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    June 10, 2008  


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Care for a frosty with that?


Call us suckers for a feel-good story, but we had to track down Sullivan & Cromwell DC managing Partner Daryl Libow when we heard the firm was named the nation’s best adoption-friendly legal workplace. The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (yep, the Wendy’s people) bestowed the honor for Sullivan’s providing up to $7,500 and 18 weeks of paid leave per adoption for primary caregivers. While we were there, Daryl rattled off some other family-friendly benefits: Sullivan hosts a monthly parenting discussion group, was one of the first firms to extend paid maternity leave to 18 weeks, and has a flex time program. Daryl’s not an adoptive parent, but his extended family includes 125 students who graduated last week from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, where he’s a board member.

Future Bestseller?    

Steptoe & Johnson partner Pantelis Michalopoulos hasn’t been sitting on his laurels (well, except when Bisnow photogs come round). In stolen moments from his telecom practice, he’s penned a novel, “2020,” which he’s shopping to publishers this month. The pitch: 12 years from now the U.S. is conquered by allied forces from Russia, India and China—yikes—who put U.S. leaders on trial for war crimes (future wars that is, not Iraq). But lawyers also face punishment—double yikes—for standing silent while America waged war. When not wearing his Hemmingway hat, the Athens native reps clients like AOL and Dish Network. He’s currently contesting certain state taxes on satellite dishes, which Pantelis says are unfair because the taxes don’t apply to cable.

Pro Bono Goes Global


Jet lag is Suzie Turner’s worst enemy these days. Dechert’s firm-wide pro bono head just spoke at a Moscow conference, attended by reps from firms like White & Case and Hogan & Hartson, on building up pro bono efforts in Russia. We caught her during a rare appearance in her DC office, before she headed to London to supervise 20 pro bono cases across Europe. She’s also assisting on a case in Kenya, challenging a national law that holds women financially responsible for child support. Despite her international work, Suzie’s all for pro bono at home, too, reminding us that 80% of the legal needs of America’s poor go unmet.

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