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Dems Raise Brownie Points With Nominee After former Federal Emergency Management Agency director Michael Brown’s disappointing performance leading the administration’s response to Hurricane Katrina, the latest to find himself in the cross hairs of Senate Democrats is Timothy Flanigan, the president’s pick for Justice Department deputy attorney general. • Roberts Bids Farewell to D.C. Circuit There were toasts and plenty of clerk-shuffling last week at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit as colleagues bid goodbye to newly minted Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. • Court Officials, Not Prosecutor, Announce Guilty Plea Normally, when prosecutors secure a guilty plea in a high-profile case, they’re the first ones to bolt for the microphones. Not so in the case of Pentagon analyst Lawrence Franklin. • Class Action Suit Filed Against D.C. Property Tax Assessments Even at 77, former Covington & Burling lawyer Peter Craig remains a thorn in the side of city government. He filed a class action on behalf of city residents affected by 2002 property tax assessments. • Defamation Suit Against Non-Profit Thrown Out A federal judge in D.C. threw out a defamation suit against the Center for Public Integrity last week. • Former Shaw Partner in a Battle Over Retirement Payments Douglas Woloshin locked in battle with Shaw Pittman over $326,000 in retirement payments, according to court documents in Arlington County Circuit Court. • Alston & Bird to Start Security Practice Four months after stepping down as general counsel of the Department of Homeland Security, Joe Whitley has rejoined Alston & Bird to start up a global security and enforcement practice. • Kirkpatrick Looks to Improve its Health In early 2004, Peter Kalis, chairman of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham, took a look at the waistlines of the firm’s lawyers and staff and noticed something disturbing: an excess of flab.

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