- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Mind games

You’ve seen them all over Washington: solitary, focused, intense, determined. No better time for “Wordplay” to learn what drives these crossword puzzle fanatics.

The film’s director, Patrick Creadon, mingled with several hundred guests at a special Washington screening Monday night, hosted by Congressional Quarterly. We spotted CQ’s Bob Merry, the Hotline’s Danielle Decker Jones and National Public Radio’s Neal Conan (who, by the way, appears in the flick). The film also features former President Bill Clinton and retired Sen. Bob Dole.

Heroes all

Congress yesterday saluted 30 outstanding federal employees, each a Service to America Medal finalist.

“Their stories range from a renowned Centers for Disease Control doctor preparing the world for a possible flu pandemic, to a [Pentagon] employee leading the military’s personnel recovery efforts [of] more than 1,000 people in Iraq and Afghanistan,” says Sarah Howe of the Partnership for Public Service.

One finalist, Kevin Harrison, a Drug Enforcement Administration agent in Louisiana, rescued 90 senior citizens abandoned in an assisted-living facility after Hurricane Katrina.

Top 27

Need a good lawyer? The National Law Journal has just named the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America, and 27 practice right here in the nation’s capital:

Robert B. Barnett (handles book deals for Bill Clinton, Bob Woodward and Alan Greenspan)

Robert F. Bauer (counsel to Sen. John Kerry and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi)

Robert S. Bennett (private attorney to then-President Clinton and most recently represented New York Times scribe Judith Miller in the CIA leak probe)

Thomas Hale Boggs Jr. (a top lobbyist, he helped arrange the $1.5 billion federal bailout of Chrysler Corp.)

Pamela A. Bresnahan (tapped by the American Bar Association as chief investigator into John G. Roberts Jr.’s fitness to serve on the Supreme Court)

Kenneth R. Feinberg (heads the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund)

Deborah Garza (handles major mergers, including AT&T;’s pending acquisition of BellSouth)

Thomas C. Goldstein (heads his firm’s Supreme Court practice; served as second chair on behalf of Al Gore in Bush v. Gore)

J. Warren Gorrell Jr. (chairman of the 1,000-lawyer firm Hogan & Hartson)

Michael D. Hausfeld (represented governments of Poland, Czech Republic, Belarus, Ukraine and Russia in Nazi slave-labor claims from World War II)

David G. Hawkins (clean-air champion of 35 years)

Carolyn B. Lamm (chairwoman of ABA standing committee on federal judiciary)

Abbe D. Lowell (gets public figures out of trouble)

Maureen Mahoney (argued landmark appeal overturning the Enron-related conviction of accounting firm Arthur Andersen)

Kimberly Moore (nominated by President Bush to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit)

Theodore B. Olson (private counsel to Presidents Reagan and George W. Bush; victorious advocate in Bush v. Gore)

Carter G. Phillips (appellate expert with 42 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court)

John R. Phillips (whistleblower champion)

William B. Schultz (champion of generic-drug manufacturers)

Victor E. Schwartz (highlights litigation horror stories)

Brendan V. Sullivan Jr. (known as “Washington’s most ferocious litigator”; defended Oliver North in the Iran-Contra case)

Charles D. Swift (military defense counsel; handling the Supreme Court challenge surrounding purported terrorists captured in Iraq and Afghanistan)

George J. Terwilliger III (prominent member of the GOP litigation team in the contested 2000 presidential election)

Patricia M. Wald(retired from the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia; remains in forefront of national and international legal developments)

Seth Waxman (former U.S. solicitor general, he has nearly 50 oral arguments before the high court under his belt)

Reid Weingarten (won acquittals for former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy and former Teamsters President Ron Carey)

Richard E. Wiley (chaired the Federal Communications Commission between 1970 and 1977)

John McCaslin, whose column is nationally syndicated, can be reached at 202/636-3284 or jmccaslin@washington times.com.

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