The number of attorneys defecting from the U.S. Department of Justice to private practice is mounting as the head of the agency continues to fend off calls for his ouster over the firing of eight U.S. Attorneys.

In the last month alone, several attorneys in key posts at the Department of Justice (DOJ) have taken jobs at prominent law firms. Although some of the departures may be attributable to the usual revolving door for attorney jobs at government agencies, the imbroglio surrounding U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is an unlikely enticement for attorneys to stay put.

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