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O’Connor is going, but what about her clerks? Now that supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor has announced her retirement, what happens to her brand-new law clerks? They are Benjamin Horwich, a Stanford Law School grad; Amy Kapczynski, a graduate of Yale; and Alexander Volokh from Harvard. One will likely stay on, since retired justices are assigned one clerk. The other two could be redistributed to, or shared with, other justices’ chambers; they could be made available to O’Connor’s successor; or they could be offered the chance to reapply to the court next term. Or, conceivably, the clerks could be shown the door. After Powell retired abruptly in late June 1987, two of the three law clerks who suddenly were out on the street had jobs by August. Calif. high court settles long-running habeas fight The California Supreme Court settled a venue fight last week that has had trial courts lobbing cases back and forth for years in what one appellate jurist had labeled a “tennis match.” The justices held that habeas corpus writs filed by lifer inmates attacking parole decisions must be handled in the jurisdictions in which the prisoners were sentenced, not in those in which they locked up. In re Roberts, 05 C.D.O.S. 6388. Enron task force director slated to step down Andrew Weissmann will step down as director of the Enron Task Force, a group of federal prosecutors and FBI and Internal Revenue Service agents investigating the collapse of Enron Corp. One of the original members of the task force, he has served as its director for the past 17 months. John Richter, acting assistant attorney general in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, did not reveal the date of Weissmann’s departure or his future job plans in the July 18 press release. Weissmann did not return a telephone message seeking comment on July 18. In 2002, Weissmann was the lead prosecutor in the obstruction of justice trial of Arthur Andersen, Enron’s former accounting firm. Andersen was convicted of obstruction of justice, but the U.S. Supreme Court recently overturned the conviction. 9th Circuit: Unabomber papers must be sold A federal appeals court last week ordered the government to sell Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski’s writings and other materials seized in 1996 from his Montana cabin, and use the proceeds to compensate his victims. Kaczynski pleaded guilty in 1998 to a nearly 20-year bombing spree that killed three people and wounded 23. The U.S. government wanted to keep his autobiography and other writings. A panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously said that the government’s plan was “untenable,” and that the property should be sold for whatever it can fetch in the marketplace. Holland & Knight takes group from Beveridge Holland & Knight has poached a 10-lawyer group from Washington’s Beveridge & Diamond, leaving the 80-lawyer environmental law firm with just a handful of attorneys on the West Coast. Land-use partners Jennifer Hernandez and Elizabeth Lake, who worked mainly out of Beveridge’s San Francisco office, started the exodus when they joined Holland’s Bay Area outpost last week. They are being joined by five associates and one senior counsel, who will work in San Francisco, and one of counsel and one associate, who will work out of Holland’s Los Angeles office. John Hanson, a member of Beveridge’s management committee, said the firm was considering closing the Los Angeles and Sacramento, Calif., offices, although it wants to rebuild in San Francisco, where it opened in 1989. The firm has offices on the East Coast and Texas. Child’s in India, but she gets U.S.-level support A father who remains stateside while his child and her mother live back in India must pay child support according to U.S. guidelines, in spite of his protests that doing so would effectively render his wife and child “millionaires” in their homeland, a Pennsylvania Superior Court panel has ruled in an apparent case of first impression. In Nischal v. Nischal, the judges affirmed a lower court decision to order Manu Nischal to pay $498 per month to support his 3-year-old daughter, who lives in India with mother Sudha Nischal. “[Manu] moved to the United States where he greatly increased his earning capacity and his standard of living, yet he argues that his daughter should not now be allowed to benefit from his good fortunes,” Senior Judge Peter Paul Olszewski wrote.

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