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Stuart E. Eizenstat, former adviser to President Jimmy Carter and recently a former deputy Treasury secretary, will join the Washington, D.C., office of Covington & Burling in July. Eizenstat, 58, is an Atlanta native and former partner in Powell, Goldstein, Frazer & Murphy’s Atlanta and Washington offices. He will head the Covington firm’s international practice, focusing on international business transactions, regulations and resolving trade problems. Eizenstat says seven or eight law firms offered him a position, including Powell Goldstein. He narrowed his choice to Powell Goldstein and the Covington firm, but ultimately decided that he wanted “a new challenge after eight years,” in the Clinton administration, he says. Eizenstat says Powell Goldstein’s Washington attorneys “can more than stand on their own feet” without his help. When he started the Washington outfit in 1981, there were two attorneys in that office, he says. Now there are more than 100. Eizenstat became deputy treasury secretary in July 1999 and served in that post for the remainder of President Bill Clinton’s administration. Eizenstat started his law career in Atlanta as a law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Newell Edenfield from 1968 to 1970. From 1970 to 1976, he practiced at Powell Goldstein’s Atlanta office and then joined Carter’s presidential campaign full time as director of issues and policy. After Carter’s election, Eizenstat became the transition planning group’s director of policy, planning and analysis. During the Carter administration, Eizenstat served on the White House staff as assistant for domestic affairs and policy and later as its executive director. In 1981, when Carter left office, Eizenstat returned to Powell Goldstein and started its Washington office. Eizenstat was the firm’s vice chairman and Washington office chairman when he left in 1993 to serve in the Clinton administration. He was the U.S. representative to the European Union from 1993 to 1996, then became the under secretary of commerce and headed the International Trade Administration from 1996 to 1997. From 1997 to 1999, Eizenstat was undersecretary of state for economic, business and agricultural affairs. Before starting with Covington, Eizenstat says he will work on a book he is writing on Holocaust negotiations for the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars. During the Clinton administration, Eizenstat helped negotiate the recovery of more than $6 billion in Holocaust victims’ assets from Swiss banks and German and Austrian industry and government. Covington & Burling has more than 450 lawyers in offices in Washington, New York, San Francisco, London, and Brussels, Belgium. The firm’s clients include Microsoft, UBS Warburg, Bacardi, Monsanto, Warner Lambert and Merck. Powell Goldstein has more than 300 lawyers, with about 200 in Atlanta. The firm also has offices in Washington, Reston, Va., and Geneva, Switzerland. Powell Goldstein’s Atlanta office managing partner Armin G. Brecher says he doesn’t think Eizenstat’s move reflects poorly on the firm. “I think he had some different kinds of priorities. Let’s leave it at that,” Brecher says. DEATH ROW LAWYER HONORED The University of Central England in Birmingham has conferred an honorary doctorate on Stephen B. Bright, director of the Southern Center for Human Rights. Bright, who traveled to England to accept the degree last week, addressed students of the law and social sciences department. Bright also thanked Amicus, a British organization that sends representatives to the United States to oppose the death penalty. The Southern Center for Human Rights provides legal representation to death row inmates and prisoners who challenge confinement in 11 Southern states. BRIEFLY … Andrew G. Berg has joined King & Spalding’s Washington office as a partner. Berg is an antitrust practitioner and counsels clients on mergers and acquisitions and antitrust matters in private litigation, as well as before the Federal Trade Commission, the antitrust division of the Department of Justice, state attorneys general. His practice also focuses on consumer protection and unfair and deceptive trade practice matters involving advertising, marketing and credit practices. Prior to joining K&S, Berg was a partner in the Washington office of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld. Charles Villa-Vicencio, executive director of the Cape Town, South Africa-based Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, will deliver Emory University School of Law’s 2001 Currie Lecture in Law and Religion. The address, “Church, State and Restorative Justice: Did the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Succeed in South Africa?” will be held in the law school’s Tull Auditorium at 11 a.m. on Feb. 27.

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