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TAX SAGE. Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus has named Lily Batchelder chief tax counsel for the Senate Finance Committee. She currently serves as a law and public policy professor at New York University along with holding a post at the Brookings Institution. She served as a visiting professor at Harvard Law School. She also worked as a tax associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Other positions have included working in New York state government as a social worker and as a law clerk for the Senate Finance Committee's tax office. She also served a stint at the Justice Department. Batchelder hails from Brookline, Mass. She earned her law degree at Yale University and her master's in public policy at Harvard University.

HEALTHY ADDITION. John Darden, a Justice Department prosecutor, has joined Patton Boggs. He was assistant chief of the fraud section in the criminal division at Justice, where he oversaw the prosecution of healthcare fraud and worked with the FBI, HHS and fraud control units in the states. He worked on new initiatives to tackle healthcare fraud, such as the Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team and the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, which brought charges against more than 560 individuals and companies that racked up more than $1 billion in fraudulent claims. Darden also was active as a trial lawyer at Justice, handling cases across the country on insurance fraud, bank fraud and mail and wire fraud. At Patton Boggs he will "help clients defend against healthcare fraud and abuse allegations, government inquiries and white-collar criminal charges," the firm said. Darden is a graduate of Washington & Lee University and the University of Virginia School of Law. Before going to law school, he worked in the office of former Sen. Sam Nunn, D-Ga.


TRAVEL CZAR. Speaker Pelosi has appointed Stacee Bako as director of the Office of Interparliamentary Affairs, which oversees travel by congressional delegations on behalf of the House. Bako is a retired lieutenant colonel in the Air Force. She served in the military for two decades, deploying to Iraq, Afghanistan and Bosnia and Herzegovina. She was deputy chief of the Air Force House Legislative Liaison Office and has served as the executive officer to the deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance at Air Force headquarters in the Pentagon. She holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Vermont and a master's degree in public administrative management from the University of Maryland. Bako replaces Kay King, who retired last month.

This article appears in the May 22, 2010 edition of NJ Daily.

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