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Veteran Congressional Scholar Under Fire Louis Fisher is a leading national expert on the separation of powers. At age 71, instead of resting on his laurels or winning accolades for his work, the soft-spoken scholar appears to be on the verge of getting fired for being too opinionated. • Trading Partners: Nolan Joins Arent Fox Last week Matthew Nolan left for Arent Fox, where he joins a group of old friends, including Matthew Clark, chairman of the firm’s 12-attorney international trade group. • On The Team: Thomas Leaves FEC for Dickstein Last week, Scott Thomas signed on as counsel with Dickstein Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky after spending 30 years at the Federal Election Commission. The move comes after Thomas’ tenure was not renewed by the Bush administration in December. • It Takes Two: Kennedy Joins Arnold & Porter Four years after starting a successful pro bono program that gave patent attorneys a chance to polish their courtroom skills, Mary Kennedy wants to see if lightning can strike twice. • Replacing Ralph: Applications for Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts Closed The window closed Feb. 15 for applications to replace Leonidas Ralph Mecham, retiring director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. The director presides over a $5 billion-plus judiciary budget and serves as an advocate and liaison for the judiciary in sometimes testy relations with Congress. • Close Minded: Hemphill Lawyers Want Future Hearings Closed Lawyers for former Washington Teachers’ Union official Gwendolyn Hemphill want a judge to close future hearings involving their client and to seal certain court documents to prevent any more “leaks” about her mental health. • The New Front?: Liberal Eyes on New Court Appointee It received minimal press coverage, but liberal interest and civil rights groups are keeping a watchful eye on the White House’s latest nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.

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