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JUDGE ADMONISHED FOR FAILING TO REPORT DUI A San Bernardino County Superior Court judge was publicly admonished Tuesday for failing to report his DUI arrest and conviction to the Commission on Judicial Performance in a timely manner. “Judge [Donald] Alvarez’s unlawful action � evidences a serious disregard of the principles of personal and official conduct embodied in the California Code of Judicial Ethics,” wrote CJP Chairman Marshall Grossman in the order released Tuesday. Alvarez was pulled over and charged with drunken driving in October 2003. He pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor DUI charge in January 2004 and was placed on three years of informal probation and ordered to attend an alcohol program. The code of judicial ethics requires any judge who is either charged or convicted of a crime � including misdemeanor DUIs � to promptly report to the CJP in writing. The commission learned of the judge’s DUI conviction from a third party. In August of 2004, Alvarez wrote to the commission saying he planned to report the incident, but said, “It was never clear to me when the report should be made.” Alvarez told the commission that he intended to make a report after he had completed his alcohol program in order to “report the entire complete case to the commission.” The commission said he should have reported the incident as soon as he was arrested, and noted he’d been told to do so by his presiding judge. The commission concluded that his action “constitutes conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice that brings the judicial office into disrepute.” � Julie O’Shea TWO BOSTON FIRMS TO MERGE NEXT YEAR The attorneys of Perkins Smith & Cohen, including members of its science and technology practice, are joining Burns & Levinson. The addition of the Perkins Smith lawyers, who will transition over by mid-2006, will raise Burns & Levinson’s head count from about 100 to 140 attorneys. Boston-based Burns & Levinson specializes in business law, finance, business litigation, real estate, bankruptcy, intellectual property and private client representation. It has four offices in New England as well as one in Washington, D.C., and plans to open an office in Shanghai in early 2006. Burns & Levinson Managing Partner David Rosenblatt said what attracted his firm to Perkins Smith is “they’re a very strong science and technology practice with a very good intellectual property group.” Rosenblatt and Perkins Smith Managing Partner Robert Friedman both noted the need for high-tech legal expertise in New England. “Research universities are a huge piece of the Boston economy,” said Friedman. With Perkins Smith’s stable of clients in science and technology and Burns & Levinson’s corporate finance practice, Friedman said the combined firm just fits. � Law.com

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