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Sonnenschein to open Dallas office this monthSONNENSCHEIN NATH & Rosenthal, seeking to expand significantly this year, plans to open a new office in Dallas this month and will have another office opening in the Southeastern U.S. before the end of March, firm officials said. That will bring to three the number of new offices the firm is opening in the first quarter of this year, after announcing last month that it would add an office in Menlo Park, Calif., by mid-March. Sonnenschein, which has about 660 attorneys, was founded in Chicago and currently has offices in 10 U.S. cities and in Brussels. Latham & Watkins nabs second Enron prosecutorLATHAM & WATKINS nabbed a second former Enron prosecutor last week when Kathryn Ruemmler joined the Washington office as a partner in the litigation department. Ruemmler, who stepped down as the deputy director of the Justice Department’s Enron task force in December, follows former task force director Sean Berkowitz, who joined the firm’s Chicago office in November. Ruemmler delivered the closing arguments in the trial of Enron founder Kenneth Lay and Chief Executive Jeffrey Skilling. Ruemmler is not a complete newcomer to Latham. She did a two-month stint there in 2001 after serving as associate White House counsel to then-President Bill Clinton. Move to alter judicial code brings resignation ACCUSING AN AMERICAN Bar Association panel of secretly watering down judicial ethics rules, the administrator of the New York Commission on Judicial Conduct has resigned in protest from an ABA advisory council. In a resignation letter released last week, Robert H. Tembeckjian objected strenuously to what he said is a plan to diminish the thrust of an ethics precept that says judges should “avoid impropriety and the appearance of impropriety.” Currently, judges who violate the provision are subject to disciplinary action. But a revision inserted into an updated code and slated for consideration by the ABA this week at its mid-year meeting in Miami would change so that the “impropriety and appearance of impropriety” admonition would no longer be a rule. Rather, it would simply be a guideline. Hewlett-Packard’s new GC from Morgan Lewis MICHAEL HOLSTON HAS been the unofficial legal face of Hewlett-Packard Co. for many months, sitting behind Chief Executive Mark Hurd during heated congressional hearings, and standing with him at a pivotal press conference when Hurd apologized profusely for the company’s spying activities. Last week, he became official. Holston, 44, a partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, fills an opening left in September by Ann Baskins, who resigned because of the so-called pretexting scandal, in which-in an effort to stem leaks to the press-company-paid investigators lied to gain access to the private information of reporters, employees and board members.

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