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Moratorium placed on jammed Fla. drug court The overwhelmed felony drug court of Miami-Dade County, Fla., will stop taking new cases, thrusting hundreds of defendants into mainstream criminal court to face possible prison time instead of treatment and rehabilitation options. The drug court � established in 1989 � became a national model. It has been mimicked by more than 400 communities throughout the country. Miami-Dade Chief Judge Joseph Farina confirmed that he declared the moratorium and that it will last no more than 120 days. “At this time, the existing caseload has exceeded the court’s ability to provide Drug Court services for all those in need, thereby necessitating a temporary moratorium,” Farina wrote in an e-mail. Greenberg raises pay, urges pro bono work Greenberg Traurig last week raised the starting base salaries of its rookie lawyers in Miami and Fort Lauderdale to $135,000 and their total compensation packages to more than $150,000. At the same time, the firm announced a major change to its pro bono policy in south Florida. Matthew B. Gorson, Greenberg’s national operating shareholder in Miami, said the firm now will let associates count 20 hours of pro bono work toward their billable-hour targets. Previously, the firm generally did not count pro bono work toward those targets unless the firm specifically asked the associate to work on the pro bono matter. Key figure in attorney firings lands at Fulbright One key player in the ouster of eight U.S. attorneys from the Justice Department has landed in private practice. Michael Battle, who headed the Justice Department’s Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys until earlier this year, has landed in the Washington office of Fulbright & Jaworski. For his time at the executive office, Battle will be remembered as the man who made the calls to seven of the U.S. attorneys to fire them on Dec. 7. (An eighth was fired earlier.) E-mails and testimony about the firings indicate that Battle had a relatively limited role in deciding which prosecutors would be fired. Battle’s resignation from the Justice Department was effective on March 16 as the furor over the firings rose, though friends have said he’d been planning to leave for some time. Sonnenschein plans to open office in Dallas Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal has announced it will open a Dallas branch with U.S. Attorney Matt Orwig as the new office’s managing partner. The 101-year-old Chicago firm has been considering moving into Texas for years to focus on high-end corporate litigation related to intellectual property, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, health care and government enforcement actions, said Elliott I. Portnoy, Sonnenschein’s chairman who’s based in Washington. Judicial conference rejects selective waiver A federal judicial committee has given thumbs down to changes in evidence Rule 502 that would have allowed partial waivers of attorney-client privilege. The decision came on April 13 during a meeting of the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Rules of Evidence in San Diego, according to Dan Capra, committee reporter and Fordham University School of Law professor. Companies seeking breaks for cooperating with government investigations have attempted to use partial waivers of attorney-client privilege to supply results of internal investigations but limit their use to government investigators.

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