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    April 11, 2008  
 
 

SKADDEN HAS HEART


Join us for lunch with three of America's top General Counsels: Freddie Mac's Bob Bostrum, the Washington Post's Veronica Dillon, and American Capital Strategies' Sam Flax (largest publicly-held private equity firm in the US; Sam and his team were named WMACCA's law department of the year).  Wed, May 28, at Il Mulino in DC. Sign up here. Thanks to great sponsor Studley.

 

When we think about Skadden, let's face it, we probably think money. But Wednesday night the firm threw open its doors to a less pecuniary-minded crowd, DC Law Students in Court, which uses third-years from Georgetown, GW, Howard, Catholic, and American to represent needy clients in civil, criminal misdemeanor, and juvenile litigation.

 

LSIC Board Chair Nancy Cantalupo doubles as Assistant Dean of Georgetown's clinical program, largest in the country with 12 in-house clinics. They're going on 13, having just nabbed star Jane Aiken from Wash U to run their newest. Nancy's framed by Georgetown prof Wally Mlyniec (we double-checked the spelling) and Superior Court Judge Gerald Fisher, a former supervising attorney for LSIC who has also served on Harvard's trial ad faculty. Intimidated by all the brainpower, we were relieved when Nancy confessed she relaxes with trashy mystery novels.    

 

Off in a separate room, program alums like Weil Gotshal partner Adam Strochak recorded memories to be played at the October event. As a GW student, Adam helped a woman with overwhelming medical bills through a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. He's still doing bankruptcy work today—only now for clients like Sharper Image, which recently filed Chapter 11. Program alum Stephanie Brown of G-Town did the taping.

 

This is either a more elegant take on American Gothic or Chief DC Superior Court Judge Rufus King III with LSIC's 18-year Executive Director Ann Marie Hay. Ann's been with the group 30 years and is bidding farewell on May 16. Hey, Skadden, that deserves another party!

 

Supervising attorneys Jim Manlowe, Jenifer Foster, Joanna Day, and Nathan Neil. (Jenifer is actually a Special Project Attorney, serving as the "Attorney of the Day" two days a week in landlord-tenant court.) Court rules require each student to be supervised by a professor, so each of them has adjunct appointments with all five participating schools. And that's not the most impressive thing on their resumes: Jim, for one, spent two years doing USAID-sponsored human rights work in Burma. Now if these good causes drew Big Law salaries, the world would be perfect.
 

John Ford is Bisnow's Managing Editor. Story tips to: john@bisnow.com.

 
 
 
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