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Bush’s ‘Lost Opportunity’ for the 4th Circuit Chief Judge William Wilkins, who has presided over the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit for the past four years, became the latest vacancy to fill when he sent President George W. Bush a letter last week announcing his plans to step down in June. • Schoolyard Bullies: Landmark Race Cases Come Before High Court Uncertainty abounds about how the Supreme Court will rule in a pair of landmark cases that test whether race can be used as a factor in placing public school students. • No Dice: Lawyer Denied Motion in Hussein Case In England the name Giovanni di Stefano conjures up images of Slobodan Milosevic and Saddam Hussein, men this Italian-born lawyer has counted as clients. Such work has won di Stefano the moniker “the devil’s advocate.” • Hatching a Plan?: Hatch Looking for a Committee to Lead Sen. Orrin Hatch needs a committee, and not just any committee — one where he can be a leader, have a budget, and hire a staff. So far, that’s proving difficult to find. • Howrey’s Hopes: Firm Adds Associates to N.Y. Office Howrey brought on Thomas Engel and James McCarney of the litigation boutique Engel, McCarney & Kenney, along with six associates to anchor the firm’s Big Apple office. • Guilty, Sort Of: Conviction Overturned in Firearm-Violation Case The D.C. Court of Appeals reversed the conviction of Alvin Headspeth, who was convicted in D.C. Superior Court in 2004 with a jury response of “guilty technically, with an addendum.” • Food Fight: Commerce Dept. Chief Privacy Officer at Odds With Privacy Coalition Hell hath no fury like a privacy advocate scorned. At least, that might be the feeling of Robert Cresanti, the Commerce Department’s chief privacy officer. — ONLINE EXTRA

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