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September 21, 2018—To provide attendees with an idea of what they’ll learn at Changing Currents 2018, R. Scott Oswald - faculty director for the event - conducted brief interviews with three of the distinguished panelists.
September 21, 2018—On October 30, don’t miss out on the D.C. Bar CLE Program’s Changing Currents in Employment Law 2018: Recent Trends and Developments, an annual course that provides an update on cutting-edge issues and the changing nature of employment law.
September 19, 2018—The D.C. Bar Board of Governors is seeking lawyer and non-lawyer candidates for appointment to the new standing Global Legal Practice Committee. Appointments to the committee will be for one-year or two-year terms.
September 17, 2018—The District of Columbia Practice Manual, 26th Edition, a must-have resource for any lawyer practicing in the District, is now available for purchase. This user-friendly yet comprehensive guide collects the legal expertise of hundreds of experienced practitioners on the basics of law in the District of Columbia.
September 13, 2018—As a new membership benefit, the D.C. Bar welcomes its members to enjoy its new Member Connections Space — which consists of private offices, cubicles, and a conference room — at the Bar’s new headquarters for free or for a minimal fee.
September 7, 2018—On September 20, the D.C. Bar CLE Program will host its first Aging in D.C. Legal Institute, a day-long event featuring seminars and breakout sessions with attorneys and representatives from elder-focused organizations, networking opportunities, and special guests.
August 28, 2018—Comments are requested for the twenty-six (26) applicants for the pending vacancy on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia created by the retirement of the Honorable John M. Mott.
August 27, 2018—Carolyn Elefant is a determined attorney that embraces independence. This determination has helped her overcome obstacles and accomplish many things on her own.
August 22, 2018—The District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission hereby provides notice that the date to apply for the vacancy on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia has been extended to October 10, 2018. The Commission invites qualified individuals to apply by 12 pm on Wednesday, October 10, 2018.
August 14, 2018—An Interview with Darryl Maxwell, Assistant Director for the Nonprofit and Small Business Legal Assistance Programs
August 13, 2018—Looking over the trajectory of Deborah Kelly’s career, one might assume that Kelly got to where she is today through a series of calculated and purposeful decisions.
August 3, 2018—The D.C. Bar Board of Governors is seeking candidates for appointment in fall 2018 to six standing committees.
July 30, 2018—Marnie Hammel's typical day as a D.C. attorney is quite hectic. Throw in owning a cleaning business, raising twins, and training for an Ironman and the hours are hard to find.
July 23, 2018—On July 10th, the D.C. Bar held an orientation and swearing-in ceremony for new members of its Board of Governors.
July 18, 2018—As U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh begins his long road to potential confirmation, Senate Republicans and Democrats are drawing battle lines.
July 18, 2018—In response to a proposal from the D.C. Bar, the court is considering whether to amend D.C. Rules of Professional Conduct 1.2 relating to limited-scope representation.
July 18, 2018—In response to a proposal from the D.C. Bar, the D.C. Court of Appeals is considering whether to amend D.C. App. R. 46.
July 16, 2018—D.C. Bar member Stuart Newberger discusses his career in foreign sovereignty.
July 11, 2018—Attorneys throughout the Washington, D.C., area are looking for ways to help reunify families separated at the border.
July 6, 2018—The U.S. Supreme Court had a consequential 2017–2018 term, producing a slate of marquee decisions on presidential power, gay rights, privacy protections, and workers’ rights.
July 5, 2018—Although President Trump’s shortlist of candidates for the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy changes from day to day, Court observers agree on some of the names and faces who may step into the role vacated by Justice Kennedy’s retirement.
July 2, 2018—As the principal managing partner at Cober Johnson & Romney, Cober provides consulting legal and strategic services to nonprofit and business clients.
June 28, 2018—With the retirement of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, the High Court likely will shift even further to the right as conservatives lock in a solid 5–4 majority with his replacement.
June 26, 2018—The D.C. Bar Communities has announced the results of its 2018 elections. Find out who is serving in leadership positions.
June 25, 2018—On June 12 the D.C. Bar hosted POLITICO Playbook’s live interview with House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, offering a unique and personal glimpse into the Louisiana Republican’s agenda and policy objectives.
June 19, 2018—48 law firms took part in the D.C. Access to Justice Commission’s Raising the Bar campaign in 2017, raising a record $5.5 million.
June 18, 2018—Coles, executive director of the Congressional Black Caucus, says the best education he has received has been through his work on Capitol Hill. Coles advises law students to consider interning or finding a job on the Hill to “learn about the country, the world, yourself.”
June 14, 2018—The Washington legal community came together on June 12 for the 2018 Celebration of Leadership: The D.C. Bar Awards Dinner and Annual Meeting.
June 8, 2018—The Washington, D.C., legal community is mourning the loss of Judge Noël Anketell Kramer, a respected figure on the bench who served on both the D.C. Court of Appeals and the D.C. Superior Court.
June 6, 2018—In response to proposals from the Committee on Unauthorized Practice of Law and the District of Columbia Access to Justice Commission, the D.C. Court of Appeals is considering whether to amend Rule 49 (c)(9).
June 6, 2018—In response to a proposal from the Committee on Unauthorized Practice of Law, the D.C. Court of Appeals is considering whether to amend Rule 49 ( c )(8).
June 4, 2018—It’s not an understatement to say that William Eskridge has changed American history. In fact, one might ask which aspect of this country he has affected the most.
May 31, 2018—A criminal defense lawyer who spent much of her service in Washington, D.C., Roundtree was a trailblazer in her nearly five decades-long career.
May 24, 2018—On June 14 the D.C. Bar CLE Program will offer back-to-back sessions on the opioid crisis and its impact on the legal profession, including substance misuse by attorneys.
May 23, 2018—On May 18 the D.C. Bar hosted its fourth Practice 360º | A Day for Lawyers & Law Firms, an annual all-day event that offers practical seminars and CLE programming on key topics.
May 22, 2018—He’s called himself a serial career-changer, but it finally seems as if D.C. lawyer Brian Rohal has found a place to settle. But to understand how Rohal, got to where he is today, it’s important to look back at his career path. Or paths.
May 21, 2018—D.C. Bar member Marlene Trestman is the author of the 2016 book "Fair Labor Lawyer: The Remarkable Life of New Deal Attorney and Supreme Court Advocate Bessie Margolin," reviewed in the March issue of Washington Lawyer.
May 17, 2018—The D.C. Court of Appeals has published the names of 294 successful applicants of the District of Columbia Bar Examination.
May 17, 2018—Cast your vote in the 20018 elections while visiting the D.C. Bar for Practice 360 or New Member Reception.
May 9, 2018—Thomas J. Hamilton, vice president for strategy and operations at ROSS Intelligence, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Practice 360º.
May 7, 2018—D.C. Bar member Marlene Trestman is the author of the 2016 book "Fair Labor Lawyer: The Remarkable Life of New Deal Attorney and Supreme Court Advocate Bessie Margolin," reviewed in the March issue of Washington Lawyer.
May 1, 2018—On April 24, 37 area law firms were recognized for their outstanding leadership in pro bono service at the 15th annual 40 at 50 Judicial Pro Bono Recognition Breakfast.
May 1, 2018—The D.C. Bar held a Candidates Forum on April 25, allowing Bar members to hear from their colleagues running for leadership positions for the 2018–19 term.
April 27, 2018—D.C. Bar CEO Bob Spagnoletti encourages you to take action on important D.C. Bar matters.
April 27, 2018—The D.C. Bar has selected Angela J. Davis as the 2018 recipient of its Thurgood Marshall Award.
April 27, 2018—The D.C. Bar is pleased to announce that John A. Casciotti is the 2018 recipient of its Beatrice Rosenberg Award for Excellence in Government Service.
April 26, 2018—On April 19 the D.C. Bar hosted its 2018 Judicial Reception, drawing together members of the legal community to honor D.C. and federal judges.
April 26, 2018—On March 14 the D.C. Bar Board of Governors submitted to the D.C. Court of Appeals proposed amendments to certain provisions of Court of Appeals Rule 46.
April 26, 2018—Two years after breaking ground on a new headquarters, the D.C. Bar hosted a grand opening on Thursday, April 12.
April 24, 2018—The D.C. Bar attended a pre-screening of the film 'RBG' on April 10, and interviewed directors Betsy West and Julie Cohen.
April 23, 2018—As a senior attorney at the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, Tristia Bauman works to shape public policy to preserve and protect the rights of the homeless.
April 12, 2018—Toni Michelle Jackson, Chief of the Office of the Attorney General Equity Section, has been elevated to serve as Deputy Attorney General for the Public Interest Division.
April 10, 2018—Part two of a two-part series, environmental legal experts continue their conversation on U.S. environmental law.
April 10, 2018—Attorney General Karl A. Racine joined a bipartisan coalition of 37 state and territorial attorneys general in seeking information on Facebook Business Practices.
April 9, 2018—Patent lawyer, partner and head of prosecution at Mei & Mark, LLP, Krystyna Colantoni reflects on the experiences and people that have aided in her success in a male-dominated field.
April 6, 2018—The District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission has announced that Bianca Garcia, Esq., has been named Executive Director of the Commission.
April 5, 2018—Get to know Susan M. Hoffman, one of two candidates running for D.C. Bar president-elect for the 2018–2019 term.
April 5, 2018—Get to know Bridget Bailey Lipscomb, one of two candidates running for D.C. Bar president-elect for the 2018–2019 term.
April 4, 2018—Part one of a two-part series, the D.C. Bar asks environmental legal experts to comment on the state of U.S. environmental law.
April 3, 2018—The advent of blockchain has meant a new legal opportunity for lawyers.
April 3, 2018—The D.C. Bar Board of Governors is seeking a candidate for a vacancy on the Clients’ Security Fund. Applications are due Friday, April 13, 2018.
March 28, 2018—Attorney General Karl A. Racine has welcomed 16 recent graduates from area law schools as the 2018 class of Charles F.C. Ruff Fellows at the Office of the Attorney General.
March 26, 2018—Jessica Markham is the founder of Markham Law Firm, a Bethesda, Maryland-based family law practice that is unique in that all its attorneys are women.
March 26, 2018—The D.C. Judicial Nomination Commission is pleased to announce the nomination of Judge Rahkel Bouchet to be an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of D.C.
March 23, 2018—Bay View, Michigan, is known as an idyllic summer town, but its residents have been at the center of a fierce debate as the Bay View Chautauqua Inclusiveness Group files a lawsuit against the Bay View Association for its historic bylaws that do not allow non-Christians from owning or inheriting property.
March 22, 2018—Georgetown University Law triumphs over the George Washington University School of Law to win the 2018 D.C. Cup Moot Court Competition.
March 21, 2018—When someone disagrees with you, how do you respond? That was a key question posed to Washington, D.C.-area students at the 19th Annual Youth Law Fair, held on March 17 at the H. Carl Moultrie Courthouse.
March 20, 2018—Due to inclement weather, D.C. Bar programs scheduled for this evening, March 20, and tomorrow, March 21, are postponed.
March 19, 2018—Anita Earls wants to be a North Carolina supreme court justice. To get there, the civil rights lawyer has to win an election in North Carolina, one of 7 states that select supreme court justices through elections rather than a nomination.
March 16, 2018—Three individuals have been recommended to the President for his consideration in selecting a nominee to fill a judicial vacancy on the D.C. Superior Court.
March 13, 2018—The D.C. Bar Nominations Committee has selected Susan M. Hoffman, partner at Crowell & Moring LLP, and Bridget Bailey Lipscomb, assistant director at the U.S. Department of Justice, as candidates for D.C. Bar president-elect for the 2018–2019 term.
March 9, 2018—In the March 2018 Washington Lawyer, writer Jeffery Leon spoke to five outstanding women lawyers who have broken down barriers and are making their mark in the legal profession. In expanded excerpts of those interviews, four share their experiences about the challenges women face in an industry still dominated by men.
March 8, 2018—The D.C. Bar will honor some of its most outstanding members and exceptional projects at the Celebration of Leadership on June 12, 2018.
March 7, 2018—Disciplinary decisions that are available on the "Disciplinary Decisions" tab on the Board on Professional Responsibility’s web page are now also available on Fastcase.
March 5, 2018—Solo practitioner, Ed Varrone, discusses his career evolution - noting that the diversity in cases is a big draw for him as “every day is a new adventure.”
February 28, 2018—The D.C. Bar Board of Governors is seeking candidates for appointment this spring to six committees. The deadline to apply for these vacancies is March 2, 2018.
February 26, 2018—Certificates of Good Standing are now issued by the D.C. Bar on behalf of the D.C. Court of Appeals Committee on Admissions.
February 23, 2018—Coming to an event at the D.C. Bar? Check out the parking near our new headquarters. Parking at our new HQ will begin March 1.
February 20, 2018—The #MeToo movement is an important one, but lawyers caution those who want to share their stories to pause a moment first to determine if the cost of speaking out outweighs the benefit.
February 19, 2018—Jon Decker’s recent achievement might be hard to top. After passing the D.C. Bar exam late last year, this Fox News Radio correspondent became the only daily member of the White House press corps with a law degree.
February 16, 2018—On Thursday, February 15, the D.C. Bar Continuing Legal Education Program hosted its first course in the Bar’s new headquarters!
February 15, 2018—One wrong tweet and you’re toast? In this brave new world of 24/7 social media broadcasting, employers have the ability to monitor their employee’s feeds—and may not like what they see.
February 14, 2018—How do I love you? Let lawyers count the way. Check out our quirky legal Valentine's and get in on the fun by submitting your own!
February 7, 2018—The D.C. Courts released its strategic plan for 2018 to 2022. The Courts’ theme for this five-year plan is Open to All, Trusted by All, Justice for All.
February 5, 2018—When Hurricane Irma struck in 2017, the Small Business Administration put out a call for employees willing to go to Florida to help. From late September to late November, attorney Catalina Martinez traded her desk in D.C. for 9 to 14 hours a day at a makeshift office in Miami.
January 31, 2018—ACLU national legal director David Cole discusses First Amendment rights, and the importance of protecting all speech.
January 31, 2018—February’s Washington Lawyer talked to the social justice changemakers at the D.C. Bar, from attorneys protecting the right to bear arms to those defending LGBTQ rights. As part of the Member Spotlight, Tristia Bauman, senior attorney at the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, talks what social justice issue keeps her up at night.
January 29, 2018—This is to notify members of the bench, bar, and general public that Magistrate Judge Noel T. Johnson has declared his candidacy for reappointment as a Magistrate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Magistrate Judge Johnson’s term will expire on April 4, 2018.
January 29, 2018—A delegation of 20 judges from the Guangxi Province of Southern China visited the D.C. Bar headquarters and met with leaders of the Bar and the D.C. Courts.
January 25, 2018—The District of Columbia Court of Appeals will begin mandatory electronic filing and service starting February 20, 2018.
January 25, 2018—In the first "On Immigration" column from the D.C. Bar, Michael Lukens, pro bono director of the CAIR Coalition, reflects on his organization’s work a year after Trump’s first travel ban was issued.
January 25, 2018—The fairytale villain the Big Bad Wolf found a sympathetic jury of third graders, and was acquitted of charges of breaking and entering.
January 23, 2018—Did you devote 50 hours or more to pro bono service in 2017? If so, register your name for the District of Columbia Courts’ Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll by March 1, 2018.
January 22, 2018—Geetanjali Bhushan knows from the twists and turns in her career that life does not always go according to even the best-laid plans.
January 12, 2018—CAIR Coalition recently launched Immigration Impact Lab, a two-attorney program that zeroes in on appellate litigation.
January 10, 2018—The Judicial Nomination Commission has recommended to the President three individuals for his consideration in selecting a nominee to fill a D.C. Superior Court judicial vacancy, created by the retirement of Judge Frederick H. Weisberg.
January 8, 2018—Bike Law attorney, Timothy Finch, discusses turning a passion into a profession.
January 5, 2018—The D.C. Court of Appeals is seeking applications for a vacancy on the Committee on Admissions. Applications due by Friday, February 16, 2018.
January 3, 2018—Stand out in a sea of legal providers with tips from the D.C. Bar Communities program “Establishing a Unique Brand as a Legal Professional," January 9.
January 1, 2018—As the year begins the D.C. Bar Lawyer Assistance Program offers seven tips to begin 2018 refreshed and ready to take on a new year both professionally and personally.
December 28, 2017—The District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission has advised the President that Magdalena Acevedo, who had been recommended for his consideration in filling the judicial vacancy on the D.C. Superior Court created by the retirement of the Judge Zoe A. Bush has withdrawn from consideration.
December 26, 2017—Read about D.C. resident Ms. M, who was one of the more than 17,000 low-income individuals and families in the District of Columbia that received critical legal assistance with help from the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center over the last year.
December 26, 2017—D.C. Bar CEO Robert Spagnoletti was interviewed by the Washington Post on his favorite movie about the legal profession.
December 21, 2017—Neither rain nor sleet nor snow kept volunteers away from the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center’s Advice & Referral Clinic on Saturday, December 9.
December 14, 2017—In ceremonies on December 4 and another on December 18, 2017, the D.C. Court of Appeals will swear in over 700 new lawyers to the D.C. Bar.
December 13, 2017—The D.C. Judicial Nomination Commission has forwarded to the President the names of six candidates for consideration in selecting nominees to fill judicial vacancies on the D.C. Superior Court.
December 11, 2017—If it wasn’t for Carroll Savage's important role in the world of retirement benefits, this could be seen as a story of a lawyer who found another calling in sailing.
December 8, 2017—Mary Ellen Hickman, business and marketing strategist at Hickman Consulting Partners, gifts you with holiday marketing tips that show that a little investment now can generate new clients and additional business in the new year.
December 7, 2017—The D.C. Bar is calling for nominations for its 2018 Beatrice Rosenberg Award and its 2018 Thurgood Marshall Award. Both awards will be presented at the Celebration of Leadership: The D.C. Bar Awards Dinner and Annual Meeting, on June 12.
December 4, 2017—The D.C. District Court for the District of Columbia has issued a notice on the proposed Brady rule.
December 1, 2017—Practical tips from the D.C. Bar's Lawyer Assistance Program for surviving, and thriving, during the holidays.
November 28, 2017—Federal employees can help provide legal services with a contribution to the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center through the Combined Federal Campaign.
November 28, 2017—D.C. Bar members like you make it possible for the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center to provide immediate legal consultation to vulnerable members of the community.
November 27, 2017—Jim Wang, an associate with Jones Day’s, shares how his love for law and politics led him to his first vote in the 2008 presidential election.
November 21, 2017—What does a day in the life of a commercial real estate attorney look like? On November 16 J.J. Sherman, founder and principal of the Law Offices of J.J. Sherman, offered insight into the practice during a Small Firm Lunch and Learn session hosted by the D.C. Bar Practice Management Advisory Service.
November 20, 2017—Alexander Moore, chief development officer of D.C. Central Kitchen, discusses the organization's unique approach to fighting hunger in the District.
November 17, 2017—D.C. Court of Appeals Chief Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby honored by the National Association of Women Judges-District Four with its Edna G. Parker Award.
November 15, 2017—On November 1 members of the bench and bar attended the Ninth Annual Judge Thomas A. Flannery Lecture presented by Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein.
November 13, 2017—Keep up with the latest news and progress as we work to build our new home at 901 4th Street NW.
November 13, 2017—To this day Alyssa Senzel's work when she was “just a baby lawyer,” as she calls it, has been one of the most meaningful experiences of her career.
November 9, 2017—D.C. Bar Leadership Academy graduates Charles McCullough and Melanie Bates share their experiences serving on the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center’s Advice & Referral Clinic.
November 3, 2017—Celebrating Pro Bono Week, the D.C. Circuit Judicial Conference hosted its biennial Federal Government Attorney Pro Bono Recognition Reception on October 24.
November 1, 2017—Prominent individuals from art to politics who, you may not know, trained in the law before moving on to other pursuits.
October 31, 2017—D.C. Bar members discuss the advocacies they're passionate about.
October 30, 2017—Attorney-turned-teacher, Jeff Feinstein, applies his belief about a lawyer's job of “not to argue but to persuade" to his students, while taking his lessons beyond the classroom and rooting them in the law.
October 27, 2017—Highlights from the annual Pro Bono Partnership (PART) Luncheon on October 25, hosted by Sidley Austin LLP.
October 26, 2017—Allison Miles-Lee of Bread for the City discusses issues around aid in D.C. and helping low-income District residents obtain the assistance they need.
October 25, 2017—The Washington Business Journal and the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University host “The Business of Law”, a panel discussion on D.C.’s changing legal landscape.
October 25, 2017—At first, it was a mother with no counsel against a father with an experienced, paid lawyer. Read Ms. E’s story as she battled for custody of her child with the help of attorneys Katie Towt and Ahuva Battams, who were placed with her through the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center’s Advocacy & Justice Clinic.
October 16, 2017—Hunton & Williams LLP has obtained court-approval to donate more than $60,000 in remaining funds from a class-action settlement to support nonprofit DC Central Kitchen.
October 15, 2017—McKnight finds the most satisfaction in representing her clients, taking on their anxieties, and managing their legal issues so they don’t have to.
October 5, 2017—Steven Milloy talks about the cost of environmental over-regulation.
October 4, 2017—Oceana’s Eric Bilsky talks about why environmental regulation matters.
October 3, 2017—Busy attorneys share their favorite food apps.
October 3, 2017—More than 300 members of the local legal community attended Tzedek DC’s Eat Well, Do Justice! event, raising over $100,000 toward Tzedek DC’s mission.
October 2, 2017—“I discovered cyberspace law and thought, Hey, there aren’t many people who can really bridge that gap between engineering, technology, and law.” Patent attorney Jennifer Maisel bridges the gap, and packs a powerful punch.
September 27, 2017—Kim Bey, CPA, writes about the typical, but significant tax mistakes people make that can cost them thousands of dollars.
September 27, 2017—The D.C. Bar Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP) presented the Lunch-and-Learn session “Clearing Clutter: Tuning in to Time, Space and Mind,” showing attorneys the best methods to clear their workspaces, and their minds.
September 26, 2017—For the twenty-first year in a row, the D.C. Bar Communities Office (formerly Sections) co-sponsors the Benjamin Banneker Academic High School Science Fair.
September 25, 2017—Volunteer attorneys and immigration law mentors assisted 32 clients with immigration questions and concerns at D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center's Immigration Legal Advice & Referral Clinic.
September 20, 2017—There is no lesson quite so powerful as $10 million in overtime pay because a state left off a comma.
September 19, 2017—The D.C. Bar was buzzing with Bar and Communities members on September 13, as people networked at the D.C. Bar Communities Connect and Speaker Appreciation Reception.
September 18, 2017—Throughout her career, Michele Zavos has witnessed monumental societal change, working during the height of the AIDS crisis and at the forefront of LGBT issues and family law.
September 14, 2017—The Judicial Nomination Commission has forwarded to the President the names of three lawyers for his consideration in selecting a nominee to fill the judicial vacancy on the D.C. Superior Court created by the retirement of Judge Gregory E. Jackson.
September 14, 2017—The District of Columbia Bar has named Matthew S. Butler as its new Chief Operations Officer, making him the fourth most recent member to join the Bar’s Executive Team this year.
September 13, 2017—Firms all over the District are rising to the occasion and bringing relief to those impacted by the devastation brought on by Hurricane Harvey.
September 12, 2017—Paul Alvarez and Jim Bitzes of Ernst & Young LLP tell us how firms can best prepare for a data breach scenario.
September 11, 2017—On the 16th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, we remember the words of former D.C. Bar President John Payton, who passed away in 2012. As president of the Bar at the time, Payton wrote a powerful letter to the staff about the tragedy.
September 11, 2017—On August 24, 2017, the D.C. Bar hosted a visit by 17 Turkish law students sponsored by the Turkey Foundation for International Legal Cooperation.
September 6, 2017—Mary Ellen Hickman, a business and marketing strategy consultant and the head of Hickman Consulting Partners, offers tips to law firms and businesses to create effective marketing strategies with measurable results.
September 5, 2017—Is the LSAT’s days as the end-all, be-all gateway to law school coming to an end, making way for the more ubiquitous GRE?
September 5, 2017—Not that there’s anything wrong with a Ph.D. in philosophy from Columbia University, but for Sirine Shebaya, senior staff attorney at Muslim Advocates, the life of an academic felt a little too theoretical.
September 1, 2017—The Board of Judges of the D.C. Superior Court approved the amendments to Superior Court Rules of Civil Procedure.
August 30, 2017—Pairing star chefs with members of the D.C. legal community, Tzedek DC’s Eat Well, Do Justice! 2017 Celebrity Chef Kugel Cook-Off takes place September 25.
August 29, 2017—Want to help your colleagues in Texas? The State Bar of Texas offers a list of resources to connect attorneys to volunteer opportunities to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
August 28, 2017—D.C. Court of Appeals Chief Judge Blackburne-Rigsby and D.C. Superior Court Chief Judge Morin announce new initiatives to enhance electronic court access, providing more information to the public.
August 25, 2017—Law school may prepare you to write briefs and think analytically, but it won’t help you as a parent understand the fast change of pace from summer to school. Check out these tips from the D.C. Bar’s Lawyer Assistance Program to help you get into the groove of a new school year.
August 24, 2017—Long before globalization was a buzzword, Kristen Young knew she had a strong interest in international law. Today, she crosses the globe as a partner in the international arbitration and litigation group at White & Case LLP.
August 24, 2017—In August, the Seoul Bar Association (SBA) visited the D.C. Bar at its headquarters to bolster the relationship between the two.
August 23, 2017—Micro-mentoring proves that the lifetime of practical knowledge pulsing through a law firm can be passed along through small, personal interactions.
August 21, 2017—A solo practitioner since 1983, Herbert Dubin, 77, says he still loves the different challenges of practicing law.
August 16, 2017—The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center has earned a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.
August 15, 2017—As the final weeks of summer come to a close, use this time to unplug from electronic devices and practice implementing valuable mindfulness skills that will be needed in the more hectic months ahead.
August 10, 2017—The 2016 D.C. Bar Pro Bono Initiative Report reveals the state of law firm pro bono in the District of Columbia.
August 9, 2017—The D.C. Bar has named Annamaria Steward as its new Director of Leadership and Strategic Development. Ms. Steward will assume the position starting August 28, 2017, and become a member of the Bar’s Executive Team.
August 8, 2017—The “divorce” negotiations for Brexit are now underway. Yet after months of maneuvering and preparation, virtually nothing has been clarified. Read more about some of the major sticking points.
August 7, 2017—D.C. Bar member and rule-of-law expert, Jade Wu, discusses lessons learned from a career spanning five countries.
July 25, 2017—For attorney W. Neil Eggleston, the investigation into President Trump’s campaign and staff is a reminder that highly public inquiries are frantic, no matter the president.
July 24, 2017—The Gnocchis have found that their specialized niche is unlike that of most other law practices because few understand how a misstep in criminal court can have larger consequences for non-citizens.
July 21, 2017—“Absolutely phenomenal” and “fantastic” are just a few of the words attendees used to describe the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center’s two-part Bankruptcy Training for Pro Bono Attorneys.
July 18, 2017—Advice for handling low bono legal work, while still maintaining a profitable law firm.
July 17, 2017—Robert S. Bennett is a member of an exclusive club of attorneys who have represented sitting U.S. presidents in the midst of political scandal.
July 14, 2017—Six tips for keeping your body in motion while on travel.
July 12, 2017—With 20 D.C. Bar Communities to choose from, how will you decide which three are right for you?
July 10, 2017—Negotiation consultant, Alissa Stern, teaches you the art of email negotiation.
July 10, 2017—Bryan Webster, senior attorney at Microsoft Corporation, discusses a career path focused on seeking out "good people and a steep learning curve."
July 7, 2017—The D.C. Bar Global Legal Practice Task Force is soliciting public comment on its report and recommendation to amend D.C. Court of Appeals Rule 46 — Admission to the Bar. Comments are due by close of business on September 5, 2017.
July 7, 2017—The new Communities offers numerous ways to volunteer that fits your schedule, offering your leadership and practice area expertise to grow your network while enriching others.
July 6, 2017—The D.C. Bar has named Darrin. P. Sobin as its new chief programs officer. He will assume the position starting July 24, 2017.
June 30, 2017—As the United States prepares to break out the fireworks for the Fourth of July, let’s look at how other countries celebrate their independence.
June 29, 2017—The D.C. Bar’s Chief Programs Officer, Cynthia Hill, steps up to the plate one last time as she sets to retire on Friday, June 30.
June 26, 2017—Sharra Greer, policy director at Children’s Law Center, discusses her career focused on civil rights, including work that led to legislative repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” military policy barring LGBT individuals from openly serving in the armed forces.
June 22, 2017—Why is D.C. Bar Sections transitioning to Communities? To provide a robust experience that offers greater programming, engagement, and technology.
June 16, 2017—Highlights from the D.C. Bar's annual Celebration of Leadership, hosted at the Mayflower Hotel on June 14.
June 15, 2017—In time for Father’s Day, we are running excepts of our Q&A with Michael Aniton, focusing on the impact of the District’s family-friendly leave policy.
June 14, 2017—Read about the unique pro bono policy implemented at Miller & Chevalier that helped the firm earn the D.C. Bar's Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year Award.
June 13, 2017—As D.C. Bar Communities is set to launch in July, learn about the benefits offered to its members, from greater networking opportunities to discounts on programming.
June 13, 2017—The Washington Bar Association will take home the inaugural Voluntary Bar of the Year Award at the D.C. Bar’s annual Celebration of Leadership.
June 12, 2017—Lawyers who are looking for work–life balance plus a flourishing career might start by looking at what Kathleen Moriarty Mueller, counsel at Sidley Austin LLP, has done.
June 9, 2017—Ready to grow your practice? Before you do, beware of the typical pitfalls of expanding your business and how they could impact your services and clients.
June 8, 2017—The D.C. Bar Leadership Development Committee will be honored with the Frederick B. Abramson Award at the D.C. Bar Celebration of Leadership on June 14.
June 7, 2017—Daniele M. Schiffman, senior litigator at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, will receive the Laura N. Rinaldi Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year Award on June 14.
June 6, 2017—David C. Smith, partner at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, will be honored as a co-recipient of the Laura N. Rinaldi Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year award on June 14 at the D.C. Bar Celebration of Leadership.
June 6, 2017—The D.C. Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure invites comments on the qualifications of Judge Gregory Jackson to continue his judicial service as a senior judge.
June 5, 2017—A 21st-century law firm isn’t just a brick and mortar shop located in a business district. For many, the modern-day law firm is also virtual.
June 5, 2017—A special retirement celebration for former D.C. Bar CEO Katherine Mazzaferri on June 1 brought out prominent members of D.C.’s legal community to honor her 35 years of leadership at the D.C. Bar.
June 2, 2017—The D.C. Bar Taxation Section will be honored as Section of the Year at the upcoming Celebration of Leadership: D.C. Bar Awards Dinner and Annual Meeting on June 14 at the Mayflower Hotel.
June 2, 2017—What does it take to get on the bench? Join the D.C. Bar Communities (formerly Sections) on June 6 for “Career Pathways to the Judiciary” to find out.
June 1, 2017—D.C. Bar member Paul Boyer, senior vice president at Replenium, talks about what he enjoyed most when D.C. BARometer came to Seattle.
May 31, 2017—The D.C. Bar announces the results of its 2017 elections. Esther Lim of Finnegan has been elected president-elect of the D.C. Bar for the 2017–2018 term.
May 30, 2017—Take a deep dive with Fastcase CEO Ed Walters into how data is changing the practice of law.
May 29, 2017—D.C. Bar member Thomas Lenz, senior partner at Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo, discusses his nearly three-decade career handling labor and employment law issues, an area of practice he was originally told was a “dead area.”
May 26, 2017—Want to know the secret to getting more of the right clients? Mary Ellen Hickman, head of Hickman Consulting Partners, shares with the D.C. Bar her strategies for screening out clients that don’t add value to one’s practice.
May 26, 2017—During World War II D.C. Bar “Legend in the Law” Elliot L. Richardson served in the armed forces and participated in the D-Day invasion of Europe. In recognition of Memorial Day, we reprint the account he gave of that historic day in the Legends interviews.
May 23, 2017—Sharon Nelson and John Simek of Sensei Enterprises, Inc. offer tips on how to keep your firm protected from ransomware, which is a viral attack and a billion-dollar-a-year business, according to the FBI.
May 18, 2017—With Bike to Work Day upon us another year, avid cyclist Peter Anderson, an associate for Grenier Law Group, writes about why he thinks the nation's capital is the ideal place for those who enjoy the two-wheel commute.
May 17, 2017—A D.C. Bar member talks about her struggles with alcohol addiction and how she learned to become what she called a "grown-up sober lady."
May 16, 2017—Cynthia G. Wright, former chair of the D.C. Court of Appeals Unauthorized Practice of Law, provides some background for why there has been an increase in UPL inquiry letters, and some practical tips for responding to inquiries and how to avoid UPL problems.
May 15, 2017—As we celebrate Mother’s Day, we spotlight Vanessa Sophir, a former public defender who took a 10-year break to raise her three children before getting “back in the game.”
May 11, 2017—The D.C. Board on Professional Responsibility has appointed Hamilton P. “Phil” Fox, III, as the new disciplinary counsel. Fox will assume his duties on June 7, 2017, following the retirement of Wallace E. “Gene” Shipp, Jr., after almost 37 years of service to the D.C. attorney discipline system.
May 3, 2017—On May 1, Annual Law Day Conversations with the D.C. Courts focused on the critical role the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution has played in shaping American law and society over the past 150 years.
May 3, 2017—On April 21, four local attorneys were sworn in as magistrate judges at the H. Carl Moultrie Courthouse.
May 2, 2017—On April 27 the chief judges of the D.C. federal courts honored 33 law firms and the National Capital Region chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel for their pro bono leadership at the 14th annual 40 at 50 Judicial Pro Bono Recognition Breakfast.
May 1, 2017—Linda A. Klein, President of the American Bar Association, discusses the importance of Law Day and, this year's theme, the 14th Amendment.
May 1, 2017—Michael Allen, 54, senior corporate counsel at Nordstrom, Inc., has an intricate life story—he’s a family man with close ties to his sister’s children, a lawyer who chose the law after an epiphany in Jamaica, and a political junkie who had the courage to quit jobs and work for candidates he believed in.
April 28, 2017—Eric Zimmerman of McDermott Will & Emery LLP offers his perspective on wellness.
April 27, 2017—A volunteer attorney, who was placed with Mrs. J through the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center, was able to help with her bankruptcy filing process, keeping her family in their home.
April 27, 2017—The D.C. Courts and the D.C. Bar successfully cohost the 2017 Judicial and Bar Conference with hundreds of attorneys, judges, and others in the legal community in attendance. With the theme “Justice for All? Bias and Discrimination in the 21st Century,” the conference explored issues around the future of voting rights and electoral reform, racial bias, and criminal justice reform.
April 27, 2017—D.C. Bar President-elect candidates, Esther Lim and Leah Quadrino, gave brief remarks addressing their platforms at the D.C. Bar Candidates’ Forum.
April 18, 2017—More than 60 attorneys, paralegals and law students turned out on April 5 for the second D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center training in a series designed to prepare them to take pro bono asylum cases.
April 17, 2017—An interview with Jim Markwith, cofounder of Symons Markwith LLP, which has offices in Seattle, Newport Beach, California, and Washington, D.C.
April 13, 2017—Thanks in part to Eduardo Ferrer, young people in the District of Columbia will see a new legal landscape with the Comprehensive Youth Justice Amendment Act of 2016, which became law on April 4.
April 11, 2017—Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, spoke to a crowded room of judges and attorneys at the 2017 Judicial and Bar Conference about confronting bias in the legal system and the role of the judicial branch in upholding democracy.
April 10, 2017—The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center, in partnership with Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, launched the 8-part business law course for nonprofits on Monday, April 3, 2017.
April 6, 2017—The D.C. Bar has named Jonathan M. Smith, executive director of the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, as the 2017 recipient of its William J. Brennan Jr. Award in recognition of Smith’s work toward furthering the public interest and equal justice for all Americans.
April 6, 2017—The D.C. Bar has named John C. Cruden as the 2017 recipient of its Beatrice Rosenberg Award for Excellence in Government Service for his long history of public service in the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Army.
April 6, 2017—Founded in 2011 with the goal of providing high-quality legal services while also emphasizing a healthy work–life balance for the firm’s staff, The Geller Law Group discusses its innovative approach to maintaining balance.
April 3, 2017—By all standards, Dennis Archer, chairman emeritus of Dickinson Wright PLLC in Detroit and a D.C. Bar member since its founding in 1972, has had quite the career. Michigan Supreme Court judge, two-term mayor of Detroit, first African American president of the ABA, a strong believer in giving back. Read highlights from his life and get to know the man who says he has no plans of slowing down.
March 31, 2017—On March 29 the D.C. Bar held a special membership meeting to vote on three resolutions regarding the Bar’s authority to make public statements on certain issues.
March 30, 2017—On Tuesday, March 28, the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center, in partnership with Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, hosted a nonprofit training entitled “Navigating Government Grants & Contracts for your Nonprofit” for over 40 nonprofit executives.
March 30, 2017—The D.C. Superior Court and the Litigation Section of the D.C. Bar hosted the 18th Annual Youth Law Fair on March 18, drawing more than 170 students to the H. Carl Moultrie Courthouse to learn more about the law, take part in mock trials, and meet legal professionals.
March 29, 2017—Legal Services Corporation (LSC) president James J. Sandman says he has been encouraged by the widespread show of support for LSC coming from those in the legal community, as well as from congressional members across party lines, as the organization faces the prospect of losing all federal funding in the coming fiscal year.
March 27, 2017—The D.C. Courts want to warn members of the public not to be taken-in by a telephone scam in which the caller ID indicates calls are from D.C. Courts
March 21, 2017—The last of the three-part series profiling attorneys at Markham Law Firm, Jillian S. Morris discusses making career decisions based on what is best for her family.
March 21, 2017—On March 17 Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby was sworn in as chief judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. The investiture, held at the D.C. Historic Courthouse, brought out many members of the Washington, D.C., legal community, as well as family and friends of the new chief judge.
March 20, 2017—Never let it be said that Shannon Nash passes up an opportunity to do something a little different. The lawyer, tax specialist, certified public accountant, and entrepreneur—who started her career in D.C. law firms—has taken her peripatetic life and fashioned it into a series of jobs and other ventures.
March 16, 2017—The D.C. Bar has named Robert J. Spagnoletti as its new Chief Executive Officer. Spagnoletti will assume the position on May 1, 2017, following the retirement of CEO Katherine A. Mazzaferri after almost 35 years of service at the Bar.
March 15, 2017—Exploring the issue of child support enforcement and the challenges for parents, attorneys, the courts, and state agencies on the fair application of the law.
March 15, 2017—After putting the word out on social media that the D.C. Superior Court’s Family Court Self-Help Center was seeking volunteers, 47 attorneys attend the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center's training.
March 13, 2017—In a time of increasing uncertainty for immigrants, the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center assisted a record number of community members with immigration questions and concerns at its Immigration Legal Advice & Referral Clinic on Saturday, March 4.
March 9, 2017—D.C. Bar member Tim Lambert, senior counsel for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Office of Fair Lending and Equal Opportunity and a coordinator for D.C. Mindful Lawyers, has been practicing mindfulness for the last 10 years. Here he shares how meditation can help bring calm into one’s daily life.
March 8, 2017—On International Women’s Day, we continue the series about parental leave policies, an issue that resonates with women around the world. Today, we profile Chanel Dolinsky.
March 8, 2017—On March 3 The George Washington University Law School moot court team of students Claudia Ojeda and Lisette Washington bested Howard University School of Law in the final round of oral arguments to win the 2017 D.C. Cup Moot Court Competition.
March 6, 2017—Keith M. Harper is a partner at the law firm Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP. He was, from June 2014 to January 2017, the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. Before that he was a lawyer known for working on behalf of Native Americans. He is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and the first Native American to ever receive the rank of a U.S. ambassador.
March 2, 2017—Attendees of the West Coast D.C. BARometer discuss the value they get with their D.C. Bar membership.
March 1, 2017—Camille A. Nelson was appointed dean of American University Washington College of Law (WCL) on July 25, 2016, becoming the first woman to lead the law school since 1947. The D.C. Bar spoke with Nelson about her motivations, ambitions, and challenges in her new position as the law school marks its 121st founding anniversary.
February 28, 2017—The first of a three-part series on women at Markam Law Firm and their experiences with maternity leave, as well as the challenges and joys of juggling their careers with family. We begin with owner Jessica Markham.
February 27, 2017—The D.C. Bar's notice to our membership about Avvo.
February 24, 2017—In March’s Washington Lawyer, we asked women who are partners in their firm to offer their best advice for attorneys who are just beginning their careers. Below, Kim Brooks-Rodney of Cohen & Cohen, P.C., talks about the obstacles women must overcome and trying to find balance in their professional and personal lives.
February 23, 2017—In March’s Washington Lawyer, the D.C. Bar spoke to women who are devoting their careers and legal expertise to help people in need. Below, Smita Rao Dazzo talks about her work in the Immigration Legal Services of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington.
February 20, 2017—Baltimore attorney and D.C. Bar member Harry S. Johnson is comfortable being on the front lines in the legal field. First African American president of the Maryland State Bar Association. First African American partner at Whiteford, Taylor & Preston. Taking on what were sometimes unpopular sides in high-profile litigation cases. Johnson, 62, chatted with the D.C. Bar about his life, his career, and his deep connections to Baltimore.
February 16, 2017—Reflecting an increase in requests from Washington, D.C.-area attorneys for trainings on subjects related to immigration and asylum law, the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center’s “Representing Asylum Seekers – Basic Training” on February 14 drew more than 80 attorneys, paralegals, and law students.
February 14, 2017—Legal observers are a regular presence at protests and demonstrations, monitoring and documenting the actions of police, protesters, and bystanders in a neutral and objective manner.
February 10, 2017—Immigration experts discuss the Ninth Circuit Court ruling and what's next in the legal battle regarding President Trump's travel ban on seven predominantly Muslim nations.
February 10, 2017—Immigration has been one of the biggest headlines of the last few weeks, and on Thursday, February 16, the D.C. Bar Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Program will tackle some of the issues head on in its course “Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions.”
February 9, 2017—The Superior Court of the District of Columbia has issued Administrative Order 17-03, enacted January 24, 2017, which revises the protocols for the arraignments of juveniles to increase simplicity, better ensure administration fairness, and eliminate delays.
February 6, 2017—Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Harry C. Storm, a D.C. Bar member and former principal in the Bethesda law firm Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chartered, currently serves as president of the Maryland State Bar Association. In an interview with the D.C. Bar, Storm covered a range of topics, including his view from the bench, advice to young lawyers entering the profession, and the importance of civility in the practice of law.
February 2, 2017—The D.C. Judicial Nomination Commission has designated Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby to serve as Chief Judge of the D.C. Court of Appeals, effective March 18.
February 2, 2017—After President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration, the response from outraged lawyers was immediate as they flooded airports around the country.
February 2, 2017—Following a curated tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, members of the D.C. Bar Board of Governors and invited guests offered their reactions and connections to the extraordinary collection of artifacts on display at the Smithsonian’s newest museum.
February 1, 2017—U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch has dominated headlines since President Trump’s January 31 prime-time announcement, and reactions have come fast and furious about how Gorsuch, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, could impact the Court.
January 31, 2017—The D.C. Bar is excited to announce that beginning Monday, February 6, our Continuing Legal Education Program will use a new online education platform for both its simultaneous Webcasts of live courses and its on-demand courses.
January 31, 2017—Harold H. Greene, who served as chief of the appeals and research section of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and later as chief judge of the D.C. Superior Court, recalls the day he sat in the Senate gallery and watched as the now famous filibuster was broken in support of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
January 30, 2017—Charles W. Johnson IV, partner at Akin Gump, speaks about his firm’s commitment through its programs and recruitment to expand diversity, as well as about the importance for people, both in law firms and in society, to engage in conversations about inclusion.
January 27, 2017—The D.C. Superior Court has raised the dollar amount limit for cases that may be filed in the Small Claims Branch from $5,000 to $10,000.
January 27, 2017—As President Donald Trump's administration begins, experts examine the future of environmental regulations and the abilities of the administration to enact their plans.
January 26, 2017—In February's Washington Lawyer, the D.C. Bar asked members who has been their trailblazers, the biggest inspiration in their career.
January 26, 2017—Retiring D.C. Bar CEO Katherine Mazzaferri was celebrated January 25 for her 35 years of service with the establishment of a pro bono fund named in her honor.
January 18, 2017—Check out these helpful tips you can do from your home or office to bring your life, from your physical health to your career, into focus.
January 13, 2017—Despite the inclement weather and frigid temperatures, volunteers turned out in high volume at the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center’s Immigration Legal Advice and Referral Clinic.
January 12, 2017—Starting January 23, 2017, the court will implement a mandatory early intervention appellate mediation program for certain appeals where all parties are represented by counsel.
January 11, 2017—How does one balance work with wellness? For Judge Bruce Mencher, a senior judge on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, it’s through music. Here he shares more about his passion for music and how it helps him unwind.
January 5, 2017—Patrick Malone, moderator of a CLE course "Evaluating Expert Witnesses: The New Daubert Standard in D.C. Superior Court" offers his insider tips for trial lawyers.
January 3, 2017—In 1991 attorneys Richard Frank and Alan Raul founded Lawyers Have Heart, now the leading philanthropic event involving the D.C. legal community, to raise funds for and awareness about heart health. Frank recently discussed with Washington Lawyer how it all started.
December 30, 2016—A global perspective on the traditions and customs that accompany welcoming a new leader.
December 29, 2016—After graduating from the John Payton Leadership Academy in 2014, Moses Cook continues to use the lessons he learned during the program in his role as executive director of D.C. Law Students in Court and as a current member of the D.C. Bar’s Board of Governors.
December 28, 2016—In the January Washington Lawyer, we asked our members about their most memorable inauguration experiences. Below, Anthony Pierce of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and Charles Ingebretson, former EPA chief of staff, share their memories.
December 14, 2016—After investing heavily in digital marketing initiatives, many law firms are finding that the best way to recruit and retain clients is person-to-person contact.
December 13, 2016—Fake news has been around for generations. What’s new is the speed at which fake news can be disseminated, thanks to social media and the "eco-system of junk" people are consuming news from.
December 9, 2016—The D.C. Bar has named Rebecca K. Troth as executive director of its Pro Bono Center.
December 2, 2016—On December 1 the Washington Council of Lawyers (WCL) recognized and celebrated the outstanding contributions of attorneys in pro bono and public interest work, including D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center Managing Attorney Thomas “Skip” Mark.
November 23, 2016—In December's Washington Lawyer, we asked law firm partners, when it comes to tech tools, what can't you live without?
November 22, 2016—Members now get free access to new online libraries exclusive to the D.C. Bar.
November 17, 2016—The D.C. Bar and Fastcase today announced that all active and judicial members of the D.C. Bar will have access to officially published decisions of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia through the Fastcase online legal research library.
November 14, 2016—How are U.S. firms with London offices preparing for a potential Brexit in the upcoming years? Partners at Hogan Lovells and Baker Botts talk about their current action plans, as well as Brexit’s impact on the profession.
November 7, 2016—On November 4, the D.C. Bar's first president E. Barrett Prettyman, Jr., died at 91. Stephen Immelt, partner and CEO at Hogan Lovells, where Prettyman worked for decades beginning in 1955, penned a letter following the tremendous loss of this legal legend.
November 7, 2016—Former D.C. Bar president Jamie Gorelick, who was the deputy attorney general at the Department of Justice from 1994 to 1997, spoke about her relationship with Reno in a 2011 interview with Washington Lawyer.
November 4, 2016—Safety first! With their hard hats firmly in place, D.C. Bar leaders, joined by developers and representatives from the Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District (CID), toured the new headquarters’ construction site at 901 4th Street, NW.
November 2, 2016—This is the conclusion of an education series about how the District of Columbia could become a national model for improving low-achieving schools under a new federal law, the Every Student Succeeds Act.
October 27, 2016—Zenobia Lai, APALRC’s executive director from 2011 to 2015, shares more about the organization’s role in helping the residents of Museum Square.
October 26, 2016—You just spent years in law school, but once you’ve graduated, there’s still so much more to learn. Seasoned lawyers offered some advice in the Career & Professional Development column of our November Washington Lawyer. Want to read more? Check out the expanded, digital edition!
October 25, 2016—Justyna Milewski’s first pro bono client was an older woman who was being sued for eviction after living in her apartment for more than 25 years. To the new associate at DLA Piper, the case, at first blush, appeared uncomplicated.
October 25, 2016—In our November Washington Lawyer, D.C. Bar members spoke about their work to help refugees and asylum seekers around the world from Syria to El Salvador.
October 25, 2016—With the season of giving and gratitude about to enter into full swing, we asked members in our November Washington Lawyer what causes were close to their hearts. D.C. Bar member Katherine Britton talks about her work with diabetes and related issues.
October 21, 2016—With the season of giving and gratitude about to enter into full swing, we asked D.C. Bar member David J. Marshall what cause was important to him.
October 20, 2016—The District of Columbia Superior Court Rules Committee recently completed their review of proposed amendments to Superior Court Rules of Civil Procedure 1 through 86-I. The Rules Committee will recommend approval of the amendments to the Superior Court Board of Judges, after consideration of comments from the Bar and the general public.
October 19, 2016—The District of Columbia Court of Appeals (DCCA), in collaboration with the D.C. Bar), is pleased to announce the launch of first phase of an online application process for applicants to the D.C. Bar.
October 19, 2016—The must-have resource for every D.C. practitioner is a two-volume, soft cover treatise covering the basics of law in the District. This comprehensive publication brings together the collective knowledge of hundreds of experienced practitioners in 34 chapters.
October 19, 2016—Litigators offer 11 tips for making the best case.
October 18, 2016—The debates, the obsequious surrogates, the self-important interviews, allegedly scientific predictions, electioneering, and useless polls will intensify as we approach November 8, 2016. Out of all of this, however, the only vote that matters is the vote of the Electoral College, and the only number that counts is 270, the number of electoral votes necessary to elect a president.
October 17, 2016—With recent upheavals around the world, from Brexit to civil unrest in Turkey to the terror attacks in France, we asked attorneys abroad how their practice has changed, and what they foresee as possible impact of developments in the international scene.
October 14, 2016—In the October Washington Lawyer, we asked government attorneys what they found to be the most rewarding part of their job. Rachel Rosenthal of the U.S. Department of Energy offered her thoughts.
October 14, 2016—The way we practice law is changing, from the technologies we use to where we set up shop. Newer to the scene are offices on demand. If you’re considering this option for your workspace, check out these tips and experiences from practitioners in the know.
October 13, 2016—Cartoon smiley faces, clappy hands, eggplant . . . it's not just for Facebook anymore. Emojis, those cute little characters you find on your cell phone and social media apps, could be part of your next lawsuit.
October 12, 2016—How much time off should a person get after having a child? What is the employer responsibility? These questions have been making headlines all year, with jurisdictions grappling if and how to update their laws.
October 11, 2016—Lawyers want to start getting smart about data encryption? Sensei Enterprises, a digital forensics company, gives you a quick start action plan.
October 6, 2016—This is the fourth in an education series about how the District of Columbia could become a national model for improving low-achieving schools under a new federal law, the Every Student Succeeds Act. Author Gary Ratner offers his recommendations on implementing ESSA for two D.C. entities.
October 4, 2016—Fastcase, a free D.C. Bar member benefit, released a quick reference guide to help you during your legal research. Want to know how to find a case by party name or generate a list of cases that cite the one you're viewing? This guide provides the 101.
September 28, 2016—Captain Micah W. Elggren serves as an attorney in the Aviation and Admiralty Law Branch of the Claims and Tort Litigation Division, Air Force Legal Operations Agency, Joint Base Andrews, Maryland
September 27, 2016—In 2011, Washington Lawyer profiled attorney Mike Heyl's quest to run a marathon on every continent. More than five years later, he's still pounding the pavement, finding ways to fit fitness into his routine while maintaining his busy practice as a partner at Hogan Lovells.
September 27, 2016—Whether on a company, in school, or at the state level, people are trying to navigate transgender bathroom laws. On October 18 employment law experts Shelby Skeabeck of Shawe Rosenthal LLP and Michael Vogelsang of the Employment Law Group, P.C. will discuss this hot-button issue at the D.C. Bar Continuing Legal Education Program's annual "Changing Currents in Employment Law" course.
September 26, 2016—Did you know in 1927, Chicago William Hale Thompson held a debate with caged rats? With the U.S. elections around the corner, let's travel around the world and check out other interesting voting facts and laws in the books.
September 23, 2016—Addressing a packed auditorium of first-year Georgetown University Law Center students on the evening of September 7, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg reflected on her 23 years of friendship with the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
September 16, 2016—This is the third in an education series about how the District of Columbia could become a national model for improving low-achieving schools under a new federal law, the Every Student Succeeds Act.
September 15, 2016—The D.C. Bar recently spoke with Marna S. Tucker, the first woman president of the D.C. Bar (1984–85), about her reaction to the ABA's revised Model Rule 8.4, which specifically prohibits conduct a lawyer knows or reasonably should know is harassment or discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex, disability, LGBTQ status, and other factors.
September 12, 2016—Are voter ID laws commonsense reforms needed to prevent voter fraud, or are they cynical stratagems intended to disenfranchise minority voters?
September 9, 2016—September 8 marked the 50th anniversary of the cult phenomenon Star Trek. Legal Ethics counsel Saul Jay Singer explores worker's compensation and confidentiality issues for Trekkies and non-Trekkies alike.
September 7, 2016—This is the second in an education series about how the District of Columbia could become a national model for improving low-achieving schools under a new federal law, the Every Student Succeeds Act.
September 2, 2016—Michael Roberts, founding executive director of the Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law, discusses how the growing food movement is forcing the evolution of laws around the world.
September 1, 2016—In its September issue, the Washington Lawyer asked law firm partners how they court new clients, and what considerations they make.
August 30, 2016—This is the first in an education series about how the District of Columbia could become a national model for improving low-achieving schools under a new law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
August 29, 2016—In its September issue, the Washington Lawyer examines the intersection of food and law. In it, Sean Morris of Morris Law Firm LLC cites the four relationships that restaurant business owners need to consider. Morris discusses those relationships further below.
August 18, 2016—David Cole, ACLU's new legal director beginning in January, sat down with the D.C. Bar to talk about the biggest challenges he sees facing the ACLU.
August 17, 2016—Japan is thrown into legal turmoil as Japanese Emperor Akihito, citing his age and failing health, indicated his wish to step down from his throne.
August 5, 2016—The American Bar Association (ABA) has named the District of Columbia Bar as the 2016 recipient of its Harrison Tweed Award for the long-term excellence demonstrated by the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center in its efforts to increase access to justice.
August 3, 2016—Clients trust you with their legal cases and their money, but can they trust you with their personal data?
August 3, 2016—Starting August 8, the D.C. Court of Appeals will begin accepting documents through its new eFiling system for all existing cases. Early next year the court will mandate electronic filing for all but self-represented parties.
August 2, 2016—D.C. Bar members made their way to Chevy Chase, MD, for the 5th stop of the D.C. BARometer tour.
August 1, 2016—D.C. BARometer headed to Chicago to listen to D.C. Bar members and hear about what they need to boost their careers.
July 26, 2016—The heat is scorching, the air is thick, and sweat is pouring as most of the country deals with record-high temperatures. In extreme weather conditions, where the elderly, homeless, and low-income clients are the most vulnerable, do you have an ethical duty to ensure their safety?
July 25, 2016—Learn about some Pokémon dos and don’ts to help you best protect your secure information.
July 20, 2016—Is lifting portions of another's political speech an easy mistake to make? Or does it portent terrible things about one's character and motivations?
July 13, 2016—The practice of requiring bail has come under criticism recently as an unfair system that disproportionally affects low-income defendants.
July 7, 2016—The D.C. Council is set to vote on July 12 on the Motor Vehicle Collision Recovery Act.
June 28, 2016—The D.C. Bar recently spoke with Georgetown University Law Center global health law professor Lawrence O. Gostin about the government response to Zika and the legal issues that arise when dealing with public health crises.
June 27, 2016—On June 22 the D.C. BARometer tour stepped out of the District boundaries and headed over the Potomac River to Arlington, Virginia. The event brought out great discussions among members and the our leadership on the role of the Bar.
June 27, 2016—As EU leaders assess the geopolitical implications of the so-called "Brexit," they also enter uncharted legal territory. Three short-term legal consequences loom the largest as the Brexit's fallout takes shape.
June 25, 2016—The D.C. Bar Board of Governors has approved a series of recommendations to better address the needs of its members, expand opportunities for members to network here and abroad, and increase professional development offerings around the practice of international law. The Board also approved a recommendation to conduct ongoing study of developments in the areas of alternative business structures (ABS) and multi-disciplinary practice (MDP).
June 23, 2016—By most definitions of success, Michael* hit the marks. A law firm partner who had gone to an Ivy League law school, a father of four who taught Sunday school at his church, a successful litigator with big-name clients—the lawyer, today 54, looked in many ways like a walking example of the American dream. There was just one problem. Michael was an active alcoholic.
June 21, 2016—Since 1974 Bread for the City has been providing services for low-income residents in the District of Columbia in five core areas—food, clothing, medical care, legal help, and social services. In recent years, as the District's economic landscape has undergone a dramatic transformation, leaders at Bread for the City have identified a need for a sixth core program focused on advocacy.
June 17, 2016—The District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission has designated Judge Robert E. Morin to serve as Chief Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Judge Morin will assume the office on October 1, 2016.
June 14, 2016—For the past decade Jeffrey M. Sherman, a solo practitioner specializing in creditors' rights and bankruptcy issues, has put his legal expertise to pro bono use by participating in the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center's Bankruptcy Clinic.
June 13, 2016—From New York City to Miami. After a successful first stop in the Big Apple, the D.C. Bar traveled to Miami on June 9 for D.C. BARometer, a member connection forum and networking event aimed to gather insights from members outside D.C.
June 13, 2016—For the past 35 years, Community of Hope has been serving clients in the District of Columbia with health care and housing, significantly expanding its work in the last decade in part due to its deliberate effort to move its operations to Wards 7 and 8, the District's poorest neighborhoods.
June 11, 2016—The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center is leading an effort to explore how gentrification in the District of Columbia is affecting nonprofit organizations serving the city's neighborhoods.
June 10, 2016—On June 8 the D.C. Bar headed to New York City to connect with members beyond the beltway. New York City was the first of 10 stops for D.C. BARometer, a member connection forum and networking event aimed to gather insights from members outside of Washington, D.C.
June 8, 2016—On June 6 the D.C. Bar broke ground on its new home at 901 4th Street NW in the vibrant Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood.
June 8, 2016—On June 15 the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center Strategic Assessment Task Force will be honored as a co-recipient of this year's Frederick B. Abramson Award for its significant undertaking in 2015: conducting a comprehensive evaluation of the Pro Bono Center's programming and laying down the roadmap for its future initiatives.
June 6, 2016—The District of Columbia Bar is celebrating the groundbreaking of its new headquarters at 901 4th St., NW, in the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood in front of local officials, dignitaries, and D.C. Bar leadership.
June 3, 2016—Get a preview of the the D.C. Bar Sections Office's program "So You Want to Go In-House" on June 21 with five key strategies for a successful interview.
May 17, 2016—With National Bike to Work Day gearing up on May 20, what do you need to know if you get into an accident?
May 13, 2016—Get the highlights from Practice 360º, including advice from experts on everything from data security to creating an effortless customer experience.
May 9, 2016—You're about to hang out your shingle, but are you ready to run and sustain your practice? Whether you are recently barred or have considerable experience under your belt, one thing is clear: excellent billing practices are key to attracting (and keeping) clients and getting paid.
April 15, 2016—Michael Sohn, an attorney at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, discusses his time working with Judge Garlandat Arnold & Porter LLP. The two also have personal ties—Judge Garland officiated Sohn's wedding.
March 31, 2016—James Sandman, president of the Legal Services Corporation and former president of the D.C. Bar, speaks of his experiences working alongside Garland. Both practiced at Arnold & Porter LLP, and Sandman currently chairs the D.C. Circuit Judicial Conference Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services.
March 30, 2016—On whether Garland should serve on the Supreme Court, Jamie Gorelick, past president of the D.C. Bar and a former colleague of Garland at the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of the Deputy Attorney General, is direct: "This should be an easy one."
March 29, 2016—Pursuant to an order of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, Rules II, III, and XV of the D.C. Court of Appeals Rules Governing the Bar have been amended effective January 31.
March 17, 2016—Avis E. Buchanan, director of the Public Defender Service (PDS) for the District of Columbia, has been honored with the D.C. Bar's 2016 Thurgood Marshall Award for her exceptional commitment to pursuing equal justice for all Americans.
March 17, 2016—The D.C. Bar has named Mary E. McLeod as the 2016 recipient of its Beatrice Rosenberg Award for Excellence in Government Service for her commitment to public service throughout her nearly 40-year career at the U.S. Department of State.
March 4, 2016—On February 9 the District of Columbia Court of Appeals amended Rule XII of the D.C. Court of Appeals Rules Governing the Bar to eliminate delays faced by some claimants in getting reimbursement from the Clients' Security Trust Fund for a loss resulting from dishonest conduct by a member of the D.C. Bar. The amendments take effect March 11.
February 9, 2016—The D.C. Court of Appeals has adopted an amendment to Rule XI of the Court of Appeals Rules Governing the Bar, as proposed by the Bar’s Board of Governors. The amendment takes effect March 1.
February 4, 2016—The District of Columbia Court of Appeals has adopted proposed amendments, with two exceptions, to D.C. Court of Appeals Rule 46, which governs admission to the D.C. Bar. The proposed amendments take effect March 1.
January 31, 2016—Effective January 31, the Rules Governing the District of Columbia Bar have been amended throughout to make them gender neutral.
January 5, 2016—The D.C. Bar's partnership with Fastcase continues to get even better. Bar members now have exclusive access to substantive, practical content not available to other bar associations' Fastcase programs
December 22, 2015—On December 22 the District of Columbia Court of Appeals approved a new dues ceiling, or maximum authorized dues rate level, for the D.C. Bar as recommended by the Bar’s Board of Governors.
October 20, 2015—The District of Columbia Court of Appeals is calling for written comments regarding a proposal submitted by the D.C. Bar Board of Governors to amend Rules II, III, and XV of the D.C. Court of Appeals Rules Governing the Bar.
October 16, 2015—The District of Columbia Court of Appeals has amended the D.C. Rules of Professional Conduct to include revisions to Rules 1.10 and 7.1 and the comments to those rules, and the addition of a new comment to Rule 1.15. The amended Rules are effective immediately.
September 21, 2015—More than 100 D.C. Bar members came together on September 10 to connect and network at the Sections Connect Reception.
August 31, 2015—The D.C. Bar has expanded its partnership with Fastcase, offering Bar members even better legal research access as a member benefit. From being able to access only D.C. law library in the past, active and judicial Bar members will now have full nationwide subscription to Fastcase.
August 10, 2015—On August 5 the Superior Court of the District of Columbia issued Rule Promulgation Order 15-02 amending Superior Court Rules of Civil Procedure 16, 26, 33, 34, 36, 37, and 45.
June 26, 2015—On June 22 the District of Columbia Court of Appeals announced that individuals taking the July 2015 Bar Examination will be allowed to use laptop computers during the essay portion of the test.
June 22, 2015—The American Bar Association Standing Committee on Professionalism has recognized the D.C. Bar Practice Management Advisory Service with the E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Award for its “Successful Small Firm Practice Course.”
June 18, 2015—As a result of an in-depth strategic planning effort, the D.C. Bar has announced a new name for its highly expansive pro bono activities: the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center. The new name, which was approved on June 9 and announced during the Bar’s yearend celebration on June 16, was selected to more fully capture the breadth and depth of the Center’s impact.
June 16, 2015—On June 10 the D.C. Court of Appeals vacated Administrative Order 2-15, which required counsel to provide an e-mail address and cell phone number in all pleadings.
June 11, 2015—On June 9 the D.C. Bar Board of Governors approved a set of priorities and objectives proposed by the Strategic Planning Committee charged with developing D.C. Bar 2020, the organization’s new strategic plan for the next five years.
May 28, 2015—The District of Columbia Court of Appeals has issued an order requiring counsel to provide an e-mail address and cell phone number in all pleadings.
May 6, 2015—On May 1 the District of Columbia Court of Appeals released an order, effective immediately, amending Rule 46 (b)(8)(v), which addresses the procedures for administering the bar exam.
April 1, 2015—On March 3 the Superior Court of the District of Columbia issued Rule Promulgation Order 15-01 amending Rule 52 of the Superior Court Rules Governing Domestic Relations Proceedings.
March 4, 2015—In February the D.C. Bar Legal Ethics Committee published Opinion 368, "Lawyer Employment Agreements—Restrictions on Departing Lawyer Who Competes With Former Firm."
February 23, 2015—The Superior Court of the District of Columbia has issued an administrative order mandating the eFiling of complaints in certain types of cases within the Civil Division starting on May 4.
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 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.
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 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.
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.