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STEVENS ENDS HER FIGHT AGAINST DISBARMENT Pamela Stevens, wife of Nikolai Tehin Jr., the San Francisco lawyer now on trial in federal court for stealing more than $2 million in client funds, submitted her resignation from the Bar on Thursday. The 52-year-old woman, facing disbarment for similar charges, gave no reason for giving up after fighting disbarment for more than two years. She has been on inactive status since Aug. 18, 2002. State Bar Deputy Trial Counsel Kevin Taylor, who was preparing to prosecute Stevens in State Bar Court, said her decision was “the appropriate resolution given the facts of the case. She finally came to see that.” As with her 57-year-old husband, who resigned his practice on Jan. 29, Stevens had been accused of stealing money from poor and disabled clients to support a lavish lifestyle. Taylor said Stevens had failed to protect her clients or properly oversee her accounts. “It’s our position that if she hadn’t resigned, she would have suffered a disbarment,” he said. “What we’ve done is our best and most effective way of protecting the public.” Stevens could not be reached for comment. A graduate of Hastings College of the Law, Stevens was admitted to the Bar in 1978. Her resignation isn’t final until accepted by the California Supreme Court. — Mike McKee GRAY CARY PARTNER MOVES TO MCDERMOTT After a 22-year career at Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich, litigation partner David Dolkas has jumped to McDermott, Will & Emery’s Palo Alto office. “I looked at the marketplace and made an assessment that [McDermott] was the best place for someone like me,” Dolkas said. He said he was drawn to the firm’s high-risk, complex cases, its teamwork and conservative approach to running its business. Dolkas joined McDermott’s intellectual property department Wednesday. He is at least the eighth partner to leave Gray Cary this year. Most recently, litigator Jeffrey Lederman joined Winston & Strawn’s San Francisco office after two decades with Gray Cary. “When people of your own vintage leave, it gets you thinking and makes it easier to leave,” Dolkas said. Dolkas joined Gray Cary in 1982 after graduating from the University of San Diego School of Law. Among his recent cases, he represented Network Solutions Inc. in litigation over the sex.com domain name. The original owner of the name sued Network Solutions for transferring ownership to someone else. That case settled in February. Dolkas also was part of the Gray Cary team representing Bayer Corp. in litigation following the 2001 recall of its anti-cholesterol drug Baycol. Dolkas is the fifth lateral partner to join McDermott’s California offices since January. It now has about 50 lawyers in its Silicon Valley outpost. — Brenda Sandburg NYC IN CONTEMPT FOR HOLDING PROTESTERS NEW YORK — As arrests related to the Republican National Convention continued to trickle into the court system Thursday, Acting Justice John Cataldo held the city in contempt for failing to comply with his orders to release protesters within 24 hours of their arrests. Justice Cataldo said he is empowered to impose a fine of $1,000 for each protester held that long, and that the total will mount as time passes, according to a spokesman for the Office of Court Administration. Earlier in the day, the judge ordered the immediate release of 560 protesters who had been detained for more than 24 hours without arraignment. In ordering the release, Justice Cataldo described the arrested protesters as “victims,” some of whom had been held more than 45 or 50 hours and, in one instance, as long as 66 hours. According to an inventory prepared for court officials at 8 a.m. Thursday, 470 of the protesters had been held 36 hours or more without an arraignment. Between Aug. 26 and Wednesday, the police department reported 1,769 convention-related arrests at demonstrations around the city. The vast majority of the arrests were for charges such as disorderly conduct or marching without a permit. City Corporation Counsel Michael Cardozo, in opposing the release order, attributed the delays to the fact that no one “contemplated that there would be 1,200 arrests within a four-hour period.” In an interview, Cardozo called that level of arrests “overwhelming and unprecedented.” — New York Law Journal

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