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�Conscience Is but a Word . . .’ The legal community was out in force Jan. 22 for opening night of the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s “Richard III.” Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito Jr., Stephen Breyer, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff all came out for the show. The theater boasts a “lawyers committee,” which helps raise money for the theater with the likes of Abbe Lowell of Chadbourne & Parke, Margaret Pfieffer of Sullivan & Cromwell, and Kathy Bailey of the Baily Law Group. “We are delighted that we have such an interest [in the theater] from the Court,” says Burton Fishman of Fortney & Scott about the justices attending the show, which runs through March 18.
No Place Like Home Venable’s Washington office is at it again. The firm, which has had several hires in the past couple of months, including former Undersecretary of Homeland Security Asa Hutchinson, added Krupin O’Brien labor and employment attorneys Ari Karen and Caryn Pass as partners, along with four associates. Karen, former head of Krupin’s litigation department, represents employers in disputes including sexual harassment and wage violations. Pass’ practice focuses largely on preventive counseling, with a specialty in representing private schools. . . . And, who says you can’t go home again — and again? Philip Perry, general counsel of the Department of Homeland Security, has announced he’ll rejoin the D.C. office of Latham & Watkins as of next week. Perry, who is Vice President Dick Cheney’s son-in-law, left Latham in 2001 for a top spot at the Justice Department and then moved on to the White House, where, as the general counsel of the Office of Management and Budget, he helped create the DHS. When he returned to Latham in 2003, he lobbied the DHS on behalf of Lockheed Martin Corp. and General Electric and then hopped back to Homeland Security in the spring of 2005. “Phil has left us twice, and we are excited to have him back,” says Eric Bernthal, managing partner of Latham’s D.C. office. “We hope that he’ll greatly energize our public-policy practice.”
Learning to Advocate Seven Chinese public defenders and a manager have been taking lessons from Washington law firms. Venable, Dickstein Shapiro, and Arnold & Porter, along with Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Steptoe & Johnson; Zuckerman Spaeder; and Hogan & Hartson, have been working with International Bridges of Justice and the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia in its pilot program to train Chinese lawyers on how to advocate in their country’s emerging legal-aid system. The two-week program, which began last week with the lawyers meeting Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, culminates Friday with the Chinese lawyers learning how to train others in trial advocacy.
Spreading Their Wings As a gaggle of U.S. firms have been tripping over each other to set up offices in China, Philadelphia-based Duane Morris took a different tack to enter the burgeoning Asian market. The firm opened a six-partner Singapore office at the beginning of the month and announced its intentions to launch two Vietnam outposts in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City this spring. Douglas Woloshin, managing partner of Duane Morris’ D.C. office and head of the firm’s project-finance practice, will spend several months in Singapore overseeing the integration of the new office into the firm and helping “plant the flag.” The firm formed a committee in September 2005 to consider what the best platform for expansion into Asia would be, says Woloshin, a member of the committee. Another key member of that team was New York-based partner Eduardo Ramos-Gomez, who served as Mexico’s ambassador to Singapore from 1998 to 2001 and will be the managing partner of the Singapore office. The firm decided on Singapore based on a number of factors, including Ramos-Gomez’s contacts and knowledge of the market and the relative ease of registering as a foreign law firm there, Woloshin says. The office will serve as the firm’s base to work for clients in Singapore, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, China, and the Philippines, he says. Duane Morris, which is still waiting on obtaining the requisite licenses to open shop in Vietnam, will be only the second U.S. law firm to have an outpost there. “Investors are rushing in” in the wake of Vietnam’s recent entry to the World Trade Organization, he notes.
A Crucial Reprieve Lawyers who say they’re working on a matter of life and death often don’t mean it literally. But a group of Covington & Burling lawyers do. Earlier this month a team led by associate Abram Pafford secured a new capital-sentencing trial for Cory Maye after Mississippi Circuit Judge Michael Eubanks vacated the jury’s sentence of death, based on a finding that the original counsel was ineffective during the sentencing phase of the trial. Maye, a Mississippi native, was convicted of the 2001 shooting death of a police officer during a drug raid. The state of Mississippi now must decide whether to again ask a jury for the death penalty. “This is not one of those cases where we’re going to be satisfied with getting him off death row but then letting him remain in prison for life,” says Pafford. “We think he’s factually innocent.” Pafford says Maye’s conviction will be appealed to the Mississippi Supreme Court. Maye’s lawyers say their client’s conviction should be thrown out because the search warrant police used was issued for Maye’s neighbor, though police entered his part of the duplex. In addition, they claim Maye fired at officers in self-defense, thinking they were intruders. Covington began representing Maye in February 2006 after Pafford read about the case on a blog written by Radley Balko, a senior editor at Reason Magazine. “I went to the firm with it in December of �05,” says Pafford, a litigation associate whose practice focuses on antitrust and complex commercial litigation. “We’ve spent hundreds of hours on the case, and the firm has been wonderful,” he says. “They’ve underwritten the expenses for experts we retained and the reports we’ve developed.” The group of Covington lawyers working on Maye’s defense also includes partner Michael Labson, special counsel Benjamin Vernia, and Jessica Gabel, an associate in Covington’s San Francisco office.
Keeping Score is Legal Times ‘ weekly column devoted to the legal business scene. Got a tip? Contact Business Editor Anna Palmer at [email protected].

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