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Bar Happenings

From Washington Lawyer, February 2016

By Jeffrey Leon

Illustration by Mick Wiggins17th Youth Law Fair Educates Students on D.C. Marijuana Laws

On March 19 the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and the D.C. Bar Litigation Section will host the 17th annual Youth Law Fair, a free educational event that will focus on the theme "Blunt Talk: Clearing the Haze Around D.C.'s Marijuana Laws." 

This forum brings together high school students, lawyers, judges, educators, and community leaders to explore issues facing students in the Washington metropolitan area. 

Activities include a mock trial, speak-out sessions, and courtroom and holding cell tours. Students will be guided by attorney volunteers as they present fictionalized cases during mock trials, acting as defense attorneys, prosecutors, jurors, judges, or witnesses. D.C. Superior Court judges also will be on hand to lead courtroom and holding cell tours, as well as to offer an inside look at the judicial system and established laws in the community. 

The Youth Law Fair takes place from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the H. Carl Moultrie Courthouse, 500 Indiana Avenue NW. 

For more information, contact the D.C. Bar Sections Office at 202-626-3463 or outreach@dcbar.org, or visit www.dcbar.org, keywords: Youth Law Fair (See infographic on page 56.) 

Program Lays Out Career Strategies for Attorneys on Leadership Track 

Whether you're working in a firm, in corporate, government, or other professional environments, fine-tuning your skill set, such as increasing your ability to build and advance professional relationships, is key. 

On February 17 join the D.C. Bar Sections Office for the program "On Track: Strategies for Successfully Managing Your Career and Professional Relationships" to learn how to work effectively with team members and position yourself for partnership or senior management role. 

The session will cover elements such as providing and handling feedback, mentorship, understanding your profitability in the workplace, and managing expectations and relationships with other attorneys and leadership.

Lyzette M. Wallace, founder and certified executive coach at C3 Coaching, Inc., will serve as faculty. The program takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the D.C. Bar Conference Center, 1101 K Street NW, first floor. It is sponsored by the D.C. Bar Law Practice Management Section and cosponsored by the Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Section and Litigation Section. 

For more information and to register, contact the D.C. Bar Sections Office at 202-626-3463 or visit www.dcbar.org, keyword: Sections. 

New Ethics Course Explores Client Identification Issues 

On February 1 the D.C. Bar Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Program will present a new interactive course that will zero in on one of the most basic yet confusing questions attorneys face: Who is the client? 

In "Identifying the Client: Ethics Issues," faculty will use hypotheticals to explore client identification outside a corporate setting, including identifying the client in the context of partnerships, government entities, associations, insureds and insurance companies, estates, and bond work. 

The course also will cover joint representations, going over the ethics issues involved in their creation, loyalty issues in possible adversity among joint clients, "information flow" duties, and privilege ramifications of a later dispute among jointly represented clients. 

Additionally, attendees will learn to identify the client in a corporate setting, such as within a corporate entity, within a closely held corporate entity, when dealing with corporate employees, and in a joint representation arrangement. Thomas E. Spahn, a partner at McGuireWoods LLP, and Saul Jay Singer, D.C. Bar legal ethics counsel, will lead this course. 

The course takes place from 6 to 8:15 p.m. at the D.C. Bar Conference Center, 1101 K Street NW, first floor. It is cosponsored by the D.C. Bar Antitrust and Consumer Law Section; Courts, Lawyers and the Administration of Justice Section; Criminal Law and Individual Rights Section; Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Section; Family Law Section; Government Contracts and Litigation Section; Labor and Employment Law Section; Law Practice Management Section; Litigation Section; and Real Estate, Housing and Land Use Section. 

For more information and to register, contact the CLE Program at 202-626-3488 or visit www.dcbar.org/cle.

Practice Guide on Fee Agreements Tackles Important Ethics Issues 

Get practical advice on developing fee agreements by attending the February 24 course "Fee Agreements in the District of Columbia: Ethics and Practice Guide" offered by the D.C. Bar Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Program. 

You will learn the requirements of a written agreement, how to deal with client files and property in fee agreements, how to address fees to be charged for the services of associates and legal staff, and other important issues such as termination, withdrawal, and fee dispute arbitration. 

Christopher G. Hoge of Crowley, Hoge & Fein, P.C. and Daniel M. Mills, assistant director of the D.C. Bar Practice Management Advisory Service, will serve as faculty. 

The course takes place from 5:30 to 8:45 p.m. at the D.C. Bar Conference Center, 1101 K Street NW, first floor. It is cosponsored by all sections of the D.C. Bar. 

For more information and to register, contact the CLE Program at 202-626-3488 or visit www.dcbar.org/cle

CLE Program's 'Tax Academy' Focuses on Ethics for Tax Lawyers 

On February 23 the D.C. Bar Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Program will present "Tax Academy: Ethics for Tax Lawyers (Circular 230 and the Rules of Professional Conduct)," which explores the two sets of rules governing most tax practitioners. 

The course will examine the similarities and differences between the rules, as well as discuss confidentiality, conflicts of interest, and ethics issues that come up in opinion writing and in Internal Revenue Service audits. The disciplinary process and penalties for violations under both ethics regimes also will be covered.

Thomas B. Mason, a partner at Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP; Ellen Oberwetter, a partner at Williams & Connolly LLP; and Alexander Reid, a partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, will serve as faculty. 

The course, cosponsored by the D.C. Bar Taxation Section, takes place from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the D.C. Bar Conference Center, 1101 K Street NW, first floor. 

For more information and to register, contact the CLE Program at 202-626-3488 or visit www.dcbar.org/cle.

2016 Judicial Reception Recognizes D.C. Judges 

Judges, practitioners, and others active in the legal profession are invited to attend the 2016 D.C. Bar Judicial Reception on April 21, an event honoring federal and D.C. judges in the District with special recognition given to those who have retired or taken senior status in the past year.

During the reception, the D.C. Bar Foundation also will present its 2016 Jerrold Scoutt Prize for exceptional service. The Scoutt Prize, named in honor of Jerrold Scoutt Jr., a founding partner of Zuckert, Scoutt & Rasenberger LLP, is awarded annually to an attorney employed full-time with a legal services provider in the Washington metropolitan area. 

The Judicial Reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. It is open to D.C. Bar members and guests of the D.C. Bar Foundation. For more information or to register, visit www.dcbar.org/marketplace.  

WBADC Hosts Mentoring Mixer, Small Firm Luncheon in February 

In February, the Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia (WBADC) will hold two networking events for members and other attorneys. 

The WBADC's Mentoring Committee will host "Mentoring &Mimosas" on February 6, bringing mentors and mentees together at The Hamilton, 600 14th Street NW, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is free, but seating is limited. 

On February 10 the Solo & Small Practice Law Forum will hold its monthly luncheon for solos and small firm attorneys as well as those interested in learning more about creating and managing a small firm. The event takes place from 12 to 1 p.m. at Kalijarvi, Chuzi, Newman & Fitch, P.C., 1901 L Street NW. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP by February 8.

For more information on either event, contact the WBADC at 202-639-8880 or visit www.wbadc.org.

CLE Course Offers Data Security Strategies for Solo and Small Firms

In the age of electronic data, what measures should solo and small firm attorneys take to protect their clients' information?

On February 9 the D.C. Bar Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Program will offer the course "Data Security for Small Firms and Solo Practitioners," covering the various data security and privacy laws in place and how attorneys can ensure their clients' and employees' personal, confidential, and sensitive information are protected.

Available both as a Webinar and live presentation, the course also will highlight enforcement efforts and privacy initiatives undertaken by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Allison Lefrak, senior attorney in the FTC's Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, will serve as faculty. 

The course takes place from 12 to 1 p.m. at the D.C. Bar Conference Center, 1101 K Street NW, first floor, and is cosponsored by all sections of the D.C. Bar. 

For more information and to register, contact the CLE Program at 202-626-3488 or visit www.dcbar.org/cle

For Financial Institution Lawyers, a Program on Cybersecurity Basics 

On February 10 the D.C. Bar Sections Office will host former and current attorneys from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of the Treasury in a discussion on what financial institution lawyers need to know about the legal rules of cybersecurity and data breaches. 

"Cybersecurity Essentials for Financial Institutions" features David Aaron, trial attorney in the Counterintelligence and Export Control Section of the DOJ's National Security Division; Leonard Bailey, special counsel for national security at the DOJ; and Kristin Toretta, former policy advisor in the Office of Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes at the Department of the Treasury. Leah Schloss of WilmerHale LLP will moderate.  

The program takes place from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at the D.C. Bar Conference Center, 1101 K Street NW, first floor. It is presented by the Financial Institutions Committee of the D.C. Bar Corporation, Finance and Securities Law Section.

For more information and to register, contact the D.C. Bar Sections Office at 202-626-3463 or visit www.dcbar.org, keyword: Sections.

Pro Bono Center Trains Attorneys on Representing Asylum Seekers 

The United States grants asylum to people fleeing persecution in their home countries due to their race, religion, nationality, political opinions, or membership in a particular social group. On February 19 the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center will hold a basic training for pro bono attorneys to prepare them to represent these individuals. 

The training will cover U.S. asylum law, preparing the I-589 application form, documenting asylum cases, working with victims of trauma, credible and reasonable fear interviews, and practice before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Asylum Office. Faculty includes experienced immigration practitioners as well as staff from the Arlington USCIS Asylum Office. 

The training takes place from 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the D.C. Bar Conference Center, 1101 K Street NW, first floor. It is sponsored by the Capital Area Immigrants' Rights Coalition, Whitman-Walker Health, and Human Rights First, and cosponsored by the Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services, the D.C. Bar International Law Section and Litigation Section, and the Tahirih Justice Center. 

Training participants are strongly encouraged to accept a pro bono referral from one of the sponsoring organizations. 

For more information and to register, contact the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center at 202-737-4700 or visit www.dcbar.org, keywords: Pro Bono Training

Program Explains Basics of Handling D.C. Workers' Compensation Cases 

Workers' compensation cases present many issues and considerations that require specialized expertise to handle. On February 23 join the D.C. Bar Sections Office for the brown bag lunch session "D.C. Workers Compensation: What Labor and Employment Lawyers Need to Know." 

Experienced advocates for employees and employers will discuss the basics of workers' compensation practice in the District, and when attorneys should handle an issue themselves and when to turn to a specialist. The session will be available both as a live presentation and a Webinar.

Speakers include Scott G. Sanford of Wilson & Parlett and Lisa A. Zelenak of Bonner Kiernan Trebach & Crociata LLP. Keith D. Greenberg, impartial arbitrator and mediator, will serve as moderator.

Sponsored by the D.C. Bar Labor and Employment Law Section, the program takes place at the D.C. Bar Conference Center, 1101 K Street NW, first floor. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. and the discussion will run from 12 to 1:30 p.m. 

For more information and to register, contact the D.C. Bar Sections Office at 202-626-3463 or visit www.dcbar.org, keyword: Sections

ABCs of National Labor Relations Board Series Returns in February

The D.C. Bar Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Program will offer its "ABCs of the National Labor Relations Board Series" on February 4, 11, and 18, covering practice and procedure, unfair labor practices, and union organizing, respectively. 

The course provides an overview of basic federal labor law, including terminology, concepts, and legal resources. Faculty includes Ellen Boardman, a partner at O'Donoghue & O'Donoghue LLP; Julienne Bramesco, labor counsel at the U.S. Postal Service; John E. Higgins Jr., faculty member at The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law and former NLRB deputy general counsel; Peter Ford, assistant general counsel, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union; and Christian Hansen, director of labor and employee relations, Akima, LLC. 

The course takes place from 5:30 to 8:45 p.m. on all three days at the D.C. Bar Conference Center, 1101 K Street NW, first floor. It is cosponsored by the D.C. Bar Administrative Law and Agency Practice Section, Health Law Section, and Labor and Employment Law Section. 

For more information and to register, contact the CLE Program at 202-626-3488 or visit www.dcbar.org/cle.

CLE Provides Practice Guide on Presenting Case Before OAH

Learn how to present your case before the D.C. Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH), often referred to as the "People's Court," by attending a course presented by the D.C. Bar Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Program on February 22. 

The OAH hears appeals from decisions of over 40 D.C. agencies, boards, and commissions in matters ranging from professional licensing to public benefits to rental housing conditions to D.C. Public Schools suspensions.

This course will provide summaries of the substantive law underlying the OAH's five key jurisdictions: taxicab infractions and consumer complaints, unemployment insurance, the Department of Public Works, public benefits and shelter evictions, and rental housing. 

Participants will have the opportunity to ask general practical advice questions to five OAH administrative law judges in attendance: Eugene Adams, (chief), Nicholas Cobbs, Claudia Crichlow, Sharon Goodie, and Paul Handy, (principal). 

The course takes place from 1 to 3:15 p.m. at the D.C. Bar Conference Center, 1101 K Street NW, first floor. It is cosponsored by the D.C. Bar Courts, Lawyers and the Administration of Justice Section. 

For more information and to register, contact the CLE Program at 202-626-3488 or visit www.dcbar.org/cle

Time to Ramp Up Your Trial Skills With CLE Program's Clinic Series 

Looking to improve your trial skills before you next step into the courtroom? The D.C. Bar Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Program's "Trial Skills Clinic Series" will help you prepare for your next case. 

Offered on February 3 and 17 and March 2, the series includes several presentations, discussions, and "learn by doing" sessions on various aspects of trial practice. The sessions will cover direct and cross-examination, advanced cross-examination and impeachment, and opening statements and closing arguments. 

Prior to the class all attendees will receive a case file developed by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, allowing them to come prepared to participate in various trial exercises. Faculty experts Laurie Lyte of Lytehouse Solutions, LLC, Brendan Ruane of Ruane Consultants, and other experienced practitioners will critique attendees' performance and provide helpful suggestions. 

Each session takes place from 1 to 5:15 p.m. at the D.C. Bar Conference Center, 1101 K Street NW, first floor. Interested individuals may sign up for individual sessions or the entire series. 

The course is cosponsored by D.C. Bar Antitrust and Consumer Law Section; Corporation, Finance and Securities Law Section; Courts, Lawyers and the Administration of Justice Section; Criminal Law and Individual Rights Section; Family Law Section; Government Contracts and Litigation Section; Intellectual Property Law Section; Labor and Employment Law Section; Law Practice Management Section; Litigation Section; Real Estate, Housing and L and Use Section; and Tort Law Section.

For more information and to register, contact the CLE Program at 202-626-3488 or visit www.dcbar.org/cle

CLE Course Covers Family Law Updates and Their Implications

On February 2 the D.C. Bar Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Program will offer the course "Update on Same-Sex Marriage, Domestic Partnerships, Transgender Issues, Parentage, and More," covering recent developments in these areas over the past year. 

Linda Ravdin of Pasternak & Fidis, P.C. and Michele Zavos of Zavos Juncker Law Group, PLLC will discuss the implications of recent cases for estate planning, family law, immigration, military, taxes, federal employees, and probate. 

The course takes place from 5:30 to 8:45 p.m. at the D.C. Bar Conference Center, 1101 K Street NW, first floor. It is cosponsored by D.C. Bar Corporation, Finance and Securities Law Section;Estates, Trusts and Probate Law Section; Family Law Section; Health Law Section; and Labor and Employment Law Section. 

For more information and to register, contact the CLE Program at 202-626-3488 or visit www.dcbar.org/cle.

Course Examines Changes to U.S. Economic Sanctions and OFAC 

In the past year there have been major changes to certain sanctions programs administered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), including those relating to nations such as Cuba, Iran, Russia, and the Crimea. 

On February 22 the D.C. Bar Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Program will offer a course examining the updates to these sanctions programs to help attorneys understand what changes have been made and how to avoid violating OFAC's regulations. 

The course will illustrate how economic sanctions would apply to financial institutions, multinational companies, and others. This course will be especially useful for legal professionals involved in international trade, finance, or business. 

Faculty includes Geoffrey M. Goodale of Trade Law Advisors, PLLC; Louis Rothberg, of counsel at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP; and Tina Shaughnessy, counsel for international trade compliance at General Electric Company. 

The course takes place from 5:30 to 8:45 p.m. at the D.C. Bar Conference Center, 1101 K Street NW, first floor. It is cosponsored by the D.C. Bar Administrative Law and Agency Practice Section; Corporation, Finance and Securities Law Section; and International Law Section. 

For more information and to register, contact the CLE Program at 202-626-3488 or visit www.dcbar.org/cle


Reach Jeffery Leon at JLeon@dcbar.org. Follow him on Twitter at @JLeonDCBar.