September 2, 2014—D.C. Bar members whose Bar dues and/or late fee, if applicable, are not received or postmarked by September 30 automatically will be suspended administratively for nonpayment and subject to additional reinstatement fees.
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 22, 2014—To celebrate Pro Bono Week, the D.C. Bar Foundation’s Young Lawyers Network will host its second annual Go Formal for Justice Gala on October 18.
August 21, 2014—The D.C. Bar Foundation is seeking qualified applicants for its Young Lawyers Network (YLN) Leadership Council to help the foundation further its access to justice efforts in the community. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on August 29.
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 September 12 retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens will deliver the 2014 Harold Leventhal Lecture, an annual event sponsored by the D.C. Bar Administrative Law and Agency Practice Section.
August 6, 2014—On August 5 the Superior Court of the District of Columbia released an administrative order issuing a Probate Division Case Management Plan.
August 4, 2014—The D.C. Bar Board of Governors is seeking candidates for appointment in the fall to various committees. The deadline for submitting application materials is Friday, September 5.
August 1, 2014—The District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission has recommended Philip Christopher Andonian, Robert Alan Salerno, and Darlene Michele Soltys to fill the vacancy on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia created by the retirement of Judge Robert I. Richter.
July 31, 2014—Court representatives from the Civil Actions Branch, Landlord and Tenant Branch, Small Claims Branch, and Quality Review Branch will be available to answer questions in real time from the public concerning civil cases, although representatives will not provide legal advice.
July 31, 2014—During 2013 the 61 law firms in the District of Columbia that participate in the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Initiative contributed a total of 880,145 pro bono hours among 10,020 full-time equivalent attorneys, with each attorney contributing an average of 88 hours.
July 24, 2014—On July 16 the District of Columbia Court of Appeals issued an order amending the Rules of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals (D.C. App. Rule 49).
July 21, 2014—The Superior Court of the District of Columbia’s Committee on the Selection and Tenure of Magistrate Judges is seeking comments on 28 applicants vying for a pending vacancy on the court.
July 16, 2014—Want to be the first to know about the District of Columbia Practice Manual, 2014 Edition? Contact us today to get pricing and a release date for this must-have resource for every D.C. practitioner.
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.
July 1, 2014—Dues not received or postmarked by July 15 will be assessed a late fee of $30. Members whose Bar dues and/or late fee, if applicable, are not received or postmarked by September 30 automatically will be suspended for nonpayment.
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 11, 2014—Three magistrate judges of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia have announced their candidacy for reappointment. The terms of Magistrate Judges Julie R. Breslow, Tara J. Fentress, and Karen Aileen Howze are set to expire on September 11.
June 9, 2014—On June 4 the District of Columbia Court of Appeals overturned a D.C. Superior Court ruling in February that upheld the D.C. Council’s authority to postpone the District’s first attorney general election to 2018.
June 5, 2014—The District of Columbia Courts is seeking candidates for an anticipated vacancy in the Office of the Magistrate Judges in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Applications are due by close of business July 11.
June 3, 2014—The District of Columbia Court of Appeals is accepting applications for its Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panel.
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.
June 2, 2014—Starting, managing, and growing a small law firm in the District of Columbia is a difficult task, but the D.C. Bar’s “Successful Small Firm Practice” program lays the groundwork.
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 21, 2014—The District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission is calling for comments by June 20 regarding the fitness of 19 applicants for the pending vacancy on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia created by the retirement of Judge Robert I. Richter.
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.
May 2, 2014—The D.C. Bar has announced the recipients of its 2014 annual awards whose achievements and exceptional projects in the past year will be honored at its Celebration of Leadership on June 17.
April 30, 2014—On April 5 students from several District of Columbia law schools gathered at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) David A. Clarke School of Law to participate in the D.C. Bar District of Columbia Affairs Section’s first-ever D.C. Cup Moot Court Competition.
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.
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.
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—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.
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.
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.
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.