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BCG News - 11/05/08

By Harrison Barnes, Managing Director


Three Elite US Firms offer services for Election Day
Attorneys from three major US Firms — Davis Polk & Wardwell, Kirkland & Ellis and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett – have volunteered to work pro bono answering questions from the electorate in call centers throughout the US as part of Election Protection. Election Protection, geared toward assisting disenfranchised voters, is the largest non-partisan voter protection coalition in the US.

Powell Goldstein to merge with Bryan Cave
Atlanta-based Powell Goldstein (PoGo) has announced a January 1 merger with Bryan Cave, an internationally established firm with strong roots in St. Louis. Although Powell Goldstein will lose their name and their leadership in the deal, the firm stands to add resources to their intellectual property practice and bolster their litigation, real estate, banking, and finance core areas.

The Powell Goldstein partnership unanimously approved the deal on Thursday October 30 while Bryan Cave approved the merger with an overwhelming majority on Friday.

Six Hundred Jobs Cut from UK LSC
The LSC (Legal Services Commission) in the UK has announced the elimination of 600 jobs over the next three years. The LSC runs the legal aid scheme – a nonprofit group dedicated to providing information, advice, and legal representation across society.

Plans to reduce the numbers of employees from 1,700 to 1,100 will be implemented starting mid-2009. The losses come about through plans to reduce the number of LSC processing sites from 13 to 5 in order to improve legal aid services to clients in England and Wales.

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