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Cleary Gottlieb to Drop Its Commas Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton has decided it is time to call in the commas. On Jan. 1, the firm will henceforth be known as Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and will also be a limited liability partnership. A Cleary spokeswoman said last week she was not sure of the precise reason the firm is dropping the punctuation but said it is likely that partners decided the firm’s name should be easier to read. In the same vein, Cleary Gottlieb has already jettisoned Steen & Hamilton from its Web page and other marketing materials. Several other firms have joined the name-shortening bandwagon. The firm once known as Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue is now simply Jones Day, and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius is now usually just Morgan Lewis. Holdouts for punctuation include Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. � Anthony Lin AT&T Chief Counsel Joins Kelley Drye AT&T’s former chief counsel for the northeastern United States has joined New York’s Kelley Drye & Warren as a partner. Harry Davidow, who held his position at AT&T for almost 10 years, will join Kelley Drye’s telecommunications practice, where he will concentrate on federal and state utility regulation, antitrust, and litigation as well some transactional matters. As Northeast chief regional counsel, Mr. Davidow oversaw all regulatory and litigation matters for AT&T in New York and New England. Before joining AT&T, he was a lawyer at both Weil, Gotshal & Manges and White & Case. Kelley Drye has 317 lawyers, 196 of whom work in New York. � Anthony Lin Review of WorldCom Bankruptcy Fees Continues Southern District Judge Jed Rakoff is continuing his review of overcharges arising out of the WorldCom bankruptcy. WorldCom, now MCI, emerged from bankruptcy in April, having racked up hundreds of millions of dollars in fees paid to lawyers, accountants, bankers and others that helped the company navigate back to financial health. Weil, Gotshal & Manges was MCI’s lead bankruptcy lawyer. About a dozen other law firms and a host of investment banks and accounting firms played a large role during the bankruptcy. Early in the reorganization process, Judge Rakoff required the firms to submit quarterly budgets to MCI’s corporate monitor, Richard Breeden, to prevent excessive billing. Also, Southern District Bankruptcy Judge Arthur Gonzalez reviewed requests for fees and expenses after they had been incurred. Problems appeared when Judge Rakoff issued a ruling earlier this month criticizing unnamed firms of potentially overcharging MCI by $25 million. In that ruling, he required firms to justify their charges. In his latest ruling, issued Dec. 17, Judge Rakoff held that “it is apparent that substantial payments will need to be paid back by certain of the parties.” He wrote that the court is still reviewing the submissions made by the firms and offered no final figures. Meanwhile, he instructed the clerk of the court to open a bank account to receive overpayments. Some of the money returned to the court might be relayed to MCI. Another portion, the judge said, might be kept “as part of a sanction imposed on the company for its seeming negligence in permitting numerous violations of the Court’s Budgeting Order to occur.” � Michael Bobelian Veterans Group Holds Legal Writing Contest The Paralyzed Veterans of America is holding its second annual legal writing competition. The topic of this year’s competition, which is open to law students and lawyers, is “Should a Veteran be Entitled to Retain a Lawyer for Adjudication of Claims Before the Department of Veterans Affairs?” First prize is $1,250; second prize is $750. Submissions must be received by March 1, 2005. For more information, visit www.pva.org .

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