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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 20, 2015—On May 28 grab your smartphones, tablets, and laptops for the program “Hot Apps and Tech for the Modern Lawyer” and learn about some of the best technology available for you and your practice.
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 13, 2015—Cutting-edge issues unique to the administration of water in the eastern United States will be the focus of a May 20 panel discussion titled “Eastern Water Resources: Planning for When the Well Runs Dry.”
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 4, 2015—The District of Columbia Courts has announced a magistrate judge vacancy in the Office of the Magistrate Judges in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The deadline to submit an application is July 1.
May 3, 2015—On May 27 plan to get up from your desk and out of the office for an hour-long "Yoga for Lawyers" session, hosted by the D.C. Bar Sections Office.
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 24, 2015—Promoting a culture of service for low-income residents and helping individual lawyers and law firms thrive in challenging economic times are goals of both candidates standing for president-elect of the D.C. Bar.
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 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 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 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.
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 sections@dcbar.org.
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 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 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.”
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.
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.
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.