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AG’s Commitment to Drug War Questioned When Attorney General Alberto Gonzales went before the House appropriations subcommittee that oversees the Justice Department’s budget on March 14, he was on the receiving end of some flak from Republicans and Democrats alike. • Hiatus Crime: House Republicans Focus on Sex Offenders At a news conference last week to mark the publication of a massive report by the U.S. Sentencing Commission on U.S. v. Booker‘s impact, House Republicans chose to focus on the study’s most attention-grabbing aspect: sex offenders. • Noble Calling?: CRP Executive Director Joining Skadden For five years Larry Noble has been an outspoken critic of loopholes in laws regulating big money’s influence on federal campaigns. But last week, the executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics announced he was leaving to join the political law practice at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. • Three’s a Crowd: Cozen Partner Leaves for LeBoeuf It was just two years ago that criminal defense expert Henry “Hank” Asbill and his longtime partners, Barry Boss and William Moffitt, closed their small firm to join the big leagues at Cozen O’Connor. But it turns out that the Philadelphia-based firm’s Washington outpost wasn’t quite enough for Asbill, who moved to LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae last week. • Live at Courtside: En Banc Hearing Coming to D.C. Law School D.C. Court of Appeals Chief Judge Eric Washington is taking his show on the road. On March 20, the court will hold an en banc hearing at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, marking the first time such a proceeding has been held outside of the H. Carl Moultrie Courthouse. • Meet the New Boss: Gardiner Takes Over at Crowell The leadership change at Crowell & Moring became official last week as executive committee member Kent Gardiner took over as chairman. • Catch and Release: Venable Loses Hutchinson When Asa Hutchinson joined Venable last March, the firm trumpeted how his experience as undersecretary at the Department of Homeland Security would help him lead their practice group devoted to that agency. But Venable’s big catch has recently escaped. • G’Day, Mac: McCallum Named Australian Ambassador Associate Attorney General Robert McCallum, No. 3 at the Justice Department, has long been viewed as a Bush loyalist. On March 10, that loyalty was rewarded when President Bush announced his intention to name McCallum ambassador to Australia. • Property Loss: Heller Loses Four Intellectual Property Attorneys Last week four intellectual property attorneys jumped ship to Proskauer Rose, a New York-based firm whose $1.1 million profits-per-partner well outstrip Heller Ehrman’s $885,000. • Out of the Valley: Silicon Valley Firm Coming to D.C. Silicon Valley powerhouse Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is getting ready to dig into D.C., following close competitor Cooley Godward, which opened an office inside the Beltway last year. • Two Words Collide: D.C. Court’s Budget Request Quick and Simple Luckily the D.C. Court’s budget request could be summed up in two words, because that was about all the time they had. About 20 minutes after the March 8 budget hearing before the Senate appropriations subcommittee on D.C. began, it was over — a victim of seven scheduled floor votes on other issues.

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