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PERSONAL STRUGGLE LEADS S.F. ATTORNEY TO STEM CELL PANEL San Francisco Deputy City Attorney David Serrano Sewell was finishing his last semester at law school and preparing for the bar exam when he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Nearly three years later, he’s getting a chance to chime in on the state’s new stem cell research funding program, which supporters hope will lead to a cure for the neurological disorder and other diseases. When voters passed Proposition 71 last month, they gave the state the green light to issue nearly $3 billion in bonds over the next decade to fund stem cell research. And last week, California’s lieutenant governor appointed Serrano Sewell to the 29-member committee that will oversee the new California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, which will dole out the grants and loans and establish regulatory standards. The Independent Citizen’s Oversight Committee was to hold its first meeting Friday. Serrano Sewell, who works in the city attorney’s port division, says he wants to make sure patients’ voices are heard from his seat on the unpaid committee. He expects to draw on his past work in politics: Before law school at Golden Gate University, he spent six years working on political campaigns and later at City Hall as an aide to then-Mayor Willie Brown. He also has experience as a volunteer with the Northern California chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Serrano Sewell was among two nominees from the National MS Society’s California chapters for a seat reserved for an advocate for multiple sclerosis or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, said Stewart Ferry, director of advocacy for the society’s California chapters. Serrano Sewell, a volunteer on the society’s government relations committee, went to Washington, D.C., for the group’s national public policy conference, Ferry noted. “He’s very, very passionate about MS research, understanding it and advocating for more funding.” “Since my diagnosis, a few things keep me going,” said Serrano Sewell, citing his wife, family, circle of friends, “and my fundamental belief that through scientific research, we can find cures.” Pam Smith CRY, THE BELOVED CLIENT The incoming president of the San Francisco Bar Association used his inaugural address as a rallying cry for liberalism. “Let the word go forth — to red and blue states,” James Finberg, exhorted his audience at the annual luncheon earlier this month. “The lawyers of San Francisco have moral values.” The Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein partner invoked the values of such greats as Martin Luther King Jr., Statue of Liberty poet Emma Lazarus and Nazi resister Martin Niem � ller to extol an agenda of social justice — feeding the hungry, advocating for gay marriage rights and promoting diversity in law firms. “In Germany, they came first for the communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a communist. Then they came for the Jews�” said Finberg, invoking Niem � ller’s famous statement that ends, “and then they came for me — and by that time no one was left to speak up.” Then Finberg drove home a point close to the plaintiff bar. “Remember Martin Niem � ller and Emma Lazarus when the tort ‘reform’ legislation and class action ‘reform’ legislation starts rolling out,” Finberg instructed his audience. “Next year, there will be attempts to close the courtroom doors to my clients. The year after, it could be your clients.” — Marie-Anne Hogarth JENNIFER WATCH: FINALE In the end Jennifer Massey didn’t just lose, she got slaughtered. During the live season finale of “The Apprentice,” Donald Trump asked business colleagues in the studio audience whom they would hire. One after another, they raved about Massey’s final antagonist, software entrepreneur and West Point grad Kelly Perdew. “Kelly is the guy who really stepped up,” said Bill Rancic, whom Trump selected as his apprentice in the show’s first season. “He made mistakes, owned up to them, and delivered results.” Amy Henry, who competed in the first season with Rancic, concurred. She said she wanted to see a woman win this season, but characterized Massey as a bit confrontational and “afraid to step up and take leadership.” And on and on it went, as Massey’s abrasiveness and weak win-loss record came back to haunt her. The 30-year-old associate from the Palo Alto office of Clifford Chance was forced to watch her own dismemberment on a TV monitor, her fixed smile wavering only a little. The drubbing got so bad that another contestant objected to her getting “thrown under the bus” during the three-hour show, part of which was held before a raucous audience at Lincoln Center in New York City. Massey did fairly well at managing her final task, a charity basketball tournament featuring NBA players. She and her minions kept sponsors from hyperventilating and made sure the players had plenty of video games and Xboxes to entertain them in their down time. But Trump was miffed that Massey hadn’t spent more time with him at the event and hadn’t said goodbye when he abruptly zoomed off in his personal helicopter. Massey had assigned that chore to an assistant, Pamela, but she blew it, uttering a deleted expletive as Trump whirred away. Massey was not without her supporters, including George Ross, one of Trump’s two sidekicks on the show. “I see fire in Jen,” he said. “She’s abrasive but that can be polished.” Her boss, John Carroll, Clifford Chance’s managing partner for the Americas, also was on hand to root for her. “She’s smart, tough and has business savvy,” Carroll told Trump from the audience. “You’d be making a mistake not to hire her.” But Massey’s supporters were heavily outnumbered by Perdew’s. One former boss, an Army lieutenant colonel, said he’d been proud to lead Perdew, a onetime paratrooper, and “would be as equally proud to be led” by him. Massey made a strong pitch for herself in the boardroom, trying to convince Trump he should hire her. “I’ve risen to the top of every organization I’ve been a part of,” she said, citing Princeton, Harvard and her law firm. “I lead in a quieter way than Kelly. I don’t grandstand.” When Trump pointed out that Perdew’s win-loss record was far better than hers, Massey complained that there’d been a lot of backstabbing on the women’s team. She said no project manager had ever pulled her into the boardroom and that the managers had always identified her as one of the strongest players. “She’s always impressive in the boardroom,” Perdew told Trump. “I’m impressive in real life,” Massey shot back. But Trump wasn’t convinced. “Your teammates didn’t like you very much,” Trump told Massey. “And you lost quite a bit.” Trying to maintain the drama to the end despite overwhelming audience support for Perdew, Trump said he wasn’t sure his military background would translate well in the business world. “Nevertheless,” he told Massey, “I have to say, you’re fired.” Fired this week: JenBrenda Sandburg

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