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Conflicted Justice: Roberts Recuses Early The first week of Chief Justice John Roberts Jr.’s tenure on the Supreme Court was going along unremarkably until the final argument was called on Wednesday, Oct. 5: Schaffer v. Weast, a dispute over special education law that originated in Montgomery County, Md. Suddenly, Roberts got up and left the bench, a signal that he was recusing himself from the case. • Flanigan Withdraws Name for Deputy AG Post The nomination of Tyco lawyer Timothy Flanigan to serve as the Justice Department’s deputy attorney general clearly hit a few bumps in recent weeks. Still, Flanigan’s decision to withdraw his name from consideration late last week came as a surprise — even to those working to defeat him. • Senate Confirms Two Nominees to D.C. Courts The U.S. Senate last week confirmed two nominees to D.C. judgeships. • Search is on for New White House Counsel Most of official Washington spent last week focused on the nomination of Harriet Miers to replace Supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. But at least a few D.C. lawyers were also thinking about who might be tapped to replace Miers as White House counsel. • Liberal Groups Protest Miers Less Liberal interest groups that loudly opposed the nomination of Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. let out nary a murmur last week about Harriet Miers. • Miers’ Former Firm Opening D.C Outpost Coincidence or savvy marketing? While Harriet Miers was basking — and sometimes frying — in the limelight of her nomination to the Supreme Court last week, her former firm, Locke Liddell & Sapp, was trying to make headlines of its own with the opening of a long-planned D.C. outpost. • Scalia Grand Marshall of N.Y. Columbus Day Parade Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia often says judges should avoid the spotlight. But he apparently could not resist when he was invited to be the grand marshal of the highly visible Columbus Day Parade in New York City on Oct. 10. • Reed Smith Attorneys Help Inmates Displaced by Katrina As one of only two criminal defense attorneys at Reed Smith, partner Efrem Grail could not stop thinking about a New York Times article he read detailing the plight of Louisiana county jail inmates in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

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