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King & Spalding M&A Co-Head Moves to Clifford Chance Clifford Chance has recruited to its New York office the former co-head of the mergers and acquisitions practice at King & Spalding. John L. Graham, who was a partner in Atlanta-based King & Spalding’s New York office, has handled major transactions in the media, telecommunications and real estate industries. He is one of several partners Clifford Chance has recruited in recent months. One of London’s “Magic Circle” of leading corporate firms, Clifford Chance has faced a rocky expansion in the U.S. market, with dozens of partners leaving in the past few years over issues including the British firm’s insistence on lockstep rather than performance-based compensation for partners. The firm voted last year to reform its pay system to allow top U.S. partners to earn as much as 50 percent more than their British counterparts. - Anthony Lin Preminger Joins Kramer Levin Former Manhattan Surrogate Eve Preminger is joining Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel as a counsel. Ms. Preminger, who retired from the bench in December 2005, will focus on litigation and trusts and estates. Before becoming surrogate in 1991, she was a Manhattan Supreme Court justice. - Anthony Lin Milbank Tweed Expands Presence in Asia Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCoy has opened a Beijing office with two partners relocated from Hong Kong. Anthony Root, head of Milbank’s corporate practices in Asia, will become partner-in-charge of the firm’s Beijing office. Edward T. Sun, another corporate partner, will also be based full-time in Beijing. The New York-based firm also has Asian offices in Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo. - Anthony Lin Democrats to Establish Judicial Screening Panels Statewide The statewide Democratic Party adopted a rule Monday requiring its county affiliates to establish screening panels for state Supreme Court candidates in each of the state’s 12 judicial districts by Feb. 1, according to Arthur Greig, counsel to the state party leader, Assemblyman Herman D. Farrell. The rule embraces principles used to establish screening panels in Manhattan, though rules may be set allowing panels to recommend anywhere from two to seven candidates for each vacancy from which the party must select its nominees. In Manhattan, the screening panel approves three candidates for each vacancy. The state rule also requires party leaders to ask local bar and community groups to name panel members. That requirement will force a change in the way the current panel for the Second Judicial District (Brooklyn and Staten Island) is structured since party leaders there directly appoint about one third of the panel. The Brooklyn party, however, is in the process of revamping its screening procedures. Separately, the court system issued rules in February requiring the establishment of screening panels in each judicial district. Court officials are in the process of setting up those panels so they will be in place to screen candidates for the 2007 election, a court system spokesman said. - Daniel Wise Judge: City May Proceed With Waste Station Plan New York City can move forward with plans to construct a marine waste transfer station at East 91st Street in Manhattan, Acting Justice Michael D. Stallman ( See Profile ) ruled yesterday. The construction of the transfer station is a key element of the city’s waste management plan, adopted in July, which is designed to shift the movement of garbage out of the city from trucks to a barge and rail system. The transfer station, which faced stiff community opposition, is one of four that the plan envisions being built at a cost of $360 million. In rejecting the lawsuit brought by Acorn, a non-profit group representing the interests of low- and moderate-income people, and neighbors near the site, Judge Stallman concluded that the 91st Street location was rational and that the environmental review process had been adequate. Association for Community Reform Now (Acorn) v. Bloomberg , 114729/05, will be published Monday. - Daniel Wise Panel to Discuss ‘Role of Attorneys in Combat’ The New York County Lawyers’ Association American Inn of Court will host a panel discussion tomorrow evening, “Lawfare: The Evolving Role of Attorneys in Combat.” Panelists include Colonel Mike Hoadley, director of National Security Legal Studies at the U.S. Army War College; Colonel Mary V. Perry, the senior attorney responsible for furnishing legal advice to the Commander, Ninth Air Force and U.S. Central Command Air Forces, the commander of ongoing air operations in the Middle East; and Julie Triedman, a senior reporter with The American Lawyer and an adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. The event, which begins at 6 p.m., will be held in the Jury Assembly Room of the U.S. District Courthouse, 500 Pearl Street. RSVP to Michelle Guanca at [email protected] .

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