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BALLOT MEASURE MAY HELP EASE LAME-DUCK ELECTIONS As it stands now, if a new public defender in San Francisco pulls off an electoral win without the need for a runoff, he or she can find themselves standing on the sidelines for up to 10 months while a departing predecessor runs the show. But that awkward lame duck period may soon be chopped to about two months. A charter amendment going before San Francisco voters this fall could bump the public defender and assessor elections from the spring to the fall, the season when the city typically holds votes for other officials, such as mayor or district attorney. According to the amendment’s sponsor, Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, the goal of Proposition E is to save money and minimize the toll on local election workers. But the measure would also abbreviate the lame-duck period for the outgoing PD by moving the election closer to the January inauguration. That would altogether avoid circumstances similar to those Public Defender Jeff Adachi and his predecessor encountered after he challenged her and won in March 2002. Shortly after his victory, but months before he took over, for example, Public Defender Kimiko Burton negotiated the office’s annual budget with city officials. Adachi remarked at the time that she should have been more assertive; he was left with the funds she secured. A change in the electoral calendar could also mean a change in outcome if one candidate is thought to benefit from the normally higher November turnout. And it might even mean a new wardrobe for the season. “It’s a question, for me, of whether to campaign in the rain or the fog, versus the fall,” joked Adachi, who will face re-election next year. “We’ve had nicer falls lately.” � Pam Smith OFFERING UP YOUR HOME FOR CHARITY A week in Paris, poker lessons, a night at game bar Dave & Buster’s � Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe’s annual charity auction on Aug. 4 had it all. A partner and office leader in Los Angeles even threw in his house in the Adirondacks for use during a long weekend. Michael McAndrews quickly added a disclaimer to all interested parties in an e-mail: “My mother-in-law lives next door, but she’s not your mother-in-law. She’s mine.” He ended up putting down the highest bid on his own offer. Some might say that plunking down $650 for a trip to the in-laws is a little too much, but apparently, McAndrews doesn’t mind his. In the end, the firm raised more than $36,000 for Students Rising Above at the event held at its Menlo Park office. The charity was started in 1998 by KRON news anchor Wendy Tokuda to help unprivileged kids reach their educational goals. More than 100 items were auctioned off, including bobblehead dolls of David Syed, Orrick’s managing partner in Europe (who evidently has a good sense of humor). They went for $320 and $310 a piece. Syed could not be reached for comment. This is the firm’s fourth annual charity auction. It has been supporting Students Rising Above since 2003. � Julie O’Shea TECH AFICIONADOS A lot of law firms � especially in Silicon Valley � like to say they’re tech savvy, but how do their own operations stack up? Only two law firms made this year’s CIO Magazine Bold 100 list for companies’ leadership in information technology � and they weren’t the ones you might expect. They were Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, a labor and employment firm that only just opened up shop in Silicon Valley, and Foley & Lardner, which provides corporate legal services. This year’s list was picked around the theme of boldness, recognizing companies that took risks (and hoped for great rewards) in their IT operations. CIO Magazine, which bills itself as a resource for information executives, recognized Paul, Hastings for its computer system that replicates the firm’s databases from Los Angeles to New York every four hours. Meanwhile, Foley was rewarded for an adaptable document review program and for creating a governance system that tracks attorney hours and ensures workloads follow the firm’s overall strategy. � Marie-Anne Hogarth

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