The lawyer, in Washington, is a moveable beast, and the migration of those who worked in the Carter administration continues.

Tuesday will find Bruce Kirschenbaum, former deputy secretary to the Cabinet in the Carter White House, sitting at his new desk in the Washington office of the big New York firm of Stroock, Stroock & Levan. A bit later, William J. vanden Heuvel will rejoin the firm.

Kirschenbaum is a specialist in intergovernmental relations, and vanden Heuvel, U.S. representative to the European office of the United Nations in Geneva and later deputy U.N. ambassador in New York, was a partner for more than a dozen years before accepting former president Carter's appointment to the ambassadorial position. Vanden Heuvel led a U.S. walkout, the first in nearly 15 years, when the Iranian delegate took the floor in the General Assembly last July.

The New York law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom took advantage of some unemployed energy experts to set up an energy division in its Washington office. Starting Sunday as new partners (though presumably they won't be in the office until Monday) are Lynn Coleman, former deputy energy secretary; Les Goldman, former assistant secretary of international affairs at DOE; Douglas Robinson, former special assistant to the secretary of energy, and James A. Rogers, former assistant general counsel at DOE.

Signing on as associates, also in the new energy division, are Stephen E. McGregor, former deputy assistant energy secretary for oil and gas policy, and Mitchell H. Bernstein, who was in the office of the general counsel, air quality division of the Environmental Protection Agency.

J. Michael Kelly, who has served as counselor to former energy secretary Charles Duncan and former attorney general Griffin B. Bell, will join the Washington office of his old Atlanta firm, Alston, Miller & Gaines.

And Abelardo L. Valdez, former White House chief of protocol and assistant administrator in the Agency for International Development, will be a partner in the Washington office of Finley, Kumble, Wager, Heine, Underberg & Casey.