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Supreme Court Lawyer Goldstein to Join Akin Gump D.C. attorney Thomas Goldstein, who rocked the rarified world of Supreme Court advocacy by his aggressive pursuit of cases, will join the powerhouse law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld as a partner May 1. • Stargazing: Anna Nicole Appears at the High Court The Supreme Court usually doesn’t make a good venue for celebrity spotting. But on Feb. 28, lines formed around the block as members of the public waited for seats to watch oral arguments in Marshall v. Marshall, aka the Anna Nicole Smith case. • New Unit: Patriot Act Renewal Creates New DOJ Division Among the provisions approved by the Senate last week in its renewal of the USA Patriot Act is the biggest bureaucratic shake-up at the Department of Justice in years. • Trade-Offs: FTC Cutting Back on Merger Review Documents Private sector lawyers often gripe about their government adversaries, but these days the antitrust bar is singing the praises of the Federal Trade Commission. • Together Again: Bingham-Swider Merger Produces a Reunion For Bingham’s Barry Rosenthal and his new (formerly Swidler) partners Kenneth Lore, Susan Duvall, and David Butler, the merging of the two firms’ D.C. offices is a reunion of sorts — and a reminder of a previous and unsuccessful partnership. • Battle Bound: Accounting Agency’s General Counsel to Stay and Fight Lawsuit Lewis Ferguson III was ready to step down as general counsel of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board when the agency got hit with a potentially life-threatening lawsuit. Now Ferguson says he’ll stay on, at least for a while, to defend the agency in a case he says may go to the Supreme Court. • Arrested: Former Cravath Associate in Custody on Rape Charges A former associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore is in custody on rape charges stemming from his alleged involvement with two teenage girls who prosecutors say he paid for sex.

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