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9 Things to Know from February's Washington Lawyer

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DC Bar President Brigida Benitez sheds light about the growing legal field of anticorruption. She says that according to public records "there are more than 100 companies under investigation by U.S. authorities for possible violations of the FCPA" and many of the key investigations are being conducted right here in the District of Columbia. Needless to say, many DC Bar Members are on involved with these anticorruption cases. Read More →

Attorney General-Elect Karl Racine Announces Co-Chairs and Key Transition Team Personnel

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Attorney General-Elect Karl Racine named Pauline Schneider and Natalie Ludaway as Co-Chairwomen of his transition team. Racine said, “We are very pleased that Pauline Schneider and Natalie Ludaway are coming on board.  Pauline’s reputation is sterling, and her knowledge of Government and Finance will be a significant contribution in preparing to operate the first independent Office of Attorney General for the District of Columbia. Natalie is a trusted and close friend, and we served together on the D.C. Judicial Nominations Committee. Like Pauline, Natalie has an impeccable reputation in the practice of law. I am very lucky to have their counsel.” 

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7 Highlights of the D.C. Bar 2013–2014 Annual Report

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One of the major highlights of the year was the launching of the Bar’s new Web site, which features astreamlined navigational system designed to facilitate a more user-friendly experience. Lawyers and the general public now have greater access to legal information; a greater capacity to obtain and fileforms; an enhanced ability to register for courses, clinics, and programs; and the convenience of a new one-stop online marketplace. The mobile-friendly site allows users to obtain Bar information and services on portable devices such as mobile phones, tablets, and laptops. Read More →

More than Statistics: D.C. Bar Pro Bono Initiative

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Pro bono hours performed by attorneys at 61 D.C. law firms increased by 7.21% in 2013, according to the annual D.C. Bar Pro Bono Initiative report. Firms participating in the Pro Bono Initiative agree to an annual pro bono commitment of either 3% or 5% of total client billable hours, or an average of 60 or 100 hours for every lawyer in the firm. The Pro Bono Initiative began in 2001 and uses standards created by the Pro Bono Institute modeled on its Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge®. Each year, participating firms report their results to the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program through a survey which is compiled into a report.

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Top Three Priorities of Bar President Brigida Benitez

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President-Elect Brigida Benitez--partner at Steptoe & Johnson LLP--recently sat down with Kathryn Alfisi to do an interview for the June issue of the Washington Lawyer. She was officially sworn in as the 43rd D.C. Bar President at the Celebration of Leadership on June 17.

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