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Alan Levine, who represented the Legal Services Corporation in this week’s U.S. Supreme Court arguments in Legal Services Corp. v. Velazquez, 99-603, is a white-collar criminal defense and securities litigator and partner at New York’s Kronish, Lieb Weiner & Hellman. Levine, a 1973 New York University School of Law graduate, worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District from 1975 to 1980 and is co-managing partner at Kronish Lieb. Levine helped fashion a deal earlier this year as lawyer for Sumitomo Corp. that called for Merrill Lynch, without any admission of wrongdoing, to pay the Japanese company $275 million plus legal fees over a loss of $2.6 billion as a result of alleged unauthorized trading by one of Sumitomo’s former copper traders, Yasuo Hamanaka. In 1998, Levine filed suit on behalf of 14 corporate and private investors against Morgan Stanley & Co. International for fraud and negligent misrepresentation in connection with a $120 million offshore investment fund that collapsed in 1995. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and serves as one of four vice chairs of the American Bar Association Committee on White-Collar Crime. In 1995, he received the Torch of Learning Award, which is given by the Lawyers Division of the American Friends of the Hebrew University. Levine is handling the case pro bono, at the request of Alexander Forger, the former head of the LSC. Burt Neuborne, who represents a group of New York City legal services clients in Legal Services Corp. v. Velazquez, 99-603, is an author and widely quoted constitutional law scholar at New York University School of Law. A professor and legal director of the Brennan Center for Justice, which represents indigent Legal Services clients, and former director of the American Civil Liberties Union, Neuborne played a leading role in the $1.25 billion Swiss banks-Holocaust victims settlement approved in July. A 1964 Harvard Law School graduate, Neuborne served as court-appointed lead counsel in the Swiss bank case. He also served as chief negotiator for American lawyers for a pact that resulted in the establishment of a $5 billion fund from German government and businesses as reparations for people who had worked as either “slave” or “forced” laborers under Nazi domination. In addition, Neuborne led the legal team that challenged New York’s ballot access rules and succeeded in getting Arizona Senator John McCain on the state’s Republican primary slate. Neuborne has been teaching law at NYU since 1974 and is the John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law. He has been special counsel to the ACLU since 1978. In 1996, he played Reverend Jerry Falwell’s attorney Roy Grutman in the film, “The People vs. Larry Flynt,” and in the same year he played himself in “Mistrial,” a television movie.

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