July 30, 2015—Most online speech may seem like harmless blabber, but could it rise to the level of criminal threats? In June the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Elonis v. United States, a case involving Facebook threats, yet many questions remain.
July 24, 2015—Read the name of the applicants who passed the February 2015 D.C. Bar exam.
July 22, 2015—The D.C. Bar Board of Governors is seeking candidates for appointment in the fall to various standing committees.
July 15, 2015—In 2014 the 61 law firms in the District of Columbia that participated in the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Initiative contributed a total of 803,520 pro bono hours among 9,676 full-time equivalent attorneys, with each attorney contributing an average of 83 hours.
July 14, 2015—The D.C. Bar Foundation has awarded $615,000 in grants to 22 organizations that provide civil legal services to underserved, low-income residents of the District of Columbia.
July 9, 2015—The D.C. Court of Appeals is seeking comments on a petition filed by the D.C. Bar Board of Governors recommending an increase in its dues ceiling to $380 to fund its projected operating expenses for at least the next five fiscal years.
July 8, 2015—On July 6 the D.C. Bar Foundation announced new leadership for the organization, including new and returning members of its board of directors.
June 30, 2015—The District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission (JNC) has issued a public notice announcing that there are 16 applicants for two pending vacancies on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.
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 26, 2015—On June 10 the D.C. Bar Foundation announced that it had awarded $13,170 to nine civil legal services lawyers in the District of Columbia.
June 24, 2015—The District of Columbia Court of Appeals is soliciting public comment on a proposed amendment to D.C. App. Rule 10 (b)(5)(B).
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 20, 2015—The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is inviting comments from members of the D.C. Bar and the public about the performance of U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Martin Teel Jr.
June 18, 2015—On June 16 outgoing Bar president Brigida Benitez passed the gavel to Timothy K. Webster, a partner at Sidley Austin LLP, as he was sworn in as the 44th president of the D.C. Bar during the 2015 Celebration of Leadership.
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 17, 2015—The District of Columbia Courts has announced two magistrate judge vacancies in the Office of the Magistrate Judges in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The deadline to submit an application is August 3.
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 16, 2015—The District of Columbia Court of Appeals is soliciting public comment on proposed amendments to the D.C. Rules of Professional Conduct that include revisions to Rules 1.10 and 7.1 and comments thereto, and the addition of a new comment to Rule 1.15.
June 15, 2015—The District of Columbia Court of Appeals is seeking comments on a proposal by the D.C. Bar to amend Rule XI of the D.C. Court of Appeals Rules Governing the Bar to change the title of Bar Counsel to Disciplinary Counsel and, in effect, to make conforming changes to other rules.
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.
June 8, 2015—For many nonprofit organizations, intellectual property assets—logos, Web sites, event names, and publications—are key to a group’s ability to build its reputation, attract public support, and raise awareness of its goals and achievements.
June 3, 2015—The Superior Court of the District of Columbia has appointed James D. McGinley, an experienced litigator and career military officer, as clerk of the Superior Court.
June 1, 2015—On June 17 the D.C. Bar Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Program will offer the new course “The Comment Process in Rulemaking Workshop: Dos and Don’ts of Effective Commenting,” teaching attorneys how to review, analyze, and incorporate comments into a final rule.
May 29, 2015—Annamaria Steward, associate dean of students at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) David A. Clarke School of Law, has been elected president-elect of the D.C. Bar for the 2015–16 term.
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 28, 2015—On June 5 the D.C. Bar Sections Office will host a brown bag program that will cover best practices new associates at law firms can follow to be successful.
May 27, 2015—The District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission (JNC) is seeking applicants for a vacancy on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia that will result from the retirement of Judge Harold L. Cushenberry Jr. on December 16.
May 27, 2015—The Superior Court of the District of Columbia held its inaugural Juror Appreciation Week on May 11 to 15, which kicked off with a Q&A with Chief Judge Lee F. Satterfield in the Jurors’ Lounge at the H. Carl Moultrie Courthouse.
May 26, 2015—D.C. Court of Appeals Chief Judge Eric T. Washington and D.C. Superior Court Chief Judge Lee F. Satterfield published the annual Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll in May, commending D.C. Bar members and other members of the legal community for their pro bono service.
May 22, 2015—Get a recap of the inaugural year of Practice 360º|A Day for Lawyers & Law Firms.
May 21, 2015—On May 7 the D.C. Bar’s volunteer arbitrators and mediators gathered for the annual Attorney/Client Arbitration Board (ACAB) Volunteer Arbitrator and Mediator Appreciation Reception.
May 15, 2015—The District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission has announced a vacancy on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. To fill this spot, the JNC welcomes applicants to submit materials by 5 p.m. on June 22.
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.
May 2, 2015—For people living paycheck to paycheck, a prolonged illness or a layoff can mean financial disaster, despite the most careful budgeting. In just six years, from 2006 to 2012, personal bankruptcy petitions increased 75 percent in the District of Columbia, many of them filed pro se.
May 1, 2015—D.C. Bar members are now able to make online annual dues payments as well as donations to the D.C. Bar Sections and D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program on the Bar's Web site.
May 1, 2015—The Committee on Admissions has released the results of the February 2015 Bar exam.
April 30, 2015—The D.C. Bar has announced the winners of its 2015 annual awards, recognizing the achievements and exceptional projects of Bar sections, pro bono attorneys, law firms, and others in the legal community in the past year.
April 28, 2015—The District of Columbia Court of Appeals has issued an administrative order waiving the $200 late filing fee for applicants who did not pass the February 2015 District of Columbia Bar examination and who wish to take the July 2015 exam.
April 23, 2015—The Superior Court of the District of Columbia is seeking comments from members of the bench, bar, and public on the reappointment of Magistrate Judges Janet E. Albert and Diana Harris Epps whose current terms will end on July 9.
April 21, 2015—Meeting the mental health challenges in the legal system was the theme of the 2015 District of Columbia Judicial and Bar Conference, which was held on April 17 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in downtown Washington, D.C.
April 17, 2015—The District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission (JNC) has appointed Katherine “Katia” L. Garrett as its executive director.
April 15, 2015—On April 14 the D.C. Bar Board of Governors approved the Bar’s proposed 2015–2016 budget as recommended by the Budget Committee.
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 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 Friday, May 8, 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 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 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 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 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.
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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.”
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.
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.