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HOUSE OF CARDS On business cards and in Yellow Pages ads, Robert Callan’s name had an Esquire tacked on, and that was enough to make hundreds of clients think he was a lawyer. For 14 years, Callan ran his Immigration Law Centers in Ewing and Cherry Hill, N.J., filing applications for green cards and other benefits with the INS. Callan initially set up shop as an immigration consultant, but soon realized he could charge more if people thought he was an attorney, says Assistant Mercer County Prosecutor Lawrence McGivney. Finally, one client became suspicious and called the New Jersey State Bar Association to check Callan’s credentials, and officials initiated a probe. That brought the house of cards down, and earlier this month, Superior Court Judge Paul Innes sentenced Callan, 61, to a year in jail following his conviction of practicing immigration law without a license. According to the prosecutor, Callan cultivated a clientele that did not speak English and was unlikely to question his authority, but while he knew the ins and outs of routine immigration matters, he sometimes got in over his head. “When it got complicated, he had difficulty,” McGivney says. From the National Law Journal 13TH WARRIOR For more than a year, Corpus Christi, Tex., solo Bradford M. Condit has waged a one-man crusade against the 13th Court of Appeals. He is even vying to be the first Republican on the court. “The 13th Court repeatedly ignores the plain dictates of the law,” Condit alleges. If elected, he says he plans to be the “dissenting voice that will keep them honest.” So when Sears, et al. v. Nueces County Sheriff Larry Olivarez, et al. came before the 13th Court — Condit represents two sheriffs deputies who allege the sheriff wrongfully discharged them — Condit filed a motion to transfer. Condit’s motion alleges that, because of his campaign, “the justices’ loyalty to their democratic colleagues guarantees that the facts of this case will not be reported, the law will be ignored … and the decision in this case will be politically motivated.” The court, however, was not persuaded. In an Aug. 3 opinion, the court — sitting en banc — shut down the arguments in Condit’s motion, affidavit, and 30-plus pages of exhibits. The court declined to sanction Condit but sent his motion to the general counsel of the State Bar of Texas for review. Condit remains undeterred. “The Court of Appeals has declared war on me,” he says. “I am just not going to take it any more.” From The Texas Lawyer MASS MOVEMENT Carr Goodson Warner is now simply Carr Goodson. Name partner Margaret Warner last week left the firm she had co-founded 16 years ago, taking her complex litigation group to the D.C. office of Chicago’s McDermott, Will & Emery. Although the split was described as amicable, the loss is stinging for 50-lawyer Carr Goodson. Aside from Warner, managing partner James Rizzo and partners M. Miller Baker, Mark Collins, Gregory Krauss, and Peter Tompa also moved to McDermott. Warner, whose client list includes several large insurance companies, says she was looking for a broader platform for her practice. She is the second name partner to leave Carr Goodson in as many years. In late 1998, James Lee left the firm to start up Lee & McShane. Still, remaining founding partner Robert Goodson is optimistic. “The lawyers at Carr Goodson are looking forward to expanding their work and continuing the great tradition of this firm,” he says. From Legal Times

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