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PARTNER PROMOTED TO ASSOCIATE With new tech associates out-drawing Alan Greenspan, it was perhaps inevitable that a second-tier firm partner would take a mega-cut in seniority in return for a raise. Enter Norman J. Hamill, Loyola of Los Angeles class of ’91. Hamill has traded in his position as a nonequity partner at Gordon & Rees, a midsize San Francisco firm known for insurance defense, for a position at tech firm Cooley Godward, in Palo Alto, Calif., as a junior associate. The partner track, it seems, is no longer one-way. Says “LessinSF,” the cyberhandle of a senior Bay Area Greedy Associate, “It’s indicative of the growing dichotomy between firms that can premium bill and firms that have to function on insurance rates.” Bay Area tech associates are valuable, but they’re also replaceable. Hamill declined to discuss his move. From The National Law Journal JUDGE GETS JURY DUTY Robert Steigmann is getting an opportunity to practice what he has preached. Fourth District Appellate Court Justice Robert Steigmann, who served as chairman of the committee that revised the “Illinois Pattern Jury Instructions” for criminal cases, is currently serving on jury duty in Illinois’ Champaign County Circuit Court. “I was chairman of the committee for four years and on it several years before that, a total of eight years,” Steigmann says. “That’s spending a lot of time thinking about juries and instructions. I devoted so much time to dealing with juries, I love to see it in action.” Last week, Steigmann was a juror on a drug case, but before the case went to the jury, Champaign County Circuit Judge J.G. Townsend granted a directed verdict of acquittal. Townsend ruled the prosecutors had not presented enough evidence to link the man to the crime. Townsend said that the presence of a judicial colleague didn’t make him nervous. Defense Attorney Walter Ding said he left Steigmann on the jury because he felt he would be able to focus on the issues that mattered. Steigmann still has another week of jury duty ahead of him. From American Lawyer Media JUDGE WON’T TOLERATE TARDINESS A Dauphin County, Penn. judge has made one thing clear: If you are supposed to be in his courtroom, you had better be on time. President Judge Joseph Kleinfelter ordered a police officer detained for the day after he showed up late for a court appearance. Officer Vaughn Turner was supposed to testify that day as the arresting officer in a marijuana-possession case. When Turner appeared late in court that morning, Kleinfelter ordered him held by sheriff’s deputies until the postponed case came up again at 4:30 p.m. Kleinfelter said he acted at the request of a deputy district attorney who had asked him to enforce a subpoena for the officer’s appearance. The court can only do so by issuing an arrest warrant, he said. The action was the latest in a string of Dauphin County cases in which officers or attorneys have been punished for being late or absent from court, or for not following a judge’s orders. Most have occurred since Kleinfelter took over as president judge five months ago. “The bottom line is that you don’t be late for court unless you’ve got a real good reason — like you died or something,” said Terry Davis, head of the county’s probation office. From Pennsylvania Law Weekly

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