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Hogan, Dickstein Raise Associate Pay Hogan & Hartson and Dickstein Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky have raised base pay for first-year associates in their major U.S. offices from $125,000 to $135,000. Both firms have also raised salaries for more experienced associates as well. • Line-Item Do-Over: Bush Idea is Unconstitutional President George W. Bush got a lot of applause from Republican lawmakers during his State of the Union address Jan. 31 when he urged Congress to “pass the line-item veto” as a way of reducing pork-barrel spending. Small problem with the idea: The Supreme Court declared the line-item veto flat-out unconstitutional in 1998. • Comey’s Ghost: McNulty Hearings Bring Praise for Former Deputy AG It may have been Paul McNulty’s Senate confirmation hearing, but the shadow that loomed largest in the committee room on Groundhog Day was that of the man he was nominated to replace, former Deputy Attorney General James Comey. • Busted: Former Bookkeeper Facing Prison A former bookkeeper at the Washington, D.C., office of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson is facing prison after admitting she stole more than $350,000 from the firm. • Carved Out: Bingham Eliminates Swidler’s Bankruptcy Practice Asbestos has long been a moneymaker at Swidler Berlin. But the firm’s prized practice isn’t worth enough to its merger partner Bingham McCutchen, which has pushed Swidler’s 10-lawyer bankruptcy group out of the planned union. • So Long Shearman: Firm Loses Five to Willkie Shearman & Sterling’s D.C. rainmaker Barry Barbash, along with four other investment management partners, exited to Willkie Farr & Gallagher last week. • Taxing Drivers: Proponents of D.C. Commuter Tax Turning to High Court Proponents of a D.C. commuter tax are looking to the Supreme Court to save their proposal. • In The Firms: Movement Amongst the Players McDermott, Will & Emery snagged Arnold & Porter’s IP practice chair Joel Freed last week, and other moves… • Back To The Big House: Lawyer Returning to Jail for Defrauding D.C. Superior Court It looks like it’s back to prison for a Washington lawyer convicted of defrauding D.C. Superior Court out of nearly $75,000. • Patent Promoters: Firm Launches New Service Being an intellectual property boutique isn’t quite what it used to be. So firms like Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox are getting creative to grab business. • Gone Fishing: Judge Denies New Trial for Convicted Burglars Allegations of jury misconduct are not grounds to retry six men convicted of carrying out a string of brazen bank heists in the D.C. area, a federal judge ruled last week.

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