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CJP BARS JUDGE OVER CHILD PORNOGRAPHY The Commission on Judicial Performance has publicly censured an Orange County judge who pleaded guilty in December 2005 to possession of child pornography. The commission also barred Superior Court Judge Ronald Kline from assignment to any court, according to the order dated Thursday. Kline has been under house arrest since his 2001 indictment, and he has not officially served on the bench since his elected term ended in 2002. He has not yet been sentenced. A hacker found sexually explicit materials on Kline’s computer and alerted a watchdog group, which in turn called police. Kline challenged the legality of the photos’ recovery, but the U.S. Supreme Court in early 2005 denied Kline’s appeal. The censure and bar is the most severe form of punishment available for a former judge. � Cheryl Miller DUANE MORRIS GETS BUCHALTER PARTNER Ron Oliner has left Buchalter Nemer for Duane Morris, where he is the first bankruptcy partner in its San Francisco office. Oliner said he was attracted to the broader national practice he’ll have at Duane Morris and the ability to serve clients in bankruptcy courts across the country. Oliner was with Buchalter for 13 years, and served as the chairman of the San Francisco office’s insolvency group. “It was a hard decision,” he said. “I’ve been to weddings and funerals with my partners at Buchalter, but having made the choice, I see a really good opportunity at Duane to broaden my practice.” Oliner, who is also bringing Buchalter associate Geoffrey Heaton, hopes to grow the practice group in Duane Morris’ San Francisco office. Oliner didn’t pinpoint a growth target, but did say he had commitments from all of his clients to bring the files over. Duane Morris tripled its San Francisco office last year by merging with Hancock Rothert & Bunshoft. They currently have about 80 lawyers in San Francisco. “Increasingly, it looks like there’s a need within the firm for bankruptcy work,” said Oliner, who was the 2005 chairman of the San Francisco Bar Association’s commercial law and bankruptcy section. Oliner’s departure from Buchalter adds to a growing list of attorney departures. Earlier this year, a group of lawyers left the 160-lawyer Buchalter to join Reed Smith’s Los Angeles office, including top rainmaker Abraham “Abe” Colman. � Kellie Schmitt

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