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N.Y. COURT STAFF WALKS, LAWYERS HIRE CARS NEW YORK � Courtroom clerk Michael O’Malley spent three hours Tuesday walking from his home in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, to the Manhattan Civil Court building at 111 Centre St. Like him, hundreds of other court employees went beyond the call of duty to get to their jobs on the first day of a transit strike. As a result of their efforts, officials said, the courts were well staffed and court operations went smoothly considering the adverse circumstances. Throughout the city, 90 percent of Supreme Court justices and their support staff and 85 percent of court officers reportedly were on the job Tuesday. In the five boroughs’ Criminal Courts, attendance of all court employees was near 100 percent, said that court’s administrative judge, Juanita Bing Newton. But there were a few problem areas Tuesday. On the civil side of Manhattan Supreme Court, only 60 percent of the court’s support staff made it to work, compared with 80 percent of court officers and all of the court’s judges. Only about 30 percent of non-incarcerated criminal defendants showed up for their court appearances, Newton said. Judges in those cases issued bench warrants but stayed them until the defendants’ next appearance date. At the city’s major law firms, advance preparation also meant work continued relatively smoothly. Most had hired shuttle vans and car services to bring in lawyers and essential support staff. Dress codes have also been eased at firms to allow lawyers and staff to wear more comfortable clothes for longer commutes. Moreover, many lawyers armed with Internet connections chose to work from home instead of chancing the commute at all. � New York Law Journal COURT WON’T INDULGE HAAGEN-DAZS WASHINGTON � Apparently, it’s not necessary to actually taste an ice cream bar to determine its true contents � at least not for the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. The court decided that Haagen-Dazs’ sorbet and yogurt bars (which the company bills as “truly an indulgence you can feel good about” � so, really, the judges could have done a little recreational sleuthing, trial court evidence notwithstanding) are in fact not predominately sorbet, as the company had claimed. What’s at stake? The imported bars rack up higher tariff fees if they are mostly composed of a milk base. Chief Judge Paul Michel, who wrote the Dec. 15 opinion, says he had to give deference to the trial court � to which Haagen-Dazs made available samples of the bars. To him it’s just another tariff case: “We hear about everything under the sun, from food to plywood.” � Legal Times New Partners PILLSBURY BOOSTS NINE IN STATE TO PARTNER RANK Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman announced this week the firm has elevated 18 lawyers to the rank of partner, effective Jan. 1. Nine partners were named in California, including three in San Francisco, one in Palo Alto, two in Century City and three in Los Angeles. In San Francisco: Patrick Devine, 36, practices corporate and securities law. He earned his J.D. in 1995 from Georgetown University Law Center. Blaine Green, 33, a commercial litigation specialist, earned his J.D. in 1997 from Harvard Law School. Brian Wong, 36, in the corporate and securities practice, earned his J.D. in 1996 from Harvard Law School. In Palo Alto: Jeffrey Harrell, 35, who represents public and private technology companies in securities transactions and general corporate matters, earned his J.D. in 1997 from the University of Virginia School of Law. In Century City: Kimberly Buffington, 33, a senior litigation associate, earned her J.D. in 1997 from the University of Michigan Law School. Tuan Pham, 32, a real estate specialist, earned his J.D. in 1997 from Boalt Hall School of Law. In Los Angeles: Valerie Goo, 34, an IP litigator, earned her J.D. in 1996 from UCLA School of Law. Christopher Patay, 35, who works on M&A deals and VC financings, earned his J.D. in 1996 from UCLA School of Law. Kalman Steinberg, 39, a member of the insolvency and restructuring practice, earned his J.D. in 1993 from UCLA School of Law. Pillsbury also named partners in New York, Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. � Marie-Anne Hogarth

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