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HANSON, BRIDGETT ATTORNEY BURNS THE MIDNIGHT OIL WITH JAZZ David Miller may dish out legal advice during the day, but jazz music rules his nights. The Hanson, Bridgett, Marcus, Vlahos & Rudy partner has teamed up with longtime band members Bill Belasco and Mario Suraci and has this week released their third album, “More Than You Know.” The Dave Miller Trio is no garage band outfit. With Miller on piano, Belasco on drums and Suraci on bass, the trio plays by invitation at charitable events, fundraisers and engagement parties. Miller has played for U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer and at several Senate Democratic Caucus retreats. Bassist Suraci played with Elvis Presley for two years, while Belasco was percussionist with the Pickle Family Circus, a now-defunct circus act that was popular in San Francisco. Both perform independently at clubs around San Francisco. The trio’s repertoire includes renditions of songs by jazz titans Cole Parker and George Gershwin. For this album, Miller was joined for the first time by his 35-year-old daughter, Rebecca DuMaine, on vocals. In his busy practice, Miller advises clients such as the Golden Gate Bridge District and Caltrain. He’s general counsel for the San Mateo County Transit District and chief attorney for the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District. Miller says he doesn’t let his hobby interfere with his practice. In fact, the music helps his practice in more ways than one. “It’s a great source of stress relief and relaxation,” he said. Sometimes Miller plays for clients, although, he says, “My rates are lower.” � Petra Pasternak HITTING THE BOOKS Oprah may have a following that latches onto her every literary recommendation, but Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman is putting its own spin on the media maven’s famed book club. Starting Dec. 19, members of the Pillsbury Women in Law Book Club will discuss a compilation of articles published in the “Harvard Business Review on Women in Business.” And because there are about 320 members, it just seemed easier to have a firmwide teleconference call. “We have invited all the women attorneys of the firm to participate,” said Pillsbury Managing Partner Marina Park. “And we’ve bought everyone a copy of the book, and made up a little bookmark that has the call-in number and the schedule.” The time of the call has been adjusted to 9 a.m. Pacific, 11 a.m. Central and noon Eastern. And women in the firm’s European and Asian offices can also participate � provided they’re awake. There are eight articles in the Harvard Business Review book, with topics including work-life balance, leadership and diversity. Members will discuss one article a month, with the first, “Off-Ramps and On-Ramps: Keeping Talented Women on the Road to Success,” discussing the concept of planning a career return after taking time off. The idea has appealed to a variety of the firm’s lawyers, with Asian-American attorneys already planning a similar club and scheduled to read “Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling: Career Strategies for Asians.” So will the women’s group ever turn to the kinds of titles found on Oprah’s Book Club list � fictional works by such authors as Anna Quindlen and Toni Morrison? Or will the focus be all business? It all depends what the women want, Park said. � Marie-Anne Hogarth SNATCHED FROM JAWS OF DEATH Kirkland & Ellis lawyers in Los Angeles celebrated last week when their firm secured clemency for Robin Lovitt one day before he was to be executed. “It was exciting in the office,” said Rick Richmond, the firm’s managing partner. “There was such a sense of relief, gratitude and thanksgiving.” Attorney Kenneth Starr, who is of counsel in the firm’s Los Angeles office, represented Lovitt, who was convicted in a 1998 pool hall stabbing. Starr served as lead counsel along with Thomas Yannucci and a team of Kirkland attorneys. Clemency was granted by Virginia Gov. Mark Warner because a court clerk destroyed evidence, making further DNA testing impossible. Lovitt’s sentence was commuted to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Kirkland attorneys were involved in Lovitt’s case on a pro bono basis through a University of Notre Dame “Semester in Washington” program. � Kellie Schmitt

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