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    May 27, 2008  


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Did you hear the one about the lawyer who does stand-up? His name’s Phil Mause, a litigation partner in Drinker Biddle’s commercial litigation group,  who performs once a week at places like DC Improv, New York Improv and the Baltimore Comedy Factory for up to 250 people. He even killed at his 40th Harvard Law School reunion a few weeks ago.                    


We went to see Phil’s 10-minute set Saturday night at the Bethesda Hyatt, where he riffed on old age (he’s 63) and Marion Barry. After the show he told us it all started five years ago when he and his daughter took an acting class at DC’s Theater Lab. Phil decided acting wasn’t for him, so he tried some stand-up lessons from Eddie Sarfaty (seen on Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend”). After a successful open mic night at Freddie’s Beach Bar in Crystal City, he was hooked. Phil says he can’t help seeing humor in his daily life, like when he drove past CIA headquarters in Langley, now called the George Bush Intelligence Center. (It’s named after 41, of course, but we’re not in a position to throw stones at someone stretching for a good line.)


On his breaks from the spotlight, Phil’s been working a pro bono matter for seven Native American clients asking the Patent and Trademark office to revoke the Redskins’ federal mark; the claim is based on law preventing the USPTO from registering disparaging trademarks. On the case since 2005, Phil tells us he doesn’t know when it will be resolved but wishes he could argue it in Philadelphia or Dallas instead of DC.  Always the jokester.          

‘Partners of Color’ Launches


Ben Wilson, Managing Principal at Beveridge & Diamond, has just started “Partners of Color in Washington, DC.” He says he toyed with the idea before but had worries about the interest level. He finally took it up a few months back, when DC Bar Prez Melvin White of McDermott Will and legal consultant Carl Cooper (formerly of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart) urged him. After calling around 60 names, and with the help of some word of mouth, Partners of Color drew a crowd of 90 to a first meeting at Beveridge this month.  Ben tells us the talk was of goals, dues (not yet set), and leadership positions. Already the membership includes 185 partners from 100 firms like DLA Piper, Covington and Dickstein Shapiro.

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