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    June 20, 2008  


Last night we broke out our glowsticks and hit the Black Cat to see Banding Together, a battle of law firm bands with proceeds benefiting Gifts for the Homeless. This year's champs: the Williams & Connolly group "Dangerous Communication Device." We knew litigators would be good in a battle.


Miller & Chevalier's Shane Hamilton, right, demonstrates for wife Rachel and colleague Philip Mann how to vote for their favorite band. Every dollar equaled one vote. (Election lawyers turn a blind eye for charity.) Shane's the front man for King Cadillac, last year's winner. He's also a good sport since this photo required multiple takes and he added money every time.


Kirkland & Ellis' Walt Lohmann and Mark Grummer, aka "Stressbomb," after finishing their set. Walt created Banding Together five years ago and still sits on the board of Gifts for the Homeless. Mark told the crowd that a year ago he was battling cancer, not sure if he'd ever leave GW Hospital let alone rock and roll. We'd say he looked in top form.


Sutherland's Dan Buchner, lead singer of "Waterson," looked the part of a true rocker even without violating the "no crowd surfing" rule. His Sutherland colleague, partner Carol Weiser, president of Gifts for the Homeless, told us the group exceeded its $100,000 goal for the evening, with every penny going to clothing for the homeless.


Alston & Bird's Jamie Hutchinson with his cheering section (and daughter), Amanda. Jamie and Hogan & Hartson's Lewis Leibowitz, right, are the rhythm section of Beats Workin'. Their rendition of "Route 66" had the whole crowd, not just next of kin, dancing.



Also last night, the Minority Corporate Counsel Association drew a packed crowd of 750 (we could barely elbow our way to the bar for, umm, "research") to the JW Marriott for its Diversity Dinner, celebrating Mid-Atlantic region law firms and corporations with strong diversity efforts. We pulled this crowd up from the head table: Group Goetz Architects GC Thomas Hart; Arnold & Porter Managing Partner Richard Alexander; MCCA Exec. Dir. Veta Richardson; Thomas Sager, who takes over as GC of DuPont on July 1; and Tom Milch, Chair of Arnold & Porter. (Alert: new Bisnow record for Toms in one pic.) Sager, a co-founder of MCCA, has an award named after him for the law firm committed to minority attorneys, and Richard took it home on behalf of A&P last night.


Our friend Bob Bostrum, right, Freddie Mac GC, was given the "Employer of Choice" honor, which just proves our point that good things happen to those who headline a Bisnow GC lunch. Actually, Bob seems to be an inspirational leader-40 members of his Freddie Mac team and friends came out in support, including from right to left: wife Elizabeth (so glam), SVP John Dye, and John's wife, Sharon Knight of Sidley & Austin.


And look who we spotted-trial lawyer extraordinaire Michele Roberts of Akin Gump, with Venable's Robert Wilkins. Michele is just off her successful defense of Sonnenschein (see, she's really a lawyer's lawyer) in D.C. Superior Court litigation brought by a former partner over a pay dispute. She tried the case in March with co-lead James Hamilton of Bingham, but Michele told us the judge had just finished his final calculations on the award. The ex-partner, who had asked for more than $8 million, will be getting just $65,000.


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