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    June 24, 2008  


We've been so busy watching lawyers playing soccer and rocking the Black Cat stage that we almost forgot some work gets done over the summer. Well, net-working anyway. For example, the American Antitrust Institute's 10th anniversary doings at the Press Club, where trust-busters honored their all-stars and dispensed antitrust policy advice to the next administration.


Skadden Arps partner John Nannes and AAI president Bert Foer flank Civil Servant Award winner Bernie Hollander. The AAI launched in 1998, capitalizing on increased interest in antitrust law due to the Microsoft proceedings, but Bernie was ahead of the curve—he joined the DoJ's Antitrust Division in 1949. A Navy veteran of World War II, he joined DoJ because he says he wanted to stay in civil service. He's been there ever since, taking on ABC, CBS, NBC and RCA in cartel and monopoly cases.


Bert congratulates Morgan Lewis antitrust guru John Shenefield on his Achievement Award. John worked for DoJ as assistant AG for Antirust from '77-'79, then Associate AG from '79-'81, responsible for competition policy. He gave up the power in '86 to join Morgan Lewis, where he remains 22 years later.  

Washington Bar's First Conference

The Washington Bar Association, one of the country's first African-American bar associations, just held its first conference in its 83-year history, at the Charles Sumner School Museum. WBA president Rob Bell (red tie) of Bell Law Firm watched over it all—easy when you're so much taller than everybody else. Joining him from left: Dickstein Shapiro associate Rod Pratt, GW Law associate dean for trial advocacy Alfreda Robinson, FAA attorney India Pinkney, and Senate Ethics Committee counselor Tremayne Bunaugh. Highlights included a dinner discussion moderated by Fox News legal commentator Ted Williams on Jack Olsen's Last Man Standing, about former Black Panther leader Geronimo Pratt.


We met up with attorney Mark Cowan of Patton Boggs yesterday.  A former Reagan official at DoL and OSHA, founder of the Jefferson and Columbus consulting groups and one time vice-chair of Cassidy, he came to Patton Boggs in 2000 to do something he thought logical, and only later discovered was, as far as he can tell, the first time it'd ever been done among the Amlaw 100:  A partner 100% devoted to business development.  Now the model's been emulated elsewhere, and he's grown his force at PB to a department of nine, eight of whom are non-lawyers. And he's continued his tradition of teaching lawyer colleagues how to sell; lately he's been holding his courses at RTJ—so seriously, they do it inside, not on the course.          


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