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    June 23, 2008  


No, that’s not a new piece of litigation, but rather this past weekend’s two-day soccer battle among some of DC’s top law firms (sharks) and corporation lawyers (suits). DC SCORES put together the annual event held at Trinity College, raising $85,000 for the  after-school soccer and writing program. We ran the sidelines on Saturday to see who could Bend it like Boumediene.


Marriott General Counsel Ed Ryan, right, took a knee on the sideline, allowing us to get this picture of the back of his distinguished head of white hair.  (What can we say, some of our attempts at artistic pictures are more successful than others.)  Here, Ritz Carlton’s Bill Berry (green socks) and Marriott lawyer Shai Ingber join Ed in the soccer bench version of a chorus line. Ed’s been busy helping Marriott spin off a new boutique hotel brand called Edition. The initial locations will include DC, Paris, and Madrid but the first won’t open until 2010. Maybe Ed will actually see some playing time before then.


Marriott has won the DC SCORES tournament twice, but this year played runner up to the sharks at Kirkland & Ellis. Here’s Kirkland first-year associate Alex Berg, attempting a penalty kick after he was tripped up by a Hogan & Hartson defender. Alex, a varsity baller at Tufts (ringer!), scored on the play. No word on whether he requested Rule 11 sanctions against the offending Hogan player.


Team Venable ended with two losses and a tie but the hot dogs in their hands appear to have erased any bad memories. Ready to chow are Tim DeKeyser, Leah Statkus, Matthew Beville, Matt Field, Zayd Alathari, and Carl Szabo. Matthew and Carl both ran in last week’s Lawyers Have Heart 10K. Rumor has it they also go to work sometimes.


The Hogan & Hartson squad found some shade before their third match of the day. Catherine Byrd, Christine Lilly, Dan Cochrane, Beth Harris, Rob Smith, Mark Schoenfelder, Brian Janovitz, Joe Raffetto, and #1 fan Hilary Cerkey. Hogan had two of its own secret weapons: Christine played collegiate ball at UNC and Rob at Indiana.

WLF Reviews Supreme Court


The excitement at the end of the Supreme Court term is matched only by the anticipation of all the discussions reviewing said term. The Washington Legal Foundation kicked off the season with former U.S. AG and Pennsylvania Gov. Dick Thornburgh, second from right, leading a discussion with Mayer Brown’s Dan Himmelfarb, Morgan Lewis’s Ted Cruz, and Akin Gump’s Thomas Goldstein (of SCOTUSblog fame). Ted just moved back to DC last month after five years as Texas Solicitor General, a position that called on him to argue eight Supreme Court cases, including two last session. His record this year: one victory (Medellin v. Texas) and one pending (Kennedy v. Louisiana). Ted’s been tasked with recruiting for Morgan Lewis, and he’s got his eye on at least one prospect—his daughter was born nine weeks ago.


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