From yesterday's late editions.

Wade McCree Jr. took a cut in salary and security when he gave up a lifetime appointment on the federal court for the job of Solicitor General of the Justice Department. So far, with 30 days behind him, McCree hasn't regretted a minute.

"I've become a lawyer again - for the first time in 20 years. I elected to argue the government's side in the Nixon tapes case before the Supreme Court. It was a grand feeling," said McCree, the third-ranking official at Justice. He was among a dozen Carter appointees who attended a reception for the new faces given by the Metropolitan Women's Democratic Club at the Botanical Gardens Sunday night.

Some of his personal enjoyments haven't been sacrificied with the new pace, McCree said, explaining that he walks to work each day, just as he walked to the courts in Detroit for many years.

Barbara Allen Babcock, the new assistant attorney general for the civil division of Justice, has had to adjust part of her San Francisco life-style. "I used to play tennis three times a week and go to the movies once. I haven't done any of those things in the last 75 days," said Babcock, who still managed to look very West Coast in a long, embroidered dress and sandals.

Others honored by the group included Golder Butcher, the as yet unconfirmed assistant AID administrator for Africa; Grace Olivarez, sworn in as director of the Community Services Administration at 4:20 on Friday: Barbar Taylor-Heineback, the press advance person for Rosalynn Carter, and Alan Butchman, deputy secretary for Department of Transportation.

Alexis Herman, the director of the Women's Bureau of the Labor Department; Barbara Watson, the administrator of the State Department's Bureau of Security and Consult Affairs: Patricia Wald, assistant attorney general for legislative affairs; James W. Dyke, special assistant to Vice-President Walter Mondale, and Sam Brown, director of ACTION, were also among the guests.