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Law — Cooley Godward Aids Environmental Settlement

Harvey Levine Named

As Winner of 2000

Bernard Witkin Award

Environmental protection on Forest Service lands, an issue seemingly a long way from San Diego’s Golden Triangle, has kept attorneys at Cooley Godward LLC busy.

Ron S. Zollman, a special counsel in the firm’s San Diego office, as well as other Cooley Godward attorneys were successful last month in getting plaintiff Clark Pearson to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the resolution of an earlier piece of litigation.

According to the statement issued by the law firm and Earthlaw of Denver, Pearson sued several government officials and non-governmental agencies, from Attorney General Janet Reno to Earthlaw and the Southwest Center for Biological Diversity, which has an office in San Diego.

Pearson, who owns a mining claim in the San Bernardino National Forest, alleged the federal government should not have admitted liability in a case called Southwest Center vs. Sprague, settled in March. In the Sprague case, the government admitted to going against the Endangered Species Act when it made long-range plans for California’s four southernmost forests.

The U.S. government did not have to respond to the complaint because attorneys achieved the dismissal before the government’s deadline to answer.

Cooley Godward announced it handled the matter for environmental advocates like Earthlaw and the Southwest Center for Biological Diversity “substantially as a pro bono matter,” and that the reduced fees it received are being placed in a fund to support the costs of future pro bono work.

The San Francisco-based firm has its local office in University City.

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Law Accolades: The Law Library Justice Foundation has announced winners of the 2000 Bernard E. Witkin, Esq. Awards. They are Harvey R. Levine of Downtown’s Levine, Steinberg, Miller & Huver; Donald T. Weckstein, professor and dean emeritus at the USD School of Law; and Justice Howard B. Weiner, who is retired from the California Fourth District Court of Appeal.

The awards honor members of the San Diego legal community for civic leadership and excellence in the teaching, practice, enactment or adjudication of the law.

Awards will be presented at the Law Library Justice Foundation dinner on Sept. 20 at the Hilton Hotel Mission Bay Beach and Tennis Resort, 1775 E. Mission Bay Drive, San Diego. For information and tickets, call Trish Carey at the law library at (619) 531-3904. RSVPs are due Sept. 15.

West Group sponsors the awards.

Fee Hike Awaits Filers: A $5 increase in certain filing fees will nearly triple the budget for the children’s waiting rooms at San Diego County Superior Court branches. The fee hike takes effect July 31.

It will be attached to certain civil complaints, family law petitions, probate filings and other papers. The court expects such fees to bring in $180,000 per year, which will be added to the $98,300 already set aside for the waiting room program.

County supervisors approved the fee increase last month; a memo to supervisors said court workers have found it difficult to recruit people to work in the waiting rooms for more than short periods.

Graves’ column appears weekly. E-mail items for this column to bgraves@sdbj.com.

New Architectural Stone Firm Forms

A San Marcos stone company joined with a Seattle builder to form a new company , the world’s second largest manufacturer of architectural stone veneer.

Eldorado Stone LLC combines StoneCraft Industries Inc. with Seattle-based Northwest Stone & Brick. The consolidation was made in order to capitalize on the strengths of the different organizations and its pool of employees to benefit the customers, said John Bennett, chairman of the board of the newly formed company.

“We redesigned the structure of Eldorado Stone to strengthen the company’s position as the premier stone veneer manufacturer in the world,” Bennett said. “This (will) give our customers the continued benefit of a regional presence, combine intellectual and financial resources and allow Eldorado Stone LLC to take advantage of the benefits afforded to larger companies.”

The architectural stone veneer industry has experienced phenomenal growth , particularly in the last decade. State-of-the-art stone manufacturing has improved to the point where many former natural stone users actually prefer a manufactured stone product. The acceptance of stone veneer has moved to such a level that it is quickly absorbing market share from brick, wood and vinyl siding, stucco and other siding materials, he said.

Blood Bank Supplies Are Running Low

After the long Fourth of July holiday weekend, the San Diego Blood Bank is urging residents to replenish its supplies.

“Demand for blood exceeded supply during the July 4th holiday weekend,” said Lynn Stedd, a blood bank spokeswoman. “The need for blood during holidays is typically the highest, while fewer donors take the time to give it.”

Persons in good health who are older than 17 and weigh at least 110 pounds may qualify.

For the nearest donor center or bloodmobile, call (619) 296-6393.


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