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    July 1, 2008  

One of the great new condominiums of the region has opened its doors: Lionsgate, in the heart of Bethesda. We believe it will become a well-known landmark of luxury and convenience. See their ad to right, and tell 'em we sent you!


Wow, they should create a Venable Athletic Club and put this guy in the brochure! But they should take a little liberty and say those lawyer looking offices down the hall are just changing rooms, right?


Allow us to introduce Venable's Tom Kelly, environmental and white collar specialist by day, who loves facing down endurance challenges. A couple years back he defended Atlantic States Cast Iron Pipe Company in the longest federal environmental criminal trial in U.S. history, spending eight months in Trenton on the case. Now he's just back from a 100-mile bike ride around Lake Tahoe, climbing to a peak of 7,044 feet at the 80-mile mark. Tom joined 90 others from the DC area who used the event to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's cancer research. Despite missing the last long training ride (93 miles, yawn), Tom finished and brought in $6,000 in pledged donations. As you can see, the commute from Potomac is no sweat for him now.

Womble Carlyle Helps Vets


Womble Carlyle and WMACCA organized an all-day clinic last Friday to aid vets with federal disability applications. What's so special about that?  It was started because a federal law prevents vets from paying attorneys to file disability applications. Sounds nutty, but it's a Civil War-era statute designed to protect veterans from unsavory lawyers. Above, event organizers and Womble partners Jim Gladstone and Gary Nunes flank managing partner Pam Rothenberg in the "bullpen," which looked suspiciously like a conference room, awaiting takers.

AU Law Dean Fights Torture


In other causes that everyone can get behind, AU Law dean Claudio Grossman was just elected to chair the U.N.'s Committee Against Torture, a 10-member body that meets twice per year in Geneva to track compliance with the Convention Against Torture. The convention has been ratified by 145 countries (including the US). It isn't all cushy trips to Switzerland, though; the committee also investigates conditions via onsite visits to alleged offending countries. Claudio tells us the latest global trend is a rise in torture against Gypsies. Dean since 1995, he's also the school's Raymond Geraldson Scholar for International and Humanitarian Law.


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