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June 30, 2009 8:46 PM

Mayer Brown Names Partner-in-Charge of New York Office

Two months after partners voted to create a new managing partner position and named a new chairman, Mayer Brown continues to roll out leadership changes. Tuesday it named Richard Spehr the partner-in-charge of the New York office.

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06/30/09 Posted by Vivian Yee

Debevoise, Linklaters Get More Work from AIG

We're not sure if AIG has reached the "everything must go" stage of selling off assets to help pay back $180 billion in federal government loans. But the ailing insurer continues to keep M&A lawyers busy.

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06/30/09 Posted by Brian Baxter

GM's Fritz Henderson Takes the Stand

The Am Law Daily dodged union protesters, braved huge lines, and suffered through court delays caused by sound system problems to get a firsthand look at the General Motors sales hearings.

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06/30/09 Posted by Zach Lowe

Franken's Victory in Minnesota Election Is Win for Perkins Coie

Minnesota's high court voted 5-0 Monday afternoon to uphold a lower court ruling declaring Democrat Al Franken the winner of the Senate race against Norm Coleman. The Am Law Daily talked to winning lawyer Marc Elias.

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06/30/09 Posted by Susan Beck

The Churn: Lateral Moves and Promotions in The Am Law 200

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher takes a fourth partner this month from Clifford Chance, and Virtual Law Partners adds four. Plus: moves to K&L Gates, Linklaters, Mintz Levin, and Sutherland Asbill. The Churn is constant. Send your news to amlawdaily@incisivemedia.com.

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06/30/09 Posted by Vivian Yee

Fried Frank Hosts Gay Marriage Panel Discussion

While the New York State Senate's stalemate over majority control has prevented a gay marriage bill from coming to a vote, if the crowd at a Fried Frank event on Monday night is any indication, New York lawyers remain enthusiastic about the future of same sex marriage rights.

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06/30/09 Posted by Rachel Breitman

Ex-Bingham Associate Files Date Rape Suit

Months after a Massachusetts state agency dismissed a sexual harassment complaint against Bingham McCutchen filed by a former associate, the firm has been slapped with a civil suit by Michelle Moor, who seeks damages for allegedly being drugged at a holiday party by a Bingham staffer.

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06/30/09 Posted by Brian Baxter

Study: Law Firms Have "Little or No Interest in Change," CLOs Say

An annual survey of chief legal officers conducted by legal consulting firm Altman Weil has found that law firms aren't exactly embracing the forces of change that many claim are sweeping the legal industry.

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06/30/09 Posted by Brian Baxter

Sentencing Order for ex-Latham Partner Decries Double Life

Samuel Fishman was ordered to spend 15 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to one count of wire fraud. Echoing themes from the Bernard Madoff saga, Judge Victor Marrero's sentencing order is an impassioned condemnation of this "subset of white-collar criminal" who appear to be "distinguished, reputable, highly esteemed model citizens."

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06/30/09 Posted by Susan Beck

Checking in with AIG Trust Lawyer Kevin Barnard of Arnold & Porter

AIG holds its annual shareholders meeting this morning. Shareholders will be asked to vote on a number of issues, including a motion by dissident shareholders to further restrict executive pay. Kevin Barnard talks about what to expect from today's meeting and explains more about the government-created trust that now controls the company.

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06/30/09 Posted by Julie Triedman

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