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    January 21, 2010  
 
 
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WINTER OVER: STEPTOE UNFREEZES SALARIES

We'll see many of you at our Breakfast & Schmooze tomorrow on "Where do Women Stand?" See details below.

 
Yesterday, we met up with Steptoe & Johnson’s recently re-elected chair Roger Warin and vice chair Phil Malet. The duo, both firm lifers, tell us Steptoe just decided to unfreeze (defrost?) associate salaries, and 18 new associates will be starting this quarter.
 
Steptoe & Johnson’s recently re-elected chair Roger Warin, right, and vice chair Phil Malet.

Phil, left, tells us the firm is “better positioned coming out of the recession than going in,” and Roger expects to see continued lateral growth in every one of its eight offices, and the addition of at least one new office in the next two years (they’re looking at the Bay Area, Houston, and Asia). Because the firm’s revenues are about 70% litigation and regulatory based, Roger says increasing regulation is “likely to create more opportunities.”

Steptoe & Johnson’s recently re-elected chair Roger Warin and vice chair Phil Malet.

While they would rather be known as loyal servants to their clients and fellow partners, we discovered that Roger is, by his own admission, an “inept and enthusiastic” skier, and Phil, a “poor excuse” for a golfer. Over New Year’s, Roger feted a group of 20 (though not the G-20 proper) in Breckenridge, CO, and Phil (the slightly tanner of the two) hit up the links at the famous Kapalua plantation course in Maui.


BOOK OF THE WEEK PROVES POLITICIANS NOT ALWAYS SLEAZY

 
Dr. Robert Faulkner, author of The Case for Greatness: Honorable Ambition and its Critics

Are politicians, by virtue of their ambition, sleazy? Dr. Robert Faulkner, author of The Case for Greatness: Honorable Ambition and its Critics, reminds us that many classic philosophers made persuasive arguments to the contrary. We know all DC lawyers dream of holding public office (if they haven’t already), so yesterday we ducked into the Philodemic Room (home of the country’s oldest debate society) at G'town U. to hear Robert’s explanation of what distinguishes honorable political ambition from vapid careerism. “The wish to be deserving of the esteem of one’s most discerning peers,” as opposed to a mere thirst for prestige, says Robert, “is honorable.” We agree, but then again, we're just trying to be popular.


GIFTS FOR THE HOMELESS

 
Foley & Lardner’s all-star legal assistants, Victoria Taylor, with firm partner Joe Edmondson taking donations for the homeless

Last month, Gifts for the Homeless, a non-profit darling of the DC legal community, conducted its 21st annual clothing drive. Here’s one of Foley & Lardner’s all-star legal assistants, Victoria Taylor, with firm partner Joe Edmondson (the clothing drive’s coordinator for the 3rd year in a row) accepting a donation. Joe tells us over 250 volunteers from local law firms, government agencies, and corporate legal departments bagged 3,333 loads of clothing, which they then delivered to 78 homeless service organizations around town. Although the drive is over, it’s still cold outside, so direct your leftover holiday cheer to www.gfth.org, which is still accepting financial donations.


TOMORROW’S EVENT: WHERE DO WOMEN STAND

 
Barbara Wahl, chair of Arent Fox’s litigation department

We’re looking forward to seeing the formidable Barbara Wahl, chair of Arent Fox’s litigation department, moderate ourWhere Do Women Stand?” event tomorrow at Sequoia. She’ll be keeping this panel on their feet: BET CEO Debra Lee, Microsoft Federal chief Teresa Carlson, American Bar Association Prez Carolyn Lamm, and famed Akin Gump litigator Michele Roberts. We’re expecting a packed house (over 450 RSVPs), so bring your business cards and come ready to schmooze—which knows no gender barrier.


UPCOMING EVENTS
 

January 22 - Bisnow Breakfast & Schmooze, Where do Women Stand? (Part II) - 7:45-10:00am - Sequoia Restaurant. Info

 
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