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Law firm wastes no time challenging N.Y. ad rules A high-volume, heavy advertising personal injury law firm and a Washington advocacy group are apparently the first to challenge New York’s new attorney advertising restrictions that took effect on Feb. 1. On the same day the new rules were implemented, Alexander & Catalano, with offices in Syracuse, N.Y., and Rochester, N.Y., and Public Citizen Inc. filed a federal lawsuit in the Northern District of New York alleging the restrictions violate the constitutional right to free speech and impose anti-consumer limits on lawyers’ ads. The suit seeks injunctive and declaratory relief in an attempt to prevent enforcement of the new rules by the disciplinary committees. Mayer Brown teams up with Spanish firm Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw will team up with the Spanish law firm Ramon & Cajal to formalize a relationship in which they work together to develop client relationships and refer clients between their firms. The Chicago firm is cementing ties with the smaller firm because of “significant commercial activity” in Spain over the past few years, an increase in foreign firms doing business in Spain and a rise in Spanish companies looking to invest outside of their country, said Mayer Brown partner Paul Maher. Ramon & Cajal, based in Madrid, has 70 lawyers. Unaccredited grads closer to taking bar exam in Ga. A subcommmitee of the Georgia House Judiciary Committee voted, 3-2, last week to approve legislation that would allow graduates of law schools not accredited by the American Bar Association to sit for Georgia’s bar exam. It’s almost identical to legislation introduced in 2005, which passed the state House but not the Senate. The State Bar of Georgia opposes the measure, saying it would lower the quality of attorneys who practice in the state. Columbus attorney Paul Kilpatrick Jr., speaking on behalf of the state Board of Bar Examiners, told the panel that lawyers should be like doctors, who must be graduates of licensed medical schools to obtain a physician’s license. “Georgia would have as low a standard as there is in this country,” said Kilpatrick, a lawyer with Pope McGlamry Kilpatrick Morrison. Littler Mendelson opens Connecticut beachheads Littler Mendelson, the nation’s largest employment and labor law firm, had added Connecticut to the list of states where it has a branch office. The firm announced last week that Lori B. Alexander, Debbie D. Cannavino, George E. O’Brien Jr. and Patricia E. Reilly, all formerly of New Haven-based Tyler Cooper & Alcorn, will lead Littler’s expansion into Connecticut, from beachheads in New Haven and Stamford. For Littler, the New Haven and Stamford offices are the firm’s 40th and 41st offices, respectively. The firm has nearly 600 lawyers nationwide. Spitzer includes judicial pay raises in state budget New York governor Eliot Spitzer last week included more than $111 million in his executive budget to provide all state judges with a pay raise retroactive to April 1, 2005. The bold and apparently unprecedented initiative of including a judicial pay increase in an executive budget would result in an average salary hike of about 25% for the judges, who have not had so much as a cost-of-living increase in eight years. Under the proposal, which mirrors one first advanced by New York Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye, the salaries of all judges-including Housing Court judges, who were excluded under the previous Pataki administration-would see a pay hike of roughly 23% as of April. S.F. firm eyes Texas, gets 3 lawyers from Jenkens Jenkens & Gilchrist is losing three immigration shareholders from its Dallas home office to San Francisco-based corporate-immigration firm Berry Appleman & Leiden, which plans to open offices in Dallas and Houston on Feb. 12. When Berry Appleman opens its Texas offices, Steven Ladik will become managing partner of the Dallas office and Paige Taylor will join as a partner. Shawn Orme will become managing partner of the Berry Appleman office in Houston. Ladik expects about seven Jenkens immigration associates to join Berry Appleman, but he declines to identify them. Jenkens currently has 12 lawyers firmwide in its immigration practice group. Ladik said his decision to join Berry Appleman was not related to any recent development at Jenkens, such as talks the 251-lawyer firm’s management is having with Hunton & Williams about a substantial number of lawyers from Jenkens’ Dallas office laterally moving to Hunton & Williams’ Dallas office.

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