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D.C. Enlists High Court Help for Gun Case The D.C. Attorney General’s Office is bringing in the big guns for its petition to the Supreme Court that challenges the overturning of the District’s handgun ban by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. • Vinson & Elkins Raises Starting Associate Salaries to $160K The firm is the latest — not to mention the first Texas-based firm — to match New York’s ante, raising starting associate salaries to $160,000 in its Washington, D.C., office and all of its Lone Star State offices. • New Rules: Changes to Disciplinary Proceedings Up for Debate Earlier this month, the D.C. Court of Appeals published its recommended changes to disciplinary proceedings for District attorneys. Now those ideas are open for public comment and condemnation until a final ruling from the court in October. • Vick’s Quarterback: Lawyer Ready to Defend NFL Star in Dog-Fighting Indictment Last week a federal grand jury in Virginia indicted NFL star Michael Vick for allegedly operating an illegal interstate dogfighting ring. Enter Lawrence Woodward, a partner at Virginia Beach, Va.’s Shuttleworth, Ruloff, Swain, Haddad & Morecock. • Wait A Minute: Dismissals of Gitmo Habeas Cases Being Put on Hold The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last month to hear Guant�namo Bay detainees’ appeals in its next term has had a ripple effect in the lower courts. • Mr. Fix-It: Newly Appointed Deputy AG Has History of Helping The Department of Justice press release announcing Craig Morford’s appointment as deputy attorney general neglected to mention one of his key virtues: pinch hitter for troubled U.S. attorneys’ offices. • Help Wanted: Another Spot Becoming Available at 4th Circuit The vacancy saga of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit wears on. Effective immediately, Judge H. Emory Widener Jr., a 35-year veteran of the court, is taking senior status, says court clerk Patricia Connor.

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