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November 21, 2014—The D.C. Court of Appeals will live-stream the oral arguments of two cases on November 25.
November 21, 2014—On November 18 Attorney General-Elect Karl A. Racine appointed Pauline A. Schneider, special counsel at Ballard Spahr LLP and a former D.C. Bar president, and Natalie O. Ludaway, managing member at Leftwich & Ludaway LLC, as cochairs of the District of Columbia attorney general-elect’s transition team.
November 21, 2014—The District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission has announced a vacancy on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia created by the retirement of Judge Herbert B. Dixon Jr. The deadline for submitting application materials is January 23.
November 20, 2014—On November 18 the D.C. Bar Judicial Evaluation Committee began conducting its 2014–2015 performance evaluation of judges who preside over the D.C. Court of Appeals and D.C. Superior Court.
November 19, 2014—On December 3 join the D.C. Bar Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Program for the course “Legal Ethics and Substance Abuse,” which explores the connection between substance abuse and ethical violations and offers practical advice for managing partners and employers when dealing with substance abuse by attorneys, including an examination of the rules related to addiction issues in bar disciplinary proceedings, and key cases involving addiction.
November 17, 2014—Now that you’re winding down the year and gearing up for the holidays, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about streamlining your practice for the New Year. “Hot Tech Tips for Today’s Lawyer: Holiday Edition” on December 10 will give you a head start on making your early resolutions a reality.
November 14, 2014—The Judicial Nomination Commission published the third annual update of the report of commission recommendations made to the president of the United States, presidential appointments to the District of Columbia courts, and the commission’s designations of the chief judges for those courts.
November 7, 2014—The D.C. Bar is accepting nominations from members wishing to be candidates in the 2015 Bar elections. The deadline for receipt of nominations is January 5.
November 6, 2014—The Superior Court of the District of Columbia has issued an administrative order detailing additions to the Family Court Attorney Panels.
November 5, 2014—Residents of the District of Columbia voted for an attorney general for the first time on November 4, electing Karl Racine.
November 4, 2014—The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program has two volunteer training opportunities available for interested parties. The first is for the Pro-Se-Plus Divorce Clinic on November 18; the second, on December 5, covers training for the Family Court Self-Help Center.
November 3, 2014—On December 1 the D.C. Bar Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Program’s “Basics of Filing and Litigating Freedom of Information Act Requests 2014” can help guide you through some of the nuances of this specialized litigation field. FOIA litigation is complex and changing. This course will help you keep up.
October 31, 2014—The Bar is seeking candidates for appointment this spring to the Attorney/Client Arbitration Board, Clients’ Security Fund, Judicial Evaluation Committee, Legal Ethics Committee, and Board on Professional Responsibility (BPR) of the D.C. Court of Appeals. The deadline to apply for these vacancies is March 13, 2015.
October 31, 2014—The Civil Division of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia has released a 20-page handbook for self-represented civil litigants.
October 29, 2014—Applications are available for the D.C. Bar’s 2015 John Payton Leadership Academy, an intensive training program for members who are interested in developing their leadership skills and learning more about the Bar and its leadership opportunities.
October 27, 2014—The Child Support Services Division of the District of Columbia Attorney General’s Office was awarded a $150,000 grant from the federal Administration for Children and Families of the Department of Health and Human Services.
October 24, 2014—On October 22 the District of Columbia Court of Appeals issued an order amending the Rules of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals (D.C. App. Rule 46 (b)(8)(i)(A)).
October 23, 2014—The D.C. Bar Foundation is seeking nominations for the 2015 Jerrold Scoutt Prize.
October 22, 2014—Take a short walk down any Washington, D.C., street. Diversity abounds. A family originally from China. A little boy from Togo. A couple who moved from Mexico. In just 12 years, from 2000 to 2012, the number of immigrants in the District grew 22.7 percent, increasing the need for legal services providers serving that population.
October 17, 2014—The Committee on the Selection and Tenure of Magistrate Judges is asking the legal community and the public for comments regarding the performances of Magistrate Judges Rainey R. Brandt, Gretchen N. Rohr, and Kenia Seoane-Lopez.
October 17, 2014—The results from the July 2014 District of Columbia Bar Examination are in. The list contains the names of 103 successful applicants of the exam, which were administered on July 29 and 30 to 262 applicants.
October 8, 2014—On October 2 the District of Columbia Court of Appeals released an order amending the Rules of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals (D.C. App. R. 48) concerning the limited practice of law by law students, and Rule XI, Section 1 (a), of the Rules Governing the D.C. Bar, which defines the disciplinary jurisdiction of the court.
September 29, 2014—With the annual launch of the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), federal government employees have an opportunity to join the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program in its continued work to improve access to justice.
September 24, 2014—In this year’s Harold Leventhal Lecture on September 12, Stevens discussed recent Supreme Court cases on campaign finance and what he believed the justices missed in crafting their decisions.
September 23, 2014—Adrienne Noti, a former managing attorney for family law with the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program, has been appointed as a magistrate judge on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.
September 23, 2014—The District of Columbia Practice Manual, 2014 Edition is now for sale. Visit the D.C. Bar’s Marketplace to get this must-have resource for every D.C. practitioner.
September 15, 2014—The Historical Society of the District of Columbia Circuit has made available for online viewing 13 videos of their programs and re-enactments. The videos contain discussions and analysis of important issues and decisions from the two courts in the D.C. Circuit.
August 27, 2014—The Committee on the Selection and Tenure of Magistrate Judges has recommended Diane Lepley, Shelly Ava Mulkey, and Adrienne Noti as candidates to fill the judicial vacancy on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia created by the retirement of Magistrate Judge Andrea L. Harnett.
August 22, 2014—District of Columbia Court of Appeals Senior Judge Frank E. Schwelb died at Georgetown University Hospital on August 13. He was 82 years old.
August 19, 2014—The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program has received its sixth consecutive four-star rating from Charity Navigator, the country’s leading evaluator of charitable organizations, for its sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency.
August 6, 2014—On August 5 the Superior Court of the District of Columbia released an administrative order issuing a Probate Division Case Management Plan.
August 1, 2014—The District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission has recommended Philip Christopher Andonian, Robert Alan Salerno, and Darlene Michele Soltys to fill the vacancy on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia created by the retirement of Judge Robert I. Richter.
July 31, 2014—Court representatives from the Civil Actions Branch, Landlord and Tenant Branch, Small Claims Branch, and Quality Review Branch will be available to answer questions in real time from the public concerning civil cases, although representatives will not provide legal advice.
July 31, 2014—During 2013 the 61 law firms in the District of Columbia that participate in the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Initiative contributed a total of 880,145 pro bono hours among 10,020 full-time equivalent attorneys, with each attorney contributing an average of 88 hours.
July 24, 2014—On July 16 the District of Columbia Court of Appeals issued an order amending the Rules of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals (D.C. App. Rule 49).
July 9, 2014—The Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation and Hogan Lovells hosted a screening of the award-winning documentary Witness: The Legacy of Heart Mountain on May 12 in honor of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month.
July 1, 2014—On June 16 the Superior Court of the District of Columbia issued an administrative order allowing temporary, limited-scope representation throughout the court.
June 30, 2014—The Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA) has selected the D.C. Bar Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Program as the recipient of its Award of Professional Excellence in the best program category for the course “Objection! Objection! Making and Responding to Objections.”
June 23, 2014—The D.C. Bar Foundation has awarded $600,000 in legal services grants in support of 20 civil legal services providers in the District of Columbia that serve low-income, underrepresented District residents.
June 18, 2014—On June 17 the 22nd annual Presidents’ Reception was held welcoming Brigida Benitez as the Bar’s 43rd president and benefiting the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program.
June 18, 2014—On June 17 Brigida Benitez, a partner at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, was sworn in as the 43rd president of the D.C. Bar during its 2014 Celebration of Leadership. The evening’s events also included the presentation of awards to distinguished individuals and programs in the legal community.
June 12, 2014—On June 10 the D.C. Bar Board of Governors voted to elect Rodney J. Bosco, director of Gnarus Advisors LLC, to fill its nonlawyer board vacancy for a three-year term beginning July 1.
June 12, 2014—On June 17 the District of Columbia Court of Appeals will take part in a pilot project where it will stream live video of an oral argument, marking the first time the court will offer coverage of cases using this technology.
June 3, 2014—On March 18 Chief Judge Lee F. Satterfield of the D.C. Superior Court appointed Associate Judge Russell F. Canan as chair of the court’s Committee on the Selection and Tenure of Magistrate Judges.
June 2, 2014—The D.C. Bar’s 20 sections have elected new members to serve on their respective steering committees.
May 30, 2014—Timothy K. Webster, a partner at Sidley Austin LLP, has been elected president-elect of the D.C. Bar for the 2014–15 term.
May 29, 2014—On May 23 the Superior Court of the District of Columbia issued an order reestablishing the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panel of attorneys.
May 27, 2014—The next opportunity to fulfill your Mandatory Course requirement is coming up on June 10. Sign up today.
May 20, 2014—On May 1 volunteer mediators and arbitrators gathered at Brasserie Beck for the annual Attorney/Client Arbitration Board (ACAB) Volunteer Arbitrator and Mediator Appreciation Reception.
May 5, 2014—The Court of Appeals has waived the late registration fee for some bar exam applicants.
April 25, 2014—The D.C. Bar’s proposed 2014–2015 budget, as recommended by the Budget Committee, was approved by the Board of Governors at its April 8 meeting.
April 7, 2014—The D.C. Bar has selected Brooksley Born as the next recipient of its 2014 Thurgood Marshall Award, presented biennially to an individual who has shown a strong commitment to and excellence in the fields of civil rights and individual liberties.
March 14, 2014—Only 17 percent of equity partners at the nation’s 200 largest law firms are women, according to the eighth annual Survey on Retention and Promotion of Women in Law Firms released in February.
March 7, 2014—The D.C. Bar has named Colonel Tonya Hagmaier, director of Civil Law and Litigation for the United States Air Force, as the 2014 recipient of its Beatrice Rosenberg Award for Excellence in Government Service for her contributions to the legal profession and her dedication to public service.
February 24, 2014—The Board of Judges of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia approved a resolution to delete Superior Court Rule of Criminal Procedure 120 (SCR-Criminal 120), which outlines the process for mental examinations of defendants.
February 3, 2014—From 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, the Family Court Self-Help Center at the D.C. Superior Court is bustling with customers. Most are sitting down to talk with a staff or attorney volunteer at the center as the volunteer drafts their pleading; other unrepresented litigants are tapping away at the free computers available at the center.