found time between lowering bank premiums and reshaping her agency for a close encounter of the third kind. The proof is in a large display for the Combined Federal Campaign, a government employees charity drive, now on view in the lobby of FDIC headquarters. Ms. Helfer is seen smilingly accepting a check from a three-eyed creature, under the headline "Space Aliens Meet FDIC Chairman." The alien being looks suspiciously like the one who, according to the supermarket tabloid Weekly World News, has held meetings with a number of top political leaders and revealed that several members of the U.S. Senate are in fact beings from another planet.

*** The National Law Journal has tagged Robert J. Giuffra Jr., chief counsel of the Senate Banking Committee, as one of the country's "rising stars in the law." A story in the legal weekly's Nov. 20 edition - which Mr. Giuffra was kind enough to fax to American Banker - said he was one of 40 under-40 attorneys "whose accomplishments left the majority of their peers in the dust." Mr. Giuffra, a 35-year-old Yale Law School graduate, drafted Chairman Alfonse M. D'Amato's Glass-Steagall bill and is running the New York Republican's Whitewater investigation. But in his Law Journal citation, those accomplishments were given second billing to some things Mr. Giuffra did before he joined the banking committee last January. The most notable: As an attorney at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York, he got a court to overturn the mail fraud conviction of Armand D'Amato, the senator's brother.

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