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    April 22, 2009  
 

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There was a lot more security this morning for Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner at the Economic Club than for White House adviser Larry Summers a week ago, but only 5 cameras compared to 11 for Larry. Are cameramen harder to get out of bed for breakfast than lunch, or do they think Tim just stays more on-message and doesn’t provide as much copy?

 

Law firms could use even a sliver of good economic news. So you’ll be happy to know that Tim, whom we snapped here with Carlyle Group founder David Rubenstein, indicated that some credit is loosening up. And for those of you concerned about inflation, he was careful to say multiple times that the Administration stands read to “unwind and reverse actions” (think: huge bailout and stimulus programs) once the crisis has receded.

 
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WilmerHale co-managing partner Bill Perlstein, second from left, was due in New York today at noon to meet with a hedge fund client, but figured they’d excuse him if he could say, “Well, Secretary Geithner kept me.” Then he’s on to Cincinatti to meet with Procter & Gamble for which WH does IP litigation; Bill spends 40% of his time on the road. With him, from left, McLean Capital’s Dendy Young, Deloitte’s Tom Davis (the former Congressman—excuse our product placement, and review our shoutout above) and Emily Rothberg, and Cardinal Bank president Kevin Reynolds.


LAST NIGHT’S LEGAL AID AWARDS
 

Neither stormy skies nor $39 valet parking fees could deter a crowd of 500 from turning out in support of the Legal Aid Society last night at the JW Marriott. Seemed that every top shop in town bought a table at the 20th annual “Servant of Justice” awards, which raised $630K. If you ask any further proof the commitment of this crowd, we note that all of these people willingly missed disco night on American Idol to attend.

 

One of the night’s big winners: Tony Herman of Covington, who holds his Servant of Justice Award between Legal Aid’s President Martin Klepper of Skadden Arps (who with his wife has endowed the Klepper Prize for Volunteer Excellence) and universally praised executive director Jonathan Smith. How good has Tony been as chair of Covington’s public service committee? Across town last night, Covington received yet another award, from the Mayor, for pro bono efforts that include sending associates into rotation at the Children’s Law Center.

 

Howard Law Dean and former Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke took home the other Servant of Justice prize for a lifetime of public service that includes founding a (still operating) child care center while a Yale undergrad and efforts to promote adult literacy that won him a national Literacy Award from President George H.W. Bush. Before he turned academic, Kurt was a partner at WilmerHale, so for this pic we pulled in Wilmer associate Kristen Phinnessee and career development attorney Kenneth Imo.

 

Hogan came out in force, including Audrey Anderson (in red) who sits on Legal Aid’s board. With her were (bottom row) Veronica Yepez, Natalie Sinicrope, Sarah Fleisch, and (top, l to r) Kim Whaley, Taryn Fielder and Michelle Adams. Taryn’s a real estate associate who took two months away from the firm to serve as deputy general counsel of the Presidential Inaugural Committee under P.I.C. GC Deborah Ashford, a Hogan partner who has also returned to the fold. We’re just going to assume that neither of them had input on Aretha Franklin’s hat.

 

As cocktail hour was closing we bumped into Gilbert Oshinky’s Scott Gilbert and Zuckerman Spaeder executive committee chair Graeme Bush. Scott earned his drink, or at least his associates did: we can attest that Gilbert Oshinsky takes Legal Aid’s Generous Associates Challenge seriously, proving it this year by being the top-contributing firm of fewer than 50 lawyers in DC for a campaign that generated $780,000.

 

Here’s the Klepper Prize winner, Pillsbury counsel Julia Judish, with husband Nathan, an attorney working the computer crimes beat at DOJ’s criminal division. Julia got pulled in to work on an ethics matter for Legal Aid some eight years ago as a standout associate, and hasn’t stopped. She assisted in drafting the group’s employee policy handbook, serves as primary outside ethics counsel, and was called de facto GC of the organization, but she was keeping it humble last night despite the hardware. In her speech she said the intake screening she still does with a group of volunteers from Pillsbury is among the most rewarding work she does for Legal Aid.

John Ford is Bisnow’s Legal Editor. Send him your best pro bono stories at john@bisnow.com.

 
 
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