helps minority- and women-owned law firms partner with corporations to increase their business. Walnut Creek-based Livingston Law Firm, owned by Renee Livingston, for instance, is a member. Corporate partners, who commit to at least trying to further business with minority- and women-owned firms, include Del Monte Foods Co., Hitachi Ltd. and Accenture. — Adrienne Sanders

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