Thursday, March 27, 2008

Slate publisher leaves for law firm

Cliff Sloan, the publisher of Slate and vice president of business affairs at The Washington Post Co.'s online media subsidiary, will join the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in June as a partner in its intellectual property group.

Sloan will reside in Skadden's D.C. office at 1440 New York Ave. NW. He will advise clients on intellectual property, new media and litigation matters, including appellate issues, according to a statement from the law firm. He will also focus on First Amendment matters.
Since 2000, Sloan has served as general counsel at Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive, the online media unit of the D.C.-based Washington Post Co. (NYSE: WPO). He is also publisher of Slate, a daily online magazine.

Prior to coming on board at Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive, Sloan was a partner in the Internet practice at Wiley, Rein & Fielding LLP, known today as Wiley Rein LLP.
He has also held a handful of government posts, including Associate Counsel to the President from 1993 to 1995 and Assistant to the U.S. Solicitor General at the Department of Justice from 1989 to 1991. In addition, Sloan served as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.

Sloan also has been an adjunct professor at three local law schools: American University, Georgetown University and George Washington University.

Skadden is one of the world's largest law firms, with more than 2,000 attorneys in 23 offices around the globe. Its Washington office, established in 1976, has more than 300 attorneys and is the firm's second-largest location.