Beau Biden Heads to Grant & Eisenhofer: Business of Law

Ex-Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, who left the office last week, is joining Grant & Eisenhofer PA, a law firm specializing in shareholder litigation, as of counsel.

“During his eight years as AG, Beau led a number of significant justice-based initiatives, including his key role in the historic global settlement with the country’s largest banks in bringing financial relief to Delaware homeowners and others harmed by the subprime-mortgage crisis,” co-managing director Stuart Grant, said in a statement. Grant was Biden’s finance chair in previous political campaigns.

Biden, a former federal prosecutor and son of Vice President Joseph Biden, became Delaware’s attorney general in 2007. In April he said he wouldn’t seek re-election so he could focus on a run for governor in 2016.

Paul Hastings Said to Hire Luskin, Five Others for D.C. Office

Robert Luskin, who represented Alstom SA, which in December agreed to pay a record $772 million to end a U.S. Justice Department investigation into bribes paid to win power-plant contracts in Indonesia and the Middle East, is leaving Squire Patton Boggs to join Paul Hastings LLP, according a person familiar with the matter.

Luskin, who also represents New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s re-election campaign in the investigation of politically motivated traffic jams at the George Washington Bridge, is moving with five other attorneys: Kwame Manley, John S. Darden, Benjamin Wood, Jamie Gardner and Patrick J. Slevin, said the person, who requested anonymity because the matter isn’t public.

Among Luskin’s other high-profile cases was his representation of Karl Rove in the investigation of the leak of the identity of CIA officer Valerie Plame, according to his profile on Squire Patton Boggs’s website.

Angelo Kakolyris, a spokesman for Squire Patton Boggs, didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment on the moves.

Fordham University Taps Cardozo Dean to Lead Its Law School

Fordham University School of Law has chosen Matthew Diller, the current dean of Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, as its next leader.

For Diller, 55, the move to Fordham at the end of the academic year will be a homecoming of sorts. He taught at there for 16 years, and served as the Manhattan-based law school’s associate dean for academic affairs from 2003 to 2008, leaving to become Cardozo’s dean.

“I loved my time at Cardozo,” the Harvard-educated lawyer said in a phone interview last week. “I’m most proud of the programs and initiatives in experiential education,” he added, such as new clinics and the development of simulation courses, as well as a focus on skills such as e-discovery.

In moving across town, Diller said, his goal is “not to import programs from Cardozo to Fordham. The larger issue is to look at the way the legal profession has changed and drill down on how we should adapt to meet the legal world.”

Diller said law schools need to teach students more than just how to draft a complaint, take a deposition and other litigation skills.

With the tight job market and clients less willing to pay for young associates, law schools must respond, according to Diller.

“I hear again and again that lawyers want more prepared students,” he said. “There is less patience in the marketplace for the young lawyer who is very talented but has limited concrete skills.”

Diller’s appointment is the latest leadership change at New York’s law schools. New York University School of Law chose Columbia Law School professor Trevor Morrison as its new dean in 2013. Columbia, for its part, named Gillian Lester, a law professor at the University of California, Berkeley, as its dean last year.

Cardozo will now begin the process of finding Diller’s replacement, the Manhattan-based school said on its website.

While Cardozo is the law school of Yeshiva University, which operates under Jewish auspices, and Fordham Law is part of a Jesuit university, Diller isn’t expecting a difficult transition.

“Both schools focus on serving diverse populations and strive for excellence in legal education,” he said. “Because both are related to faith-based institutions, it means that values are important at each school.”

Fordham and Cardozo “have a lot of shared values,” he said. “And that’s a comfortable fit for me.”

Lateral Moves

Chambliss, Former U.S. Senator, Joins DLA Piper in Atlanta

Saxby Chambliss, who recently completed his second term as a U.S. senator from Georgia, has joined DLA Piper LLP as a partner in Atlanta.

Chambliss, a Republican, served two terms in the Senate and previously served four in the U.S. House of Representatives.

During his 20 years in Congress, Chambliss was involved in several areas of legislative and regulatory policy, with a focus on issues related to national defense, homeland security, cybersecurity and agriculture.

At DLA Piper, Chambliss will counsel clients on issues involving law, policy and business, the firm said in a statement.

He’s the latest former government official to join the firm, following Ray LaHood, the former secretary of the U.S. Transportation Department; Bart Chilton, ex-commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission; Elizabeth Ritter, who was CFTC chief counsel; Sheila Bair, the former head of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.; and Kathryn Keneally, assistant attorney general for the Tax Division of the U.S. Justice Department.

Former Nuclear Agency Commissioner Joins Pillsbury in Washington

Jeffrey Merrifield, a former member of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, has joined Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP as a partner in the energy practice in Washington.

Appointed by President Bill Clinton and reappointed by President George W. Bush, Merrifield served as NRC commissioner from 1998 to 2007. Most recently, Merrifield served as senior vice-president of global business development for Chicago Bridge & Iron’s Power Business unit.

Venable Adds Bankruptcy Partner Sabin From Bingham McCutchen

Jeffrey Sabin is joining Venable LLP as a partner in the national bankruptcy practice in New York. He was previously co-head of the global financial restructuring group at Bingham McCutchen LLP.

Sabin has represented debtors, lenders and creditor committees, as well as corporate directors, investors and other stakeholders in Chapter 11 and Chapter 15 insolvencies and restructurings.

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