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Top Aides to AG Gonzales Depart Justice After just seven months on the job, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ two closest aides — chief of staff Theodore Ullyot and senior counselor Raul Yanes — have resigned from their posts at the Justice Department, leading some to speculate that their boss might be slated to fill the open seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. • Wilmer Has New Marketing Name Just months after the passing of legendary lawyers Lloyd Cutler and John Pickering, the law firm that bore their names is now wiping them from its title — sort of. • Katrina Damage Moves Clement to Virginia Fifth Circuit appeals court judge Edith Brown Clement, whose New Orleans courthouse was damaged by Hurricane Katrina, has set up shop in Charlottesville, Va. • O’Connor Preps For New Supreme Court Term A sure sign that Justice Sandra Day O’Connor is preparing for a longer-than-expected pre-retirement tenure on the Court: She has hired back one of her four law clerks from last term. • Katrina Impacts Supreme Court Docket The High Court pulled from its November argument calendar an employment discrimination case based out of New Orleans. • Philippine Government Backs Away From Venable Contract In late July, Venable partners James Jatras and James Pitts flew to the Philippines to arrange a lucrative contract lobbying for the Philippine government. But the government backed away from the arrangement after its disclosure in the Philippine press this month ignited a firestorm of criticism from opponents of the beleaguered administration of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. • New Committee on Judicial Security Chooses Sentelle Judge David Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has been picked to head a new committee on judicial security. The 10-member committee chaired by Sentelle, who was chosen earlier this month, will make policy recommendations to the Judicial Conference. • D.C. Superior Court Senior Judge Steffen Graae Passes Away Graae, who was 64, took senior status in July 2004 after more than two decades on the bench, and is perhaps best remembered for placing D.C.’s beleaguered public housing agency into receivership in the mid 1990s.

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