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San Francisco On March 16, media attorney Karl Olson will receive a 2005 James Madison Freedom of Information Award for his work in First Amendment and Freedom of Information cases. Olson, a San Francisco native and co-founder of Levy, Ram & Olson, represented the Contra Costa Times — in a case now on appeal — in forcing the city of Oakland to release salary information. He has also successfully represented the San Francisco Chronicle, the California First Amendment Coalition and many others. Olson received his J.D. from Hastings College of the Law in 1982. Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe has reelected its chairman and CEO, Ralph Baxter Jr., to serve another three-year term, his sixth as head of the firm. Baxter founded the firm’s employment practice in 1980. Under his leadership, Orrick has expanded from a 250-lawyer domestic law firm to a 700-lawyer firm with 14 offices on three continents. Timothy Parker was elected to partner by Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham. Parker, a 1987 graduate of Hastings College of the Law, specializes in investment management and securities law. Benjamin Riley has joined Howrey Simon Arnold & White. Riley, an experienced business trial lawyer with 20 cases tried to verdict, comes to the firm from Cooley Godward. He received his J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law in 1983. David Lowe has been made a partner at Rudy, Exelrod & Zieff. Lowe is a graduate of Boalt Hall School of Law. North Bay The nonprofit Legal Aid for Napa Valley has named Karen Stevenson its executive director. Stevenson’s former posts include general counsel and vice president of Knight Ridder; a partner at Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin; and chief legal officer of Transamerica Corp. She is a graduate of Boalt Hall School of Law. South Bay Ann Caviani Pease, who practices patent law for clients in the life science, pharmaceutical and chemical industries, has joined Dechert as a partner in its intellectual property and business and technology groups. Pease, who has a Ph.D. in biophysical chemistry, comes to the firm’s Palo Alto office from Dorsey & Whitney. She received her J.D. from Stanford Law School. East Bay Prominent water attorney Roderick Walston has joined Best Best & Krieger in the firm’s Walnut Creek office. Walston, former acting solicitor of the U.S. Department of the Interior, has extensive experience in the areas of natural resources and environmental law. He earned his J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1961. Third-year law students Bryn Martyna and Laura Townsend have been awarded fellowships from the Skadden Fellowship Foundation and Equal Justice Works, respectively, and will be joining the National Center for Youth Law this fall. Several recipients of the prestigious fellowships have joined the staff of NCYL, an Oakland-based nonprofit that works on behalf of poor children. Rudloff Wood & Barrows in Emeryville has made J. Hadrian Klinkner its newest associate. Klinkner is a 1998 graduate of Fordham Law School. Southern California Pillsbury Winthrop has added Dulcie Brand to its corporate and securities practice in Los Angeles. Brand, who has counted CalPERS among her clients, specializes in complex limited partner investments and direct investments. She was previously a partner with Jones Day, and received her J.D. from George Washington University Law School. Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham has elected Christopher Kondon to be partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Kondon focuses on employment and labor as well as litigation, and received his J.D. from Loyola Law School.

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