Litigation

D.C. Bar Litigation Section Annual Report 2013-14

The Litigation Section has been active in planning and executing a variety of activities and other contributions to the community. Details of our activities in calendar year 2013 follow below.


Community Outreach

Pro Bono Clinic
Four times each year, the Litigation Section undertakes the responsibility to staff an Advice and Referral Clinic at Bread for the City, in Southeast Washington, D.C. We see individuals who walk in with a variety of civil law issues. Problems are handled at the Clinic or referrals are made —either to another public service organization or to the Bar’s Pro Bono Program.
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Youth Law Fair
The Litigation Section has been the primary sponsor of the annual Youth Law Fair for the past decade, obtaining financial and other support from other sections of the D.C. Bar. The Fair is intended to provide underserved youth in the District of Columbia with a positive, “hands-on” introduction to the judicial system and the law. In addition to a mock trial exercise, the fair includes tours of courtrooms, judges’ chambers, and holding cells led by Superior Court Judges.

In 2013 the Youth Law Fair took place on March 9, 2013 at the H. Carl Moultrie Courthouse, with a theme of “BullyProof!" In 2014, the 15th Annual Youth Law Fair took place on March 22, 2014, with a theme of “Standing Tall Against K2 and Alcohol.”
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Public Interest Trainings
The Litigation Section has continued its highly successful program of subsidizing legal training for attorneys who provide free legal assistance to low-income people. In 2013, the section contributed $5,000 toward CLE programs for legal services attorneys. Under the program, the Litigation Section pays a substantial percentage of the fees associated with these valuable training programs. In addition, in 2013, the Litigation Section was able to offer over $4,500 in scholarships for D.C.-area legal services attorneys to attend an intensive NITA trial skills training. The Litigation Section also made a $3000 donation to the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program in 2013.
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Access to Justice Commission
In 2013, the Litigation Section contributed $5000 to the D.C. Access to Justice Commission, which works to ensure access to the courts for indigent District residents.
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Membership and Financial
The Bar’s financial statements show the section with a positive balance.
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Publications
In 2013, the Litigation Section coordinated the updating and revision of two chapters of the D.C. Practice Manual, concerning Alternative Dispute Resolution (chapter 3) and Superior Court Civil Practice (chapter 28). The new edition, including these revised chapters, will be published in August 2014.
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Programs
On May 14, 2014, the Young Litigators Committee of the Litigation Section presented a Young Lawyers Networking Event and Meet & Greet, co-sponsored by other D.C. Bar sections and the Bar Association of D.C.

On February 20, 2014, the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the Litigation Section presented a program entitled "Best Practices To Make Your Next Mediation A Client Relations Success" (postponed from an earlier scheduled date in 2013).

On January 28, 2014, the Young Litigators Committee of the Litigation Section presented a program entitled "Tips From the Bench for Young Litigators," featuring three judges(postponed from an earlier scheduled date in 2013).

On November 14, 2013, the Women Litigators and Young Litigators Committees of the Litigation Section presented a networking event for members of the Bar.

On November 13, 2013, the E-Discovery Committee of the Litigation Section presented a program entitled "Technology in the Law Symposium, Predicting The Future."

On September 17, 2013, the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the Litigation Section presented a day-long program entitled "Managing a Successful Arbitration: Techniques and Best Practices From Experts in Arbitration."

On June 17, 2013, the Litigation Section presented a program entitled "A Winding Path of Success: A Conversation with Beth Wilkinson."

On January 29, 2013, the Young Litigators Committee of the Litigation Section held a networking event co-sponsored with Young IP Lawyers.

On January 3, 2013, the Litigation Section and the Dispute Resolution Committee sponsored a panel event entitled, "The Role of the Corporate Ombuds: A Partner for Risk Mitigation and Conflict Prevention." The event had been rescheduled from the fall of 2012.

The Litigation Section also has cosponsored, and is cosponsoring, numerous other programs with the other Bar sections.
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Judicial Reception
The Litigation Section held its Annual Judicial Reception on Thursday, February 28, 2013, in the D.C. federal court atrium. This event was co-sponsored with the Criminal Law and Individual Rights Section, which generated increased interest from both attorneys and judges. Given the success of the jointly hosted event in 2013, the Litigation and Criminal Law and Individual Rights Section co-hosted the 2014 Judicial Reception on February 27, 2014.

We look forward to continuing these efforts and hosting a variety of other programs and events for the benefit of our members and the community in the new year.

Respectfully submitted,

Michael D. Kass 
Kathleen R. Hartnett
Cochairs, D.C Bar Litigation Section
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