The Tort Law Section maintains a strong interest in products liability, personal injury, insurance law, medical and legal malpractice and damages, premises liability, wrongful death and survivorship actions, workers’ compensation, toxic torts, automobile law, civil rights, employment law, and class actions. The section offers comprehensive programs on trial advocacy and litigation skills. The section also sponsors community outreach programs and activities.
- The Tort Law Section sponsors an array of programs covering issues
related to tort litigation. These programs include presentations on
the evolving law and pre-trial and trial skills necessary for effective
advocacy. Many of the programs are certified for continuing legal
education credit. Section members receive discounted prices and also
assist in planning and presenting the programs each year. In addition
to educational programs, Section members will have an opportunity
to meet federal and local court judges, as well as other attorneys
and legal professionals, at our social events. The following is just
a small sample of the outstanding programs we have each year:
- seven breakfast seminars on medical malpractice litigation
- program on the nuts and bolts of automobile accident cases
- program on litigating with the federal government.
- program on litigating in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.
- program on technology in the courtroom. The program will take place in the technology courtroom of the United States District Court of the District of Columbia.
- comprehensive program on the important issue of damages law and how it is applied in all three local jurisdictions.
- Our section will provide to its members a digest of local and federal court opinions that impact the practice of tort law. We are also expecting to publish a quarterly newsletter. Additionally, the materials used in our programs are archived so our members have unlimited access to them.
- The Tort Law Section is the pulpit from which its members speak.
We submit comments on proposed court rules and legislative matters
and support community outreach programs. For example:
- the section drafted public statements against the reduction of peremptory strikes. Presently, the issue of peremptory strikes is hotly debated by the District of Columbia Council.
- the section has made contributions to the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program, the Darryl Green Youth Foundation, and other organizations whose purpose is to better the lives of the injured and under privileged.
- the section participates in staffing the Pro Bono Program Advice and Referral Clinic on Saturday mornings, which provides free advice to needy members of our community.
- Come Join Us!
- There are many tangible benefits to becoming a member of the Tort Law Section. If you have any questions about the section, what we do, or how you can become a member, call or e-mail any member of the steering committee or join online now. For more information you can also contact the D.C. Bar Sections Office at 202-626-3463.