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The revolving door at the Justice Department spins yet again. On Aug. 23, Assistant Attorney General Wan Kim, head of the department’s Civil Rights Division, announced he will leave at the end of this month. It turns out Kim will rejoin his old employer, D.C.’s Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel. “We’re delighted to have him back,” says firm founder Mark Hansen. Kim’s departure is the latest in a string of resignations at the embattled agency, which is still reeling from a series of grueling congressional hearings over the firings of eight U.S. attorneys. Kim became assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division in November 2005, after serving as a deputy assistant attorney general in the same division. His predecessor, Bradley Schlozman, also resigned last week from the department. Earlier this year, Schlozman admitted in a Senate hearing that he had considered the political credentials of potential hires. In addition to the firings controversy, the department’s Office of Professional Responsibility and the Office of Inspector General also are investigating Schlozman’s practices. Kim, who was traveling in Mississippi Aug. 24, could not be reached for comment. Reginald Brown, a former White House attorney under President Bush, says Kim will be a great asset to his firm. “He has lots of years of experience as a prosecutor and as a manager,” says Brown, a partner at WilmerHale. Brown, like other former administration appointees, says Kim is well respected by both political parties. “I don’t think he has been caught up in any of the current controversy,” he says. Kim, the first Korean-born immigrant to rise through the department’s ranks, started in the Honors Program as a trial attorney in the Criminal Division more than 10 years ago. He also served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the District of Columbia. He previously worked for the firm when it was called Kellogg, Baker and Hansen.
Pedro Ruz Gutierrez can be contacted at [email protected].

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