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Advice & Referral Clinic Serves Record Number of Clients in Anacostia

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This month’s volunteers came from the D.C. Access to Justice Commission, Department of Justice, and D.C. Bar Litigation Section, along with volunteer mentors from the D.C. Bar Labor & Employment Law and Estates, Trusts & Probate Law Sections. The pace of the attorney/client meetings is fast. One attorney can assist several clients in the course of a few hours and that assistance can go a long way in easing the clients’ fears about their legal issues. Read More →

Remembering Antitrust Attorney Kurt Shaffert

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My old friend and lawyer colleague Kurt Shaffert passed away on July 31. He was a trial attorney with the USDOJ Antitrust Division, not a Section Chief.  But he deserves to be remembered as a very significant professional with the agency, and a credit to the Bar -- a model of the decent and diligent lawyer that keeps a government agency afloat. Kurt was deeply proud to be in the service of the U.S. government, and was in turn deeply respected by his colleagues.

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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 →

Tough Profession, Tough People--Speak Up!

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“This is a tough profession, and I know we’re all tough people,” my partner said. “But we need to be mindful of each other. When you see a colleague who seems to be suffering, go ahead and knock on that closed door. Walk into that office. Ask how they’re doing. Speak up.” 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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What’s a worthy use of DC Bar Section expertise? Legislation

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One of the activities in which our section has been involved over the past couple of years, which was not listed by the Bar as a reason for our recognition, but of which we are nonetheless quite proud, is an opportunity we've had for engagement in the D.C. Council on two bills of particular importance for consumers. Read More →

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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Kurt Jacobs, Co-recipient of Laura N. Rinaldi Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year, Helps Prevent Homelessness Through Landlord-Tenant Pro Bono Practice

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Kurt Jacobs is a counsel in the Washington office of Sidley Austin LLP and a member of the firm’s Energy Practice Group. His dedication to pro bono service is evident throughout his 22 years of legal practice in the District. Read More →

Allen Snyder, Co-recipient of Laura N. Rinaldi Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year, Speaks on What Inspired Him to Volunteer as Special Counsel with the Children's Law Center

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Allen Snyder is a volunteer special counsel with the Children’s Law Center (CLC), dedicating all of his time to pro bono service. He completed 1,000 hours of pro bono work in both 2012 and 2013. Before joining CLC, Snyder had a 30-year career as a litigator with Hogan Lovells (previously Hogan & Hartson LLP). Read More →

Extremely Yoga

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How many of you know someone who struggles with extremes? Do you remember the conversation about “that lawyer?” You know who I am talking about, right? The other lawyer, of course. Not you (and certainly not me!). Read More →