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    June 6, 2008  


Don't miss "The Spy in the FBI: Lessons Learned in Management and Admin. in a Changing Technological Environment" featuring former FBI Investigator Eric O'Neil. Hosted by ALA Capital Chapter, June 12th, Noon, Il Mulino.  For tickets click here.


Yesterday the local Boy Scouts chapter threw its third annual "Good Scout" award lunch honoring plaintiff's champion Bill Lightfoot and WilmerHale's Jamie Gorelick as attorneys of the year. We took our flashlight and sleeping bag and headed over.


Man behind the event, Sterne Kessler founder Rob Sterne, not old enough to be celebrating the 30th anniversary of his firm, helped draw 500 (double his first crowd in 2006) and took in $175,000 for area scouting. Wonder if he gets a merit badge.


Honoree Bill Lightfoot, whom Washingtonian ranks one of the top 50 lawyers in DC (here with former Women's Bar Association prez Tracy Durkin). Yesterday his mind was half on work (he's dotting the i's on a settlement with Metro over a fatal accident involving one of its buses) and half on politics. One of the leaders of Hillary Clinton's DC contingent, he'll be in Denver with the platform committee.



With carbon-emission legislation of some form expected from the next President, everyone's talking about new "climate change" practices: Chadbourne & Parke formed theirs in February, with 28 lawyers, 11 based in DC. It's an umbrella group incorporating firm specialties like environmental and project finance (particularly in renewable energy and biofuels). DC managing partner and environmental group head Andy Giaccia (standing by his prized green initiative certificates) told us his firm's approach is unique for including members of its insurance and reinsurance groups. Chadbourne served as the national coordinating counsel for reinsurers dealing with Hurricane Katrina, and Andy thinks climate change will cause insurance problems on that kind of scale. Chadbourne also expects to be helping companies with green-related regulatory compliance and government investigations.



Our search for DC's best young lawyers doesn't stop at law firms: The other day we burrowed our way into Foggy Bottom's State Department (think Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible) to investigate nominee Holly Rich, center, of the American Foreign Service Association, the union for FSO's. Attorney Zlatana Badrich, left, and AFSA GC Sharon Papp provide visual evidence these labor lawyers don't discriminate based on height. We admit, Holly first caught our eye with her fashion sense—internships with Tiffany and Kate Spade will do that, not to mention her semi-obsessive viewings of Gossip Girl. But what stands out is her representation of clients in venues as far flung as Burma, Addis Ababa, and Karachi on employment grievances. Among other things, Holly uncovered widespread inconsistencies in the way the Feds apply their "military experience credit" for entry-level pay. Her case for a group of former military personnel is now pending before the Foreign Service Grievance Board.

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