Wednesday, August 15, 2007

LAW.COM Newswire Highlights August 15, 2007

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  • Ga. Court Clerk, Sheriff Plead Guilty to Charges, Resign
    Fulton County Daily Report
    One month after FBI agents raided the chambers of Georgia Judge Brooks E. Blitch III, court clerk Daniel V. Leccese Sr. has pleaded guilty to felony mail fraud and quit his job. Blitch is not named in court filings in Leccese's case. Also on Friday, Sheriff Gerald W. Brogdon pleaded guilty to the illegal sale of firearms. A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Georgia declined to comment whether the Leccese and Brogdon cases are related.
  • Ex-Prosecutors Find Private Practice a Challenge
    The National Law Journal
    The Sarbanes-Oxley Act in 2002 created a big demand for attorneys who could handle more corporate governance business, and law firms snatched up federal prosecutors in hopes of taking advantage of the opportunity. But though the transition to Debevoise & Plimpton was "pretty easy" for former Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Ceresney, not every prosecutor is cut out for private practice, he says. "The government tends to see things as black and white. You definitely see things more in shades of gray."
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  • SEC's New Rule Prohibits Hedge Fund Advisers From Engaging in Fraudulent Acts
    Special to
    Following a recent, and problematic, decision of the D.C. Circuit, the SEC has adopted a new rule under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 to clarify the SEC's ability to bring enforcement actions under the IAA against investment advisers who defraud investors or prospective investors in a hedge fund or other pooled investment vehicle. Torys partner Joris Hogan says the new rule should put to rest uncertainty over whether the antifraud rules under the IAA cover investors or prospective investors in a PIV.
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  • Commentary: Lessons Learned in Boosting Pro Bono
    Legal Times
    In the past three years, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's pro bono hours nearly tripled. Associate Daniel Cantu, who is a member of the firm's national pro bono committee, explains how Gibson Dunn management created a national committee to facilitate pro bono projects, streamlined processes for attorneys who wished to take on such work and instituted awards to recognize excellence in pro bono representation. And some of those lessons would work for any firm seeking to expand its pro bono program.
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