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Ford’s Legal Legacy: Both Friend and Foe By most accounts, President Gerald R. Ford’s legal legacy was one of the high points of his 896 days in office. Taking over the White House in the wake of the Watergate scandal, his attempt to end the “national nightmare” was, at its core, a legal matter. • Relief Pitcher: Safavian Turns to New Lawyer For Appeal David Safavian, the one-time top procurement official at the Office of Management and Budget, has turned to Lawrence Robbins of Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck & Untereiner. • Buh-Bye: Wallace Withdraws From 5th Circuit Consideration Michael Wallace, the Mississippi lawyer nominated for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, says he’s not waiting around any longer for the job. • Sprung: Bush Reduces Sentence in Drug Case The White House clearly believes if you do the crime, you do the time. President George W. Bush has only granted three reductions in sentencing in six years in office, making Phillip Emmert’s commutation a rare executive Christmas gift. • Village Victory: Foster Children Protected in Civil-Rights Suit Four Native American villages in Alaska won a preliminary victory from the Alaska Supreme Court in their civil-rights suit seeking to end alleged violations of federal laws that protect Native American foster children from being removed from their communities. • False Start: Suspension Recommended for Attorney Falsifying His R�sum� The D.C. Bar’s Board on Professional Responsibility recommended a 30-day suspension for attorney Gregory Hawn on Dec. 5 for allegedly padding his r�sum�. • Clubbed: D.C. Club Fighting Array of Suits The George Town Club, a members-only dining establishment on Wisconsin Avenue that bills itself as “one of the most elegant in-town clubs in the United States,” is in the midst of fighting off an array of discrimination, harassment, and wrongful-termination complaints filed by three longtime employees. • Drug Benefit: Patent Upheld in Schizophrenia Drug Case Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner scored a major victory for its client Eli Lilly & Co. last week, when a federal appeals court upheld the company’s patent on Zyprexa, a leading schizophrenia drug and the company’s top seller. • Pay Me My Money: More Attorneys Could Head to Federal Court for Better Income The low rate of pay and recent changes in the payment-voucher system for court-appointed attorneys at the D.C. Court of Appeals may cause more experienced lawyers to leave for more lucrative work at the federal courthouse across the street.

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