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Duff Chosen to Manage Judicial Branch Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. announced last Thursday that he had picked James Duff, managing partner of the D.C. office of Baker Donelson, to run the judicial branch as the next director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. • Boggs in the Big Apple Patton Boggs has long looked to secure a toehold in the New York market. Last week, the firm announced its first foray into the region with the acquisition of nearly 30 attorneys from Latham & Watkins’ Newark, N.J., office. • Covington Comes Through: Firm Helps Freddie Mac in Dispute Lawyers for Freddie Mac were basking in victory last week after getting a favorable settlement with shareholders and the Federal Election Commission. • The Big Five-Oh: Phillips Argues 50th Case Before High Court If it seemed that Supreme Court justices gave Carter Phillips an unusually hard time during oral argument April 17, they may have had a reason: it was Phillips’ 50th argument before the high court, and they probably did not want the rare achievement to go to his head. • Downfall: Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Investigated by D.C. Bar A former assistant U.S. attorney who prosecuted one of the city’s most high-profile murder cases is under investigation by the D.C. Bar after he pleaded guilty last year to failure to pay child support. • Checkmate: Hemphill Defense Team Claims to be Duped by Government Prosecutors When former Washington Teachers’ Union official Gwendolyn Hemphill claimed she was mentally ill, prosecutors were skeptical and wanted their own expert to conduct a psychological exam. Defense lawyers agreed to the test, but now they say they were duped by government lawyers, who used the exam as a means to elicit incriminating statements from Hemphill. • What’s the Beef? Under normal circumstances, it would be just another garden-variety lease dispute. But the turmoil surrounding the Hilton Hotels Corp.’s decision to boot Fran O’Brien’s Stadium Steakhouse from its 10-year spot in the Capital Hilton basement goes beyond that.

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