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April 28, 2016—The deadline to apply for a trustee vacancy on the Clients' Security Fund has been extended to April 29. The term begins October 1, 2016.
April 28, 2016—Last week, we asked you to vote in our poll. Should marijuana be legalized? Here are the results.
April 28, 2016—During a forum held at the D.C. Bar on April 27, the candidates running for D.C. Bar president-elect shared the initiatives they would focus on if elected.
April 27, 2016—Each year, on the fourth Thursday of April, we celebrate Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, offering children a first-hand look at various workplaces and professions. Here are some tips on making this day successful both for you and your children.
April 20, 2016—As of 4/20, 24 states have legalized medical marijuana. Of those 24 states, Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington state, as well as the District of Columbia, have legalized the recreational use of marijuana. Should marijuana be legalized?
April 15, 2016—Michael Sohn, an attorney at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, discusses his time working with Judge Garlandat Arnold & Porter LLP. The two also have personal ties—Judge Garland officiated Sohn's wedding.
April 12, 2016—New amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure took effect in December, significantly changing discovery and pretrial practice. On April 27 join the D.C. Bar Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Program for its course "Applying the New Federal Rules and Related E-Discovery Technology in Your Practice" to understand the new standards for "relevant" and "proportional" discovery.
April 6, 2016—The District of Columbia Court of Appeals is seeking applicants for vacancies on its Committee on Unauthorized Practice of Law (CUPL) for a three-year term, which can be renewed. Applications are due Monday, April 25.
April 3, 2016—On June 8, 2015, Alfred Dewayne Brown walked out of a Texas prison a free man after spending more than a dozen years behind bars for the 2003 killing of a police officer and a cashier during a botched robbery.
April 2, 2016—The D.C. Bar's second Practice 360° | A Day for Lawyers & Law Firms is quickly approaching. Register now!
March 31, 2016—James Sandman, president of the Legal Services Corporation and former president of the D.C. Bar, speaks of his experiences working alongside Garland. Both practiced at Arnold & Porter LLP, and Sandman currently chairs the D.C. Circuit Judicial Conference Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services.
March 30, 2016—On whether Garland should serve on the Supreme Court, Jamie Gorelick, past president of the D.C. Bar and a former colleague of Garland at the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of the Deputy Attorney General, is direct: "This should be an easy one."
March 29, 2016—Pursuant to an order of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, Rules II, III, and XV of the D.C. Court of Appeals Rules Governing the Bar have been amended effective January 31.
March 28, 2016—Check out the top five Youth Law Fair moments.
March 18, 2016—Are you a younger lawyer interested in helping the D.C. Bar Foundation further its goal of enhancing access to justice in the District of Columbia? The Foundation's Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council is seeking applicants who wish to serve as ambassadors to help promote the Foundation's mission and programs.
March 17, 2016—Avis E. Buchanan, director of the Public Defender Service (PDS) for the District of Columbia, has been honored with the D.C. Bar's 2016 Thurgood Marshall Award for her exceptional commitment to pursuing equal justice for all Americans.
March 17, 2016—The D.C. Bar has named Mary E. McLeod as the 2016 recipient of its Beatrice Rosenberg Award for Excellence in Government Service for her commitment to public service throughout her nearly 40-year career at the U.S. Department of State.
March 16, 2016—Get a quick rundown of some interesting facts about our potential new Supreme Court justice Merrick Garland.
March 9, 2016—On March 4 The George Washington (GW) University Law School students John Lockwood and Sophia Park bested a team from Georgetown University Law Center to win the 2016 D.C. Cup Moot Court Competition.
March 7, 2016—The D.C. Bar Nominations Committee has selected Guy Collier, a partner at McDermott Will & Emery LLP, and Patrick McGlone, senior vice president, general counsel, and chief compliance officer at Ullico Inc., as candidates for D.C. Bar president-elect for the 2016–2017 term. The president-elect serves for one year before becoming president and continues in office a third year as immediate past president.
March 5, 2016—The D.C. Bar is seeking nominations for outstanding projects and contributions by Bar members, which are among the honors to be presented at the 2016 Celebration of Leadership: The D.C. Bar Awards Dinner and Annual Meeting. The deadline for submissions is March 25.
March 4, 2016—On February 9 the District of Columbia Court of Appeals amended Rule XII of the D.C. Court of Appeals Rules Governing the Bar to eliminate delays faced by some claimants in getting reimbursement from the Clients' Security Trust Fund for a loss resulting from dishonest conduct by a member of the D.C. Bar. The amendments take effect March 11.
February 29, 2016—Looking for CLE credits but can’t make a trip to D.C. Bar headquarters? Now there’s no need to leave your office! The D.C. Bar Continuing Legal Education Program is offering nine courses in March as Webinars, giving you access to substantive, cutting edge CLE content from the comfort of your own Web browser.
February 26, 2016—Starting on April 7, the D.C. Bar will offer a six-session series to help participants develop and sharpen their emotional intelligence skill set and become better lawyers.
February 25, 2016—On February 12 the Superior Court of the District of Columbia installed three magistrate judges—Rahkel Bouchet, Diane Stewart Lepley, and Shana Frost Matini—during a swearing-in ceremony at the Moultrie Courthouse.
February 24, 2016—U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. said that the Court will "deal" with an eight-justice bench during his remarks to the graduating class of Georgetown University Law Center on February 23.
February 14, 2016—D.C. Bar members offer their reactions on the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia at the age of 79.
February 10, 2016—Not all relationships last, even those in your professional career. So when it’s time to wind down your practice, what legal and ethical issues should you consider?
February 9, 2016—The D.C. Court of Appeals has adopted an amendment to Rule XI of the Court of Appeals Rules Governing the Bar, as proposed by the Bar’s Board of Governors. The amendment takes effect March 1.
February 4, 2016—The District of Columbia Court of Appeals has adopted proposed amendments, with two exceptions, to D.C. Court of Appeals Rule 46, which governs admission to the D.C. Bar. The proposed amendments take effect March 1.
February 3, 2016—The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia is seeking comments on a proposed rule regarding government disclosure of exculpatory information in criminal cases.
January 31, 2016—Effective January 31, the Rules Governing the District of Columbia Bar have been amended throughout to make them gender neutral.
January 5, 2016—The D.C. Bar's partnership with Fastcase continues to get even better. Bar members now have exclusive access to substantive, practical content not available to other bar associations' Fastcase programs
January 4, 2016—The D.C. Bar Board of Governors is accepting applications from D.C. Bar members interested in serving in various board and committee leadership roles.
January 4, 2016—The D.C. Bar sections are seeking members interested in steering committee positions for all of the Bar's sections.
December 22, 2015—On December 22 the District of Columbia Court of Appeals approved a new dues ceiling, or maximum authorized dues rate level, for the D.C. Bar as recommended by the Bar’s Board of Governors.
December 18, 2015—The District of Columbia Court of Appeals adopted proposed amendments by the D.C. Bar Board of Governors to change the title of Bar Counsel to Disciplinary Counsel. The title change is effective December 19.
December 18, 2015—The Committee on Admissions has released the names of the applicants who passed the July 2015 District of Columbia Bar Examinations.
December 1, 2015—Every day when Mrs. K* would come home, the front door of her building wouldn't open. The lock was broken and the landlord refused to fix it.
November 27, 2015—The District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission is calling for comments on the fitness of 16 applicants for a pending vacancy on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, created by the retirement of Judge Judith N. Macaluso.
November 23, 2015—The District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission has published an annual update to its historical report on the D.C. Courts.
November 11, 2015—The Pro Bono Center is recruiting volunteers for its Bankruptcy Clinic and Probate Resource Center.
November 10, 2015—The Superior Court of the District of Columbia is seeking comments on the performances of Renee P. Raymond and Sean C. Staples, two magistrate judges who have completed two years of service at the court.
November 5, 2015—The D.C. Superior Court Board of Judges has appointed Rahkel Bouchet, a principal at The Bouchet Law Firm;Diane Lepley, a private practitioner specializing in criminal and civil litigation;and Shana Frost Matini, a trial attorney at the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, as new magistrate judges on the court.
November 4, 2015—The District of Columbia Court of Appeals is seeking comments on proposed revisions to Rule XII of the D.C. Court of Appeals Rules Governing the Bar, which establishes the D.C. Clients' Security Fund.
November 4, 2015—The District of Columbia Court of Appeals is seeking comments on the proposed deletion of Section 19(f) of Rule XI of the D.C. Court of Appeals Rules Governing the Bar.
November 3, 2015—The Bar is seeking candidates for a vacancy on the District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission.
November 2, 2015—The District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission has announced a vacancy on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia created by the retirement of Judge Judith N. Macaluso.
October 30, 2015—The D.C. Bar is calling for nominations for its 2016 Beatrice Rosenberg Award for Excellence in Government Service and its 2016 Thurgood Marshall Award for excellence, commitment, and dedication in the areas of civil rights, civil liberties, and the public interest.
October 29, 2015—The District of Columbia Court of Appeals is calling for public comments on proposed amendments to D.C. Court of Appeals Rule 46, which governs admission to the District of Columbia Bar.
October 20, 2015—The District of Columbia Court of Appeals is calling for written comments regarding a proposal submitted by the D.C. Bar Board of Governors to amend Rules II, III, and XV of the D.C. Court of Appeals Rules Governing the Bar.
October 20, 2015—Are you interested in developing and sharpening your leadership skills while learning more about the D.C. Bar and its leadership opportunities? Take the next step and apply today for the 2016 John Payton Leadership Academy. Applications are due by December 4.
October 16, 2015—The District of Columbia Court of Appeals has amended the D.C. Rules of Professional Conduct to include revisions to Rules 1.10 and 7.1 and the comments to those rules, and the addition of a new comment to Rule 1.15. The amended Rules are effective immediately.
October 16, 2015—Notice is hereby given that the list published herewith contains the names of 116 successful applicants of the District of Columbia Bar Examination administered on July 28 and 29, 2015, to 296 applicants
October 8, 2015—The D.C. Bar Foundation has awarded more than $243,000 to five local legal aid organizations for four projects focused on foreclosure prevention and community redevelopment legal assistance.
October 7, 2015—On September 12 the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center held its Advice and Referral Clinic at Bread for the City's Northwest and Southeast locations, serving 105 clients.
October 4, 2015—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 28, 2015—If you're seeking a chance to meet legal professionals in a setting that's a little less chaotic and offers a lot more depth, check out the D.C. Bar's new Lunch With a Lawyer program.
September 24, 2015—The D.C. Bar is now accepting orders for its newly released District of Columbia Practice Manual, 2015 Edition, a two-volume, softcover guide covering the basics of law in the District of Columbia, available at the new price of $270.
September 24, 2015—The District of Columbia Court of Appeals Committee on Unauthorized Practice of Law is calling for comments and proposals about changes to D.C. Court of Appeals Rule 49, which governs the unauthorized practice of law in the District.
September 21, 2015—More than 100 D.C. Bar members came together on September 10 to connect and network at the Sections Connect Reception.
August 31, 2015—The D.C. Bar has expanded its partnership with Fastcase, offering Bar members even better legal research access as a member benefit. From being able to access only D.C. law library in the past, active and judicial Bar members will now have full nationwide subscription to Fastcase.
August 10, 2015—On August 5 the Superior Court of the District of Columbia issued Rule Promulgation Order 15-02 amending Superior Court Rules of Civil Procedure 16, 26, 33, 34, 36, 37, and 45.
August 1, 2015—To help provide healthy coping strategies, the D.C. Bar Lawyer Assistance Program has created a new mental health support group for Bar members who would benefit from a safe and confidential environment to share their experiences.
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.
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 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 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 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 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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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."
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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.