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ETHICS ERROR? Can a private lawyer/special prosecutor investigate a district attorney if he continues to practice as a criminal defense attorney? Charles Reddick, the Homerville, Ga. attorney appointed by a judge to poke into doings in the Alapaha District Attorney’s Office, says yes, if he’s paid by the hour and gets waivers from his clients. The Georgia Court of Appeals concurs, for “to cut off the livelihood of the most qualified of these criminal attorneys would make it almost impossible to find a competent private attorney who would accept the position.” The DA says no: Reddick serves two masters at once. Monroe Freedman, ethics professor at Hofstra University School of Law in New York, also says no — but that the DA made the wrong argument. The real problem: An assistant DA, if she wants to conceal something, might be tempted to curry favor with Reddick by offering, say, a favorable plea bargain. “I guess the prosecutor’s office doesn’t want to be quoted in the newspaper saying that,” muses Freedman. From The National Law Journal GET OUTTA HERE Every New York firm, great and small, wants to be known in NYC’s Silicon Alley. As the national head of Los Angeles’ Loeb & Loeb’s corporate group, Chris Aidun has co-chaired a key venture conference and otherwise made himself visible. Which explains why, say three sources on two coasts, Seattle’s Perkins Coie rang to see if he might want to lead its New York outpost. But Aidun left for a vacation without a deal. When he returned, he found his office gone. Loeb & Loeb’s firm fathers, seething that one of their go-to guys for the future wanted out, had sealed his digs and booted him from the firm’s computers. Aidun ended up at Chicago’s Winston & Strawn, while Perkins Coie consoled itself with Aidun’s former LA partners Peggy Bui and Michelle Beuerlein. Every last one of them refused comment. From The National Law Journal NEVERMIND THE JONESES Dot-coms may be risky business these days, but that didn’t faze Elliot Eder. The 42-year old government regulation specialist left his job as a partner at the D.C. office of Cleveland’s Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue to join USLaw.com, a six-month-old Silver Spring, Md.-based online legal information center. Eder was named general counsel of law operations at the start-up site, charged with helping roll out a new affiliate network that will link small firms and solo practitioners nationwide into a large network of online legal professionals. From Legal Times

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