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Conyers Pulls Plug on Quote Machine After 17 years as the top legal mind at People for the American Way, Elliot Mincberg is now the House Judiciary Committee’s new chief counsel for oversight and investigations. Just don’t ask him about his new job. • A Paper Clip? Whistleblower Complaint Filed Against DOJ Civil Rights Division One of the conservatives brought in by former acting Assistant Attorney General Bradley Schlozman has filed a whistle-blower complaint with the Office of Special Counsel, charging he was wrongfully fired by the DOJ for complaining about what he calls the “toxic work atmosphere.” • Little Conflict: New Book on High Court Gets Good Reviews Jan Crawford Greenburg’s brand new book Supreme Conflict has already been compared favorably with the 1979 blockbuster The Brethren, and with good reason. • Make Nice: Attempt to Delay Libby Trial Denied A lawyer’s job is to protect the client, but sometimes the legal tactics seem more like childlike mischief than strategy. That is how defense attorney Theodore Wells Jr. appeared last week when he tried to delay the trial of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby Jr. • DLA’s Dealings: Firm Looks to Become Environmentally Friendly DLA Piper is launching a global “Sustainability Initiative” to reduce its impact on the environment. • Book Bind: Book Dealer Pleads Guilty to Second-Degree Theft Reza Bahar, an American law school alum who runs Tolstoybooks, was sentenced in D.C. Superior Court last week to one year of probation and 100 hours of community service after pleading guilty to second-degree theft.

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