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Telecom GCs Simpatico With White House Last week’s report in USA Today that Verizon Communications Inc., AT&T Inc., and BellSouth Corp. had secretly provided the National Security Agency with the phone records of millions of Americans is sure to shine an unwelcome spotlight on the general counsels of those three companies. • Splitsville: Bernabei & Katz Closes After 19 years practicing together, Lynne Bernabei and Debra Katz have decided to close Bernabei & Katz and go their separate ways. • Tort Religion: Report Ranks States’ Dedication to Reform A report last week by free-market think tank Pacific Research Institute broke down states into “saints,” “sinners,” and “salvageables,” depending on their dedication — or lack thereof — to tort reform. • Last Word: Luttig Sets Record Straight on His Resignation Two days after he announced he was leaving the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, Judge J. Michael Luttig said he was exhausted, surprised, and angered by some of the press coverage he received. • Spy Game: Democrats File Briefs in Suits Challenging NSA Surveillance Unable to gain any traction on Capitol Hill in their efforts to roll back the White House’s warrantless eavesdropping program, a number of House Democrats are trying their luck in the courts. • No Mulligans: Ship Maker Pays Tiger $1.6M for ‘Privacy’ When golf superstar Tiger Woods bought a custom-built 155-foot yacht from Vancouver, Wash.-based Christensen Shipyards Ltd. in 2004, he aptly named it “Privacy” — a testament to his desire to escape from the public eye. Now the ship maker is paying Woods $1.6 million to settle claims that it violated the terms of the sale by telling the media that Woods bought the boat. • Flip-Flopping: Jefferson Changing Counsel Frequently Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) has not been charged with a crime in the federal corruption probe tied to his office, but he’s already faced challenges when it comes to his legal counsel. • Breaking Glass: Focus on Keeping Women Partners Closing the gender gap has been a long-standing problem for law firms. With the number of women associates rising to 47 percent nationally in 2004 and the number of partners lagging at 17.1 percent, the focus has turned from getting women in the front door at firms to keeping them from walking out the back.

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