March 30, 2015—Contract attorneys are increasingly crucial to the legal profession in the District of Columbia. As the practice of using contract attorneys continues to grow, some contract lawyers find themselves restless in their work and longing for stable careers.
March 26, 2015—The D.C. Bar Rules of Professional Conduct Review Committee (committee) is currently soliciting public comment from members of the Bar on its final draft report and recommendation to amend D.C. Rules of Professional Conduct 1.2 (Scope of Representation). Comments are due by close of business on Monday, April 13, 2015.
March 25, 2015—The D.C. Bar has named Daniel L. Koffsky, a career deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice, as the 2015 recipient of its Beatrice Rosenberg Award for Excellence in Government Service for his contributions to the legal profession and his dedication to public service.
March 25, 2015—The D.C. Bar has named James J. Sandman, president of the Legal Services Corporation, as the 2015 recipient of its William J. Brennan Jr. Award for his commitment in pursuing equal justice and opportunity for all Americans.
March 19, 2015—On March 11 the D.C. Bar Foundation announced that it awarded more than $3.8 million in Access to Justice Grants to 24 projects that provide direct civil legal services to low-income residents of the District of Columbia.
March 17, 2015—The Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia has named Judith A. Scott, general counsel for the Service Employees International Union, its 2015 Woman of the Year.
March 9, 2015—The D.C. Bar Nominations Committee has selected Laura Possessky, a partner at Gura & Possessky, PLLC, and Annamaria Steward, associate dean of students at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) David A. Clarke School of Law, as candidates for D.C. Bar president-elect for the 2015–2016 term.
March 8, 2015—The D.C. Bar is seeking nominations for outstanding projects and contributions by Bar members that will be recognized at the 2015 Celebration of Leadership: The D.C. Bar Awards Dinner and Annual Meeting. The deadline for submissions is March 27.
March 5, 2015—Spring training isn’t just for baseball. The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program has released its spring training schedule with sessions that aim to prepare Washington, D.C.-area attorneys and attorney–paralegal teams to take on pro bono representation in the District.
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."
March 4, 2015—The District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission has recommended to President Obama three candidates for a vacancy on the D.C. Superior Court created by the retirement of Judge Herbert B. Dixon Jr.
February 27, 2015—On February 13, G. Michael Harvey was sworn in as magistrate judge for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia by Chief Judge Richard W. Roberts.
February 25, 2015—On March 21 the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and the D.C. Bar Litigation Section will host the 16th annual Youth Law Fair, focusing on racial profiling and building positive relationships with law enforcement.
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.
February 18, 2015—On February 12 the Superior Court of the District of Columbia issued two administrative orders re-establishing the Probate Fiduciary Panel, a list of attorneys the court can appoint as guardians, conservators, and other participants in Probate Division proceedings.
February 4, 2015—Mayor Muriel Bowser has appointed Mark H. Tuohey, a prominent defense attorney and former D.C. Bar president, as the first director of the Mayor’s Office of Legal Counsel.
February 3, 2015—The District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission is calling for comments on the fitness of 19 applicants for a pending vacancy on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia created by the retirement of Judge Herbert B. Dixon Jr. The deadline for all comments is February 13.
February 2, 2015—Kathryn M. Doan, executive director of the Capital Area Immigrants' Rights (CAIR) Coalition, is the 2015 recipient of the District of Columbia Bar Foundation’s Jerrold Scoutt Prize.
January 29, 2015—The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia is seeking comments from members of the bar and the public on the reappointment of Magistrate Judge Alan Kay, whose current term is set to expire on September 9.
January 23, 2015—On January 22 Amit Mehta was sworn in as a federal district judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by Chief Judge Richard W. Roberts.
January 22, 2015—The Bar is seeking candidates for appointment this spring to the Attorney/Client Arbitration Board, Clients’ Security Fund, Judicial Evaluation Committee, Legal Ethics Committee, and Board on Professional Responsibility (BPR) of the D.C. Court of Appeals. The deadline to apply for these vacancies is March 13, 2015.
January 21, 2015—On December 23 Randolph Moss was sworn in as a federal district judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by Chief Judge Richard W. Roberts.
January 20, 2015—The District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission, which oversees the selection process for candidates for judicial vacancies in the District of Columbia Courts, is seeking a new executive director.
January 15, 2015—Now that the new D.C. government officially has taken office, join the D.C. Bar’s District of Columbia Affairs Section on January 29 for a reception honoring the newly elected officials.
December 18, 2014—On December 16 the U.S. Senate confirmed the appointment of John C. Cruden as assistant attorney general for the Environment and Natural Resources Division at the U.S. Department of Justice.
December 9, 2014—Members of the D.C. Bar Family Law Section will be a little warmer this winter. For a short time, the section will offer a free, limited edition coffee mug to any member who requests one. To get yours while supplies last, send an e-mail to email@example.com.
December 1, 2014—In matters of housing, family, public benefits, and many other areas of law, the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program achieves results that transform lives and makes our legal system work for residents of the District who cannot afford a lawyer. The Pro Bono Committee invites you to support these efforts with a generous year-end contribution.
November 25, 2014—Now you can really shop with a smile. AmazonSmile has named the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program as an affiliate just in time for the holidays.
November 24, 2014—The D.C. Bar is calling for nominations for its 2015 Beatrice Rosenberg Award for Excellence in Government Service and its 2015 William J. Brennan Jr. Award.
November 21, 2014—On November 18 Attorney General-Elect Karl A. Racine appointed Pauline A. Schneider, special counsel at Ballard Spahr LLP and a former D.C. Bar president, and Natalie O. Ludaway, managing member at Leftwich & Ludaway LLC, as cochairs of the District of Columbia attorney general-elect’s transition team.
November 14, 2014—The Judicial Nomination Commission published the third annual update of the report of commission recommendations made to the president of the United States, presidential appointments to the District of Columbia courts, and the commission’s designations of the chief judges for those courts.
November 6, 2014—The Superior Court of the District of Columbia has issued an administrative order detailing additions to the Family Court Attorney Panels.
November 5, 2014—Residents of the District of Columbia voted for an attorney general for the first time on November 4, electing Karl Racine.
October 31, 2014—The Civil Division of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia has released a 20-page handbook for self-represented civil litigants.
October 27, 2014—The Child Support Services Division of the District of Columbia Attorney General’s Office was awarded a $150,000 grant from the federal Administration for Children and Families of the Department of Health and Human Services.
October 24, 2014—On October 22 the District of Columbia Court of Appeals issued an order amending the Rules of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals (D.C. App. Rule 46 (b)(8)(i)(A)).
October 22, 2014—Take a short walk down any Washington, D.C., street. Diversity abounds. A family originally from China. A little boy from Togo. A couple who moved from Mexico. In just 12 years, from 2000 to 2012, the number of immigrants in the District grew 22.7 percent, increasing the need for legal services providers serving that population.
October 17, 2014—The Committee on the Selection and Tenure of Magistrate Judges is asking the legal community and the public for comments regarding the performances of Magistrate Judges Rainey R. Brandt, Gretchen N. Rohr, and Kenia Seoane-Lopez.
October 17, 2014—The results from the July 2014 District of Columbia Bar Examination are in. The list contains the names of 103 successful applicants of the exam, which were administered on July 29 and 30 to 262 applicants.
October 8, 2014—On October 2 the District of Columbia Court of Appeals released an order amending the Rules of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals (D.C. App. R. 48) concerning the limited practice of law by law students, and Rule XI, Section 1 (a), of the Rules Governing the D.C. Bar, which defines the disciplinary jurisdiction of the court.
September 29, 2014—With the annual launch of the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), federal government employees have an opportunity to join the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program in its continued work to improve access to justice.
September 24, 2014—In this year’s Harold Leventhal Lecture on September 12, Stevens discussed recent Supreme Court cases on campaign finance and what he believed the justices missed in crafting their decisions.
September 23, 2014—Adrienne Noti, a former managing attorney for family law with the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program, has been appointed as a magistrate judge on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.
September 23, 2014—The District of Columbia Practice Manual, 2014 Edition is now for sale. Visit the D.C. Bar’s Marketplace to get this must-have resource for every D.C. practitioner.
September 15, 2014—The Historical Society of the District of Columbia Circuit has made available for online viewing 13 videos of their programs and re-enactments. The videos contain discussions and analysis of important issues and decisions from the two courts in the D.C. Circuit.
August 27, 2014—The Committee on the Selection and Tenure of Magistrate Judges has recommended Diane Lepley, Shelly Ava Mulkey, and Adrienne Noti as candidates to fill the judicial vacancy on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia created by the retirement of Magistrate Judge Andrea L. Harnett.
August 22, 2014—District of Columbia Court of Appeals Senior Judge Frank E. Schwelb died at Georgetown University Hospital on August 13. He was 82 years old.
August 19, 2014—The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program has received its sixth consecutive four-star rating from Charity Navigator, the country’s leading evaluator of charitable organizations, for its sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency.
August 6, 2014—On August 5 the Superior Court of the District of Columbia released an administrative order issuing a Probate Division Case Management Plan.
July 31, 2014—Court representatives from the Civil Actions Branch, Landlord and Tenant Branch, Small Claims Branch, and Quality Review Branch will be available to answer questions in real time from the public concerning civil cases, although representatives will not provide legal advice.
July 31, 2014—During 2013 the 61 law firms in the District of Columbia that participate in the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Initiative contributed a total of 880,145 pro bono hours among 10,020 full-time equivalent attorneys, with each attorney contributing an average of 88 hours.
July 24, 2014—On July 16 the District of Columbia Court of Appeals issued an order amending the Rules of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals (D.C. App. Rule 49).
July 9, 2014—The Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation and Hogan Lovells hosted a screening of the award-winning documentary Witness: The Legacy of Heart Mountain on May 12 in honor of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month.
July 1, 2014—On June 16 the Superior Court of the District of Columbia issued an administrative order allowing temporary, limited-scope representation throughout the court.
June 30, 2014—The Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA) has selected the D.C. Bar Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Program as the recipient of its Award of Professional Excellence in the best program category for the course “Objection! Objection! Making and Responding to Objections.”
June 23, 2014—The D.C. Bar Foundation has awarded $600,000 in legal services grants in support of 20 civil legal services providers in the District of Columbia that serve low-income, underrepresented District residents.
June 18, 2014—On June 17 the 22nd annual Presidents’ Reception was held welcoming Brigida Benitez as the Bar’s 43rd president and benefiting the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program.
June 18, 2014—On June 17 Brigida Benitez, a partner at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, was sworn in as the 43rd president of the D.C. Bar during its 2014 Celebration of Leadership. The evening’s events also included the presentation of awards to distinguished individuals and programs in the legal community.
June 12, 2014—On June 10 the D.C. Bar Board of Governors voted to elect Rodney J. Bosco, director of Gnarus Advisors LLC, to fill its nonlawyer board vacancy for a three-year term beginning July 1.
June 12, 2014—On June 17 the District of Columbia Court of Appeals will take part in a pilot project where it will stream live video of an oral argument, marking the first time the court will offer coverage of cases using this technology.
June 3, 2014—On March 18 Chief Judge Lee F. Satterfield of the D.C. Superior Court appointed Associate Judge Russell F. Canan as chair of the court’s Committee on the Selection and Tenure of Magistrate Judges.
June 2, 2014—The D.C. Bar’s 20 sections have elected new members to serve on their respective steering committees.
May 30, 2014—Timothy K. Webster, a partner at Sidley Austin LLP, has been elected president-elect of the D.C. Bar for the 2014–15 term.
May 29, 2014—On May 23 the Superior Court of the District of Columbia issued an order reestablishing the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panel of attorneys.
May 27, 2014—The next opportunity to fulfill your Mandatory Course requirement is coming up on June 10. Sign up today.
May 20, 2014—On May 1 volunteer mediators and arbitrators gathered at Brasserie Beck for the annual Attorney/Client Arbitration Board (ACAB) Volunteer Arbitrator and Mediator Appreciation Reception.
May 5, 2014—The Court of Appeals has waived the late registration fee for some bar exam applicants.
April 25, 2014—The D.C. Bar’s proposed 2014–2015 budget, as recommended by the Budget Committee, was approved by the Board of Governors at its April 8 meeting.
April 7, 2014—The D.C. Bar has selected Brooksley Born as the next recipient of its 2014 Thurgood Marshall Award, presented biennially to an individual who has shown a strong commitment to and excellence in the fields of civil rights and individual liberties.
March 14, 2014—Only 17 percent of equity partners at the nation’s 200 largest law firms are women, according to the eighth annual Survey on Retention and Promotion of Women in Law Firms released in February.
March 7, 2014—The D.C. Bar has named Colonel Tonya Hagmaier, director of Civil Law and Litigation for the United States Air Force, as the 2014 recipient of its Beatrice Rosenberg Award for Excellence in Government Service for her contributions to the legal profession and her dedication to public service.
February 24, 2014—The Board of Judges of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia approved a resolution to delete Superior Court Rule of Criminal Procedure 120 (SCR-Criminal 120), which outlines the process for mental examinations of defendants.
February 3, 2014—From 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, the Family Court Self-Help Center at the D.C. Superior Court is bustling with customers. Most are sitting down to talk with a staff or attorney volunteer at the center as the volunteer drafts their pleading; other unrepresented litigants are tapping away at the free computers available at the center.