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President-Elect Candidates Discuss Qualifications, Plans at Forum

Posted: April 24, 2014 - D.C. Bar president-elect candidates Timothy K. Webster of Sidley Austin LLP and Stephen I. Glover of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP discussed their qualifications and outlined their leadership plans during a candidates’ forum on April 23 at the Bar’s headquarters.

D.C. Circuit Judicial Conference Announces Committee Vacancies

Posted: April 17, 2014 - The Judicial Conference of the District of Columbia Circuit has announced that it will be filling at least three vacancies on its Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services for three-year terms that begin on July 1.

D.C. Circuit Looking to Fill Committee Vacancies

Posted: April 16, 2014 - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has announced vacancies on two of its committees for three-year terms that begin on July 1.

D.C. Circuit Accepting Applications for Federal Public Defender

Posted: April 15, 2014 - Interested parties can now submit applications for the federal public defender position for the District of Columbia. The four-year term begins September 22, 2014.

D.C. Circuit Seeks Comments on Office of Federal Public Defender

Posted: April 15, 2014 - The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is asking for public comments regarding the performance of Federal Public Defender A. J. Kramer and his office.

Judge Richter’s Retirement Leaves Vacancy on D.C. Superior Court

Posted: April 11, 2014 - The District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission has announced a vacancy on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia due to the retirement of Judge Robert I. Richter.

Women’s Bar Program Explores Effective Rainmaking Strategies

Posted: April 9, 2014 - The Communications Law Forum of the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia will hold the program “Lessons in Rainmaking” on April 30.

Bar Hosts Reception for New Members

Posted: April 8, 2014 - The D.C. Bar Board of Governors and Membership Committee will host a reception on May 16 to welcome attorneys who have recently joined the Bar.

ASIL Holds First Joint Conference With International Law Association

Posted: April 8, 2014 - For the first time in its history, the American Society of International Law (ASIL) will hold a joint conference with the American branch of the International Law Association (ILA) from April 7 to 12.

Brooksley Born Wins Thurgood Marshall Award

Posted: April 7, 2014 - The D.C. Bar has selected Brooksley Born as the winner 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.

D.C. Bar Elections Kick Off on April 29

Posted: April 7, 2014 - The D.C. Bar annual elections will open on April 29 for positions on the Board of Governors for the 2014–2015 term, including three seats in the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association. Additionally, elections for steering committees of the Bar’s 20 sections will begin.

Course Teaches Effective Use of Summary Judgment Motions in Litigation

Posted: April 4, 2014 - A case can be won or lost at the summary judgment phase of litigation. Learn how to best leverage summary judgment motions in a case by attending the course “Summary Judgment Motions in the District of Columbia 2014,” offered by the D.C. Bar Continuing Legal Education Program on April 28.

Media to Discuss Most Talked About D.C. News

Posted: April 4, 2014 - On April 29 join some of the most seasoned members of the region’s press in a lively discussion about what’s hot in D.C. politics, government, and business.

ABA, Bar Leaders Gather in Nation’s Capital for Annual Lobbying Day

Posted: April 3, 2014 - The American Bar Association (ABA) will hold ABA Day, its annual lobbying event where ABA members can educate members of Congress on issues of importance to lawyers, in Washington, D.C., from April 8 to 10.

Washington Bar to Present Houston Medallion Award

Posted: April 3, 2014 - Washington Bar to Present Houston Medallion to Attorney Latimer

BPR Seeks Hearing Committee Members

Posted: April 2, 2014 - The Board on Professional Responsibility (BPR) of the D.C. Court of Appeals is seeking volunteers for its Hearing Committees.

Sections Office Announces Steering Committee Nominees

Posted: April 2, 2014 - Read the list of nominees running for vacancies on the steering committees of the D.C. Bar's 20 sections.

D.C. Bar Introduces New Member Benefit

Posted: April 1, 2014 - The D.C. Bar has added LawPay: Credit Card Processing as its newest member benefit, which allows members to easily accept credit and debit card payments from clients.

Pro Bono Program Offers Training on Landlord/Tenant Representation

Posted: April 1, 2014 - In May, the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program will hold a two-part training to prepare attorneys who have little or no experience in landlord–tenant matters to competently and comfortably represent pro bono clients.

Call for Comments on Proposed Amendment Affecting Internal Counsel

Posted: March 27, 2014 - The District of Columbia Court of Appeals seeks comments on a proposed amendment to D.C. App. R. 49 that would create an exception allowing internal counsel who have not been admitted to the D.C. Bar to provide pro bono legal services.

Bar Seeks Nominations for Annual Awards

Posted: March 26, 2014 - The D.C. Bar is seeking nominations for outstanding projects and contributions by Bar members that will be recognized at the 2014 Celebration of Leadership.

Course on Drafting Employee Handbooks Rescheduled for May 12

Posted: March 20, 2014 - The D.C. Bar Continuing Legal Education Program has rescheduled "Drafting Employee Handbooks" for May 12. The original course on March 17 was postponed due to inclement weather.

D.C. Bar Foundation Seeks Grant Applications

Posted: March 18, 2014 - Bar Foundation seeks applicants for grants.

D.C. Bar Foundation Makes Grants to Civil Legal Services Program

Posted: March 14, 2014 - On March 14 the D.C. Bar Foundation announced it had awarded more than $3.4 million in Access to Justice Grants in support of 20 different collaborative civil legal services projects in the District of Columbia.

New NAWL Survey: Few Women Rise to Leadership Roles at Large Firms

Posted: 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.

Budget Committee Proposes 2014–2015 Budget

Posted: March 12, 2014 - The D.C. Bar Budget Committee, chaired by President-Elect Brigida Benitez, has approved a proposed budget for the Bar’s fiscal year that begins July 1, 2014.

USAF Colonel Tonya Hagmaier Wins 2014 Rosenberg Award

Posted: 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.

Nominations Committee Announces Candidates for Bar Office

Posted: March 6, 2014 - The D.C. Bar Nominations Committee has selected Stephen I. Glover of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and Timothy K. Webster of Sidley Austin LLP as candidates for D.C. Bar president-elect for the 2014–2015 term.

Catholic Charities Legal Network’s James D. Bishop Wins 2014 Scoutt Prize

Posted: February 24, 2014 - James D. Bishop, director of the Catholic Charities Legal Network of the Archdiocese of Washington, was named the winner of the 2014 Jerrold Scoutt Prize by the District of Columbia Bar Foundation.

Rule of Criminal Procedure 120 Deleted

Posted: 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.

New Members Must Complete Practice Course

Posted: February 21, 2014 - The next opportunity to fulfill your Mandatory Course requirement is coming up on March 8. Sign up today.

Court of Appeals’ CUPL Seeks Candidates for Vacancy

Posted: February 7, 2014 - The D.C. Court of Appeals seeks applicants for a vacancy on its Committee on Unauthorized Practice of Law.

Pro Bono Program Offers Two Asylum Trainings This Spring

Posted: February 3, 2014 - The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program will offer two comprehensive trainings this spring for attorneys interested in representing asylum seekers pro bono.

New Family Law Interactive Tool Gives Clients Access to Legal Help

Posted: 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.

Attorney/Client Arbitration Board Needs Volunteer Arbitrators

Posted: February 1, 2014 - Don't pass up on a unique opportunity to get alternative dispute resolution experience and training. The D.C. Bar's Attorney/Client Arbitration Board (ACAB) is putting out a call for lawyer and non-lawyer volunteer arbitrators for its fee arbitration service.

Youth Law Fair Seeks Volunteers

Posted: January 31, 2014 - Looking for a fun, new volunteer opportunity? Want to work with today’s youth? Here’s your chance. Organizers of the 15th Annual Youth Law Fair, which takes place on March 22, is looking for volunteers to help with the day’s events in various capacities.

Bar Seeks Candidates for Committee, Board Vacancies

Posted: January 31, 2014 - The D.C. Bar Board of Governors is seeking candidates for appointment this spring to the Attorney/Client Arbitration Board, Judicial Evaluation Committee, Legal Ethics Committee, Clients’ Security Fund, and the Bar Foundation as well as to the Board on Professional Responsibility (BPR) of the D.C. Court of Appeals.

CLE Course Examines Ethical Considerations for Lawyer-Lobbyists

Posted: January 31, 2014 - On February 27 the D.C. Bar Continuing Legal Education Program will offer a course that will provide important ethics guidance to attorneys and law firms in the District of Columbia involved in lobbying activities.

Sections Elections Online Voting Opens This Spring

Posted: January 31, 2014 - The 2014 D.C. Bar section steering committee elections will be conducted primarily online, with paper ballots only available on request.

Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll Deadline Extended

Posted: January 27, 2014 - Attorneys in the District of Columbia who performed 50 hours or more of pro bono work in 2013 have until February 15 to take part in the Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll.

CLE Program Offers Introductory Course on Essential Trial Skills

Posted: January 27, 2014 - In February the D.C. Bar Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Program will offer the four-part “Essential Trial Skills Series,” a great introduction to and overview of the trial skills a lawyer must possess in the courtroom.

Pro Bono Award Renamed in Honor of Laura Rinaldi

Posted: January 24, 2014 - The D.C. Bar Board of Governors has voted to rename the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year Award in honor of Laura N. Rinaldi.

Jenner & Block’s Masters Joins Bar Foundation’s Board

Posted: January 15, 2014 - The D.C. Bar’s Board of Governors approved the appointment of Lorelie Masters to the board of directors of the D.C. Bar Foundation for a three-year term.

Judge Goldfrank Joins Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure

Posted: January 15, 2014 - The D.C. Bar’s Board of Governors appointed retired Judge Joan L. Goldfrank to the District of Columbia Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure for a six-year term.

Bar Members: Beware of Bogus Court Summons E-Mail Messages

Posted: December 30, 2013 - D.C. Bar members have reported the receipt of phony court summons notices.

D.C. Bar Foundation Names Jarratt as Executive Director

Posted: December 18, 2013 - The District of Columbia Bar Foundation's board of directors has named Kirra L. Jarratt as its new executive director. Jarratt recently served on the D.C. Bar Board of Governors.

Important Notice to the Membership About Avvo

Posted: January 1, 2013 - D.C. Bar members have inquired about the nature of the D.C. Bar’s relationship with Seattle-based Avvo, Inc., an Internet-based for-profit attorney marketing service.