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Western States Clash Over Appeals Seat The Senate Judiciary Committee returns this week to its most reliably entertaining subject: federal appeals court nominations and, in particular, the growing controversy over replacing Judge Stephen Trott on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. • Kelley Drye to Acquire Collier Shannon New York’s Kelley Drye & Warren voted last week to acquire Washington-based Collier Shannon Scott, a combination that will create a 350-lawyer firm with expected gross revenues of more than $220 million. • Scooter’s Club: Libby Getting Help to Raise Money for Defense Former ambassadors, a magazine mogul, and a popular TV actor are among the Republican bigwigs rallying behind indicted former vice presidential aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby to help raise money for his legal defense. • The Ice Storm: Ice Dancing Olympians Thank Lawyers for Medal After winning an Olympic medal most athletes don’t thank their lawyers on national television, but that is exactly what U.S. ice dancing silver medalists Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto did after their competition last week. • Bad Attitude: WilmerHale Dragged into Accounting Scandal The outside report on the accounting scandal at mortgage giant Fannie Mae didn’t paint a flattering picture of WilmerHale’s legal advice to the company. • The New Boss: DLA Piper Gets New Managing Partner Recently merged DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary announced a regime change last week. Ann Ford, chair of the firm’s trademark practice, is taking over as managing partner of the D.C. office. • Fresh Blood: Hunton Chairman Retires The times are a-changin’ at Hunton & Williams. Chairman Gordon Rainey, who has led the Richmond-based firm since 1994, retired from his post last week. The partnership elected his deputy, Thurston Moore, to take his place.

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