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Abortion-Rights Groups Go for Insiders When a high-stakes Supreme Court argument looms, litigants often turn to the heavy-hitting veterans of high court advocacy. Not so for the abortion-rights groups who will be fighting the federal Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 before the Court Nov. 8. • Going Too Far?: Superior Court Judge Accused of Judicial Bias The D.C. Public Defender Service has accused D.C. Superior Court Judge Zinora Mitchell-Rankin of judicial bias because of her comments about El Salvador in a sexual abuse case, which is scheduled for oral arguments Nov. 17 before the D.C. Court of Appeals. • Head On: Ambulance Chasing Law Runs Into Lawsuit A new D.C. law that prohibits “ambulance chasing” by lawyers or their intermediaries, called “runners,” collided with a lawsuit last week from two personal injury lawyers. • TRAC-ing Terror: FBI Lashes Out at Terror Report A new report that raises questions about the effectiveness of the FBI’s anti-terrorism efforts has spurred a sharp response from the bureau. • Rookie Review: Attorney Wins High Court Praise Supreme Court justices are notoriously stingy with praise for the lawyers arguing before them. But Frances Forsman, a self-described “old hippie” who is the federal public defender for Nevada, won high, if indirect, praise from Justice John Paul Stevens on Nov. 1. • Bird Watching: Alston Announces Managing Partner Successor Ben Johnson III said last week that Richard Hays will succeed him as Alston & Bird’s managing partner when Johnson steps down in 2008.

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