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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. As the head of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner’s Litigation Mentor Program, Kennedy led a program that put IP attorneys into D.C. Superior Court representing indigent defendants in cases ranging from shoplifting to murder. Now Arnold & Porter has stolen her away to begin a similar project for it. Kennedy says the challenge of beginning a new program is what drew her to Arnold & Porter and she was able to move on because she was secure in the knowledge that Finnegan’s program is established enough to survive without her. In her wake, Finnegan turned to Barbara Butterworth, the former deputy director of the Juvenile Justice Clinic at Georgetown Law, and Jonathan Shapiro, a noted criminal defense attorney who has represented a number of high-profile clients, including the convicted Washington-area sniper John Muhammed. The addition of Shapiro will also give Finnegan the chance to expand its program into the U.S. District Court in D.C., but he and Butterworth both say they plan to scale back to focus on more misdemeanors and lower-level felonies. Butterworth says that from time to time volunteers may take on a murder case if the court asks, but “the focus will be on the lower-level stuff to give more associates the opportunity to take cases.”
Bethany Broida can be contacted at [email protected].

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