Public Statements

Sections Public Statements

The following are summaries of the public statements issued to date by the various sections. Full-text copies of a section’s public statements are available by contacting David Itkin, senior member information specialist, in the D.C. Bar Sections Office, at 202-824-1873 or ditkin@dcbar.org.

Some public statements issued before 1990 are not indexed here. The Sections Office maintains a complete archive of public statements, including those from before 1990. For assistance locating all public statements, please contact Mr. Itkin.

 

Administrative Law and Agency Practice
  • April 28, 2010
    Cosponsor Statement by the Litigation Section opposing the Mayor’s recommendation to cut $1 million in civil legal services and loan forgiveness.
  • November 23, 1999 
    Support of proposed legislation to create an Interim Disability Assistance Program in the District of Columbia.
  • August 28, 1998 
    Statement on Campaign Finance Reform
  • May 21, 1996 
    Comments in a letter to the Honorable Garland Pinkston, Jr., Clerk of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, regarding Court of Appeals Rule 17.
  • May 20, 1996 
    Comments in a letter to Leonard Klein, Associate Director for Employment, Office of Personnel Management, regarding the OPM’s Oversight of the Selection of Administrative Law Judges.
  • February 2, 1993
    Memorandum of Amici Curiae in Support of Defendant Eleanor Holmes Norton’s Opposition to Plaintiffs’ Application for Preliminary Injunction, Robert H. Michael, et al. v. Donald Y. Anderson, et al., Civil Action No. 93-0039.
  • February 23, 1984
    Proposed comments on proposed amendments to Rule 68 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
Antitrust and Consumer Law
  • March 3, 2014
    Statement in Support of Bill 20-23, Legislation to Reform the Real Property Tax Sale Process in the District of Columbia
  • October 4, 2012
    Report and Statement in Support of The Consumer Protection Amendment Act of 2011
    D.C. Bill 19-0581.
  • May 23, 2012
    Statement of Concern about District of Columbia Government Tax Lien
    Foreclosure Procedures.
  • April 28, 2010          
    Cosponsor Statement by the Litigation Section opposing the Mayor’s recommendation to cut $1 million in civil legal  services and loan forgiveness.
  • July 28, 2009
    Cosponsor Litigation Section public statement opposing the Mayor’s recommendation to cut $1.8 million in civil legal services and loan forgiveness.
  • January 18, 2006
    Statement regarding Congressional Voting Rights for Residents of the District of Columbia.
  • June 17, 1999
    Statement in Support of Proposed Bill 13-141, “Prohibition Against the Use of Social Security Numbers Act of 1999.”           
  • April 22, 1999
    Statement about Consumer Protection in the District of Columbia Following the Suspension of DCRA Enforcement of the Consumer Protection Procedures Act.
  • November 10, 1997
    Report on the Enforcement of the Healthcare Entity Conversion Amendment Act of 1997.
  • September 23, 1997
    Recommendations to the Public Roundtable on the Business Regulatory Reform Commission’s Recommendations on improving business regulation in the District of Columbia.
  • May 24, 1996
    Comments in a letter to Honorable John Ray, Chairman Pro Tempore, Committee on Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, regarding the proposed District of Columbia Mortgage Lender and Broker Act of 1996, Bill #11-637.
  • February 15, 1996
    Comments in letter to the Hon. David Clarke, Chairman, Council of the District of Columbia, regarding recommendations for streamlining consumer protection under the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA).
  • August 31, 1995
    Comments in a letter to Stephen Calkins, General Counsel, and Joyce Plyer, Task Force Counsel, Federal Trade Commission regarding the FTC Rules of Practice for Adjudicative Proceedings.
  • May 8, 1995
    Comments in a letter to Chairman David Clarke and Mayor Marion Barry regarding a request that the D.C. City Council and Mayor Marion Barry revisit a section of the D.C. Code whereby maximum allowable credit rates are to be adjusted in accordance with the prevailing economic conditions.
  • March 17, 1995
    Follow-up letter to Chairman David Clarke and Council members of the Council of the District of Columbia concerning the Section’s previous public statement, dated December 15, 1994, regarding the proposal to suspend all enforcement of the Consumer Protection Procedures Act.                       
  • December 15, 1994
    Comments in a letter to Chairman David Clarke and Council members of the Council of the District of Columbia regarding the proposal to suspend all enforcement of the Consumer Protection Procedures Act.
Arts, Entertainment, Media and Sports Law
  • September 22, 2010
    Statement in support of the Artist Protection Act of 2009 (Bill 18-451)
  • October 22, 2008
    Public Statement in Support of the Free Speech Protection Act of 2008 (S.2977). 
  • June 30, 2005
    Cosponsorship of the ABA Section of Litigation’s Recommendations and Report to the ABA House of Delegates about a Federal "Shield Law" for Journalists
  • January 23, 2001 
    Response to request by Judicial Conference for comments on privacy and public access to electronic case files.
Computer and Telecommunications Law
  • February 2, 1993
    Memorandum of Amici Curiae in Support of Defendant Eleanor Holmes Norton’s Opposition to Plaintiffs’ Application for Preliminary Injunction, Robert H. Michael, et al. v. Donald Y. Anderson, et al., Civil Action No. 93-0039.
Courts, Lawyers and the Administration of Justice
  • January 24, 2014
    Statement in Support of Proposed Changes to D.C. Court of Appeals Rule 48 About
    Legal Assistance by Law Students
  • October 10, 2012 
    Public Statement Regarding the Video Visitation Policy of the D.C.
    Department of Corrections
  • April 28, 2010
    Cosponsor Statement by the Litigation Section opposing the Mayor’s recommendation to cut $1 million in civil legal services and loan forgiveness.
  • January 18, 2006 
    Statement regarding Congressional Voting Rights for Residents of the District of Columbia
  • August 12, 2002
    Comments on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals’ Proposed New Amendments to DC App Rules 31-54, and Forms.
  • August 9, 2002
    Proposed Comments on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals’ Proposed New Amendments to DC App Rule 4(c) Courts.
  • July 5, 2002
    Comments on Modernizing the Rules of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.
  • October 5, 2001
    Opposition to PR 14-34 - “Sense of the Counsel Regarding the Establishment of an Attorney General for the District of Columbia Resolution of 2001" and Bill 14-22 - “Local Selection of Judges Charter Amendment Act of 2001."
  • February 20, 2001
    Proposed Amendments to Rule 58 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Rule 4(A)(7) of the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure.
  • February 10, 1999
    Statement on proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
  • August 7, 1998
    Comments on proposed child welfare legislation expanding mandatory reporting requirements.
  • April 27, 1998
    Letter to Eleanor Acheson, Assistant Attorney General, Office of Policy Development, U.S. Department of Justice on the need for adequate funding for the District of Columbia Court System.
  • February 24, 1997
    Comments on proposed Amendments to D.C. Superior Court Civil Rule 68.
  • December 24, 1996
    Comments on proposed Amendments to Rules 27, 28, and 32 of the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure.
  • July 26, 1996
    Comments submitted to John Aldock, Chairman, Advisory Committee on Local Rules, by the Courts, Lawyers and the Administration of Justice Section and the Criminal Law and Individual Rights Section regarding proposed Amendments to the Local Rule 311(h) of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
  • June 21, 1996
    Comments in a letter to Mr. John Rabiej, Chief, Rules Committee Support Office, Administrative Office of the U.S Courts, regarding a follow-up statement from previous public statement dated 2/29/96.             
  • April 3, 1996
    Comments in a letter to Duane B. Delaney, Clerk of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia regarding Administrative Orders issued by the Superior Court of the District of Columbia affecting lawyers and their practice.
  • February 29, 1996
    Comments regarding a Draft of Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure, Appellate Procedure, Bankruptcy Procedure, and Evidence.
  • September 5, 1995
    Comments on the policy of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia regarding press interviews in the courthouse.
  • July 27, 1995
    Comments in a letter to the Honorable Strom Thurmond, Chairman, Committee on the Judiciary, regarding deference to Rules Enabling Act process.
  • June 23, 1995
    Comments on proposed amendment to Rule 27 of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.
  • May 17, 1995
    Comments to the Hon. William H. Ng, Clerk, District of Columbia Court of Appeals, regarding amendments To Parts VIII and IX of the Internal Operating Procedures of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.
  • February 28, 1995
    Comments on proposed amendments to the Federal Rules.
  • January 30, 1995
    Comments by the Courts, Lawyers and the Administration of Justice Section and the Litigation Section regarding proposed amendments to the Superior Court Rules.
  • June 17, 1994
    Comments on the Proposed Code of Judicial Conduct.
  • June 17, 1994
    Comments in a letter to the Hon. James A. Nathanson in Support of the Jury Trial Amendment Act of 1994 before the D.C. Council.
  • June 17, 1994
    Comments in a letter to the Hon. James A. Nathanson in Support of the Small Claims Service of Process Act of 1993 before the D.C. Council.
  • May 16, 1994
    Comments in a letter to the Hon. William H. Ng, Clerk, D.C. Court of Appeals, regarding proposed amendment to Rule 46 - No. M-189-94.
  • April 11, 1994
    Comments regarding proposed amendments to the Federal Rules.
  • April 11, 1994
    Comments on proposed amendments to the Juvenile Rules.
  • February 18, 1994
    Comments in a letter to Chairman John Aldock, Advisory Committee on Local Rules, regarding the proposed amendment to the Local Federal Rules of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
  • July 26, 1993
    Comments on the preliminary draft rule regarding audio-visual coverage of judicial proceedings.
  • March 29, 1993
    Comments regarding the draft report of the Civil Justice Report Act Advisory Group for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
  • March 4, 1993
    Comments on proposed changes in the General Rules of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
  • February 25, 1993
    Comments in letter to Hon. Henry F. Greene on the period of public comment on proposed changes to Superior Court Rules.
  • October 28, 1992
    Comments on the District of Columbia Criminal Justice Fair Compensation Act of 1991, Bill 9-31, before the Committee on the Judiciary, Council of the District of Columbia.
  • August 28, 1992
    Comments regarding proposed letter to the Judicial Conference of the United States on the proposed disclosure amendment to Rule 26(a) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
  • February 11, 1992
    Comments on proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Federal Rules of Evidence.
  • February 5, 1992
    Comments on D.C. City Council Bill 9-360, the Bail Reform Amendment Act of 1991.
  • December 18, 1991
    Letter to Wilhelmina J. Rolark, Chairperson of the Council of the District of Columbia’s Committee on the Judiciary, regarding the D.C. Press Shield Law.
  • December 11, 1991
    Comments on proposed amendment to the Pro Hac Vice Rule on practice by employees of legal service providers.
  • October 15, 1991
      Comments on proposed amendments to Rules 1.10 and 1.11 of the D.C. Rules of Professional Conduct. Included: Letter to Judge Judith W. Rogers from James Robertson on Rules 1.10 and 1.11 of the D.C. Rules of Professional Conduct, M-178-91.
  • April 22, 1991
    Comment on Local Rules 11(c) and 14 of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Publication of Opinions.
  • March 18, 1991
    Comments on bill pending before the U.S. Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, S. 444, extending and revising the 1989 legislation limiting incarceration for civil contempt in the District of Columbia.
  • March 2, 1990
    Comments on proposed sales tax of legal services.
  • November 22, 1989
    Comments regarding proposed Rules to Implement the D.C. Guardianship Protective Proceedings, and Durable Power of Attorney Act of 1986.
  • July 22, 1989
    Statement in opposition to H.R. 2136, the District of Columbia Civil Contempt Imprisonment Limitation Act of 1989.
  • July 6, 1989
    Comments concerning proposed amendments to DC Superior Court Criminal Rules 6 and 30 re designation of alternate grand jurors and the timing of the judge’s instruction to the petit jury.             
  • July 6, 1989
    Comments in general support of proposed amendments to D.C. Superior Court Mandatory Arbitration Program Rules.
  • July 6, 1989
    Comments concerning the proposed amendment to the District Court Rules 104, 701.1 and 711 re certification of lead counsel in contested matters, peer counseling, and renewal of membership in the Bar of the Court.
  • April 14, 1989
    General support of Bar Rule XI, D.C. Court of Appeals, re governing Bar disciplinary proceedings.
  • April 14, 1989
    General support of the D.C. Court of Appeals proposed revision of Rule 4 (a) (2) regarding appeals from remittitur.
  • April 7, 1989
    Comments regarding the proposed Federal Public Defender.
  • February 3, 1989
    Standard Review: Support of the comments filed by the D.C. Bar’s Public Service Activities Committee regarding the Legal Service Corporation’s proposed new regulations.
  • January 5, 1989
    Proposed comments regarding proposed Rules of Professional Conduct.
  • November 29, 1988
    Comments recommending the Commission on Executive, Legislative and Judicial Salaries support a substantial increase in compensation for federal judges.
  • October 25, 1988
    Report for submission to Richard Hoffman, Clerk of the D.C. Court of Appeals, in support of the Rule 405(a) of the Federal Rules of Evidence re whether to adopt the method of proving character or a trait of character.
  • September 21, 1988
    Court Rules Committee: Comments regarding proposed amendments to Court of Appeals Rule 46, governing admission to the D.C. Bar. The comments focus on Rules 46(d) and 46(e) concerning moral character and general fitness to practice law and quantum and burden of proof thereof.             
  • May 27, 1988
    Letter addressed to the Hon. Lewis E Condon, Charleston County Court, Charleston, SC, concerning the ABA’s Commission on Local Ordinance Reform proposal where law students working in clinical programs would assist officials in rural communities with drafting ordinances and providing other legal assistance.
  • May 10, 1988
    Court Rules Committee: Proposed comments urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to reconsider the amendment to General Rule 15(a), which states that amicus curiae briefs supporting or opposing suggestions for rehearing en banc will be received only by invitation of the Court.
  • May 10, 1988
    Court Rules Committee: Comments to proposed Superior Court Mental Health Rule 16 regarding returning an individual to the hospital after commitment for outpatient mental health treatment and for permanent revocation of patient commitment (in favor of inpatient treatment).
  • January 29, 1988
    Court Rules Committee: Comments submitted to the Board of Judges of the D.C. Superior Court recommending amendments to Chapter 9 of the "Standards and Procedures for the Selection and Tenure of Hearing Commissioners."
  • January 29, 1988
    Letter to the Hon. Frank Carlucci, Secretary of Defense, urging the decision on whether the U.S. Court of Military Appeals current status should be changed to a court established under Article III of the U.S. Constitution.
  • January 14, 1988
    Proposed comments to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia in general support of proposed amendments to Criminal Rule 117.
  • December 2, 1987
    Proposed letter to Chief Judge Harrison L. Winter, Fourth Circuit, regarding proposed establishment of a Southern Division of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.
  • October 23, 1987
    Proposed recommendation that the U.S. District Court for the D.C. adopt a rule on disposition of matters under advisement.
  • October 13, 1987
    Proposed brief amicus curiae endorsing the D.C. Court of Appeals prior rejection of a per se rule precluding admission of anyone ever convicted of a felony In re Manville, et al., District of Columbia Court of Appeals 84-1362, 78-92, 87-93.
  • September 10, 1987
    Comments to the D.C. Court of Appeals in support of proposed changes to the court rules regarding unauthorized practice of law Pro Hac Vice. Included: Comments by Katherine Mazzaferri about possible  D.C. Bar position on proposed D.C.C.A. Rules regarding Pro Hac Vice Admissions.
  • April 24, 1987
    Court Rules Committee: Proposed report commenting on proposed changes to the general rules of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
  • April 17, 1987
    Proposed report on the Initial Report of the Superior Court Sentencing Guidelines Commission.
  • March 24, 1987
    Court Rules Committee: Proposed report recommending amendment of the D.C. Superior Court’s procedure for establishing discovery deadlines in Civil II cases [Civil Rule 26 (d)].
  • November 6, 1986
    Court Rules Committee: Comments on the proposed amendment to Rule 6 of the Rules of Civil Procedure of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.
  • November 6, 1986
    Court Rules Committee: Comment in support of proposed amendment to the practice in the Small Claims Division of the Superior Court regarding the requirement that corporations be represented by attorneys.
  • September 17, 1986
    Court Rules Committee: Comments recommending new Rules 16.A and 16.B (adopting a local rule on motions for attorney’s fees).
  • September 17, 1986
    Court Rules Committee: Comments on proposed DC Superior Court Mandatory Arbitration Rules.
  • September 10, 1986
    Court Rules Committee: Comments addressed to the D.C. Court of Appeals in opposition to the proposed amendment to Rule XI, Section 9 of the rules governing the Bar of the District of Columbia to provide that members of BPR, hearing committees, Bar Counsel and all assistants and employees shall be immune from disciplinary complaints.
  • August 7, 1986
    Court Rules Committee: Letter addressed to Daniel M. Gribbon, Chair, D.C. Circuit Advisory Committee on Procedures, recommending revision to U.S. Circuit Court Rules.
  • May 29, 1986
    Comments on Health Care Decision Act of 1985 and District of Columbia Guardianship, Protective Proceedings and Durable Power of Attorney Act of 1985.
  • April 29, 1986
    Letter to the Hon. Strom Thurmond and Hon. John East of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary in support of H.R. 3550, the Rules Enabling Act of 1985.
  • January 30, 1986
    Court Rules Committee: Report recommending an amendment to Rule 39-I of the DC Superior Court Rules of Civil Procedure so as to permit the Civil Calendar Control Judge to enter a default or dismiss the action for failure of one party in a Civil II case to appear in the Civil Assignment Office at the date and time scheduled for trial.
  • September 30, 1985
    Written by Paul Friedman: Comments on the District Court Rules.
  • September 26, 1985
    Court Rules Committee: Emergency consideration in support of the proposed changes to the Local Rules of the D.C. District Court.
  • September 26, 1985
    Legislation Committee: Emergency consideration of proposed statement in support of the Prosecutorial and Judicial Efficiency Act of 1985.
  • March 25, 1985
    Comments concerning the Council for Court Excellence’s Draft Jury Statute for the District of Columbia Superior Court.
  • March 8, 1985
    Court Rules Committee: Report proposing New Federal District Court Rule on taxation of costs.
  • February 25, 1985
    Comments concerning the Council for Court Excellence’s Draft Jury Statute for the District of Columbia Superior Court.
  • February 19, 1985
    Letter addressed to the Hon. Wilhelmina Rolark supporting the inclusion of funding for the Superior Court’s Multi-Door Project in the FY 1986 budget.
  • January 8, 1985
    Legislation Committee: Recommendations in support of the adoption of amending legislation to the D.C. Code to allow pre-judgment interest in all tort and contract Suits in the District of Columbia courts.
  • December 27, 1984
    A proposed change to the D.C. Circuit’s Rule 19.
  • December 17, 1984
    Position paper concerning prejudgment interest for civil suits in the District of Columbia Courts.
  • December 6, 1984
    Revise comments on proposed Rules first published in the Washington Law Reporter.
  • December 5, 1984
    Comments on proposed amendments to Superior Court Civil Rules 6, 7, 11, 16, 26 and 67.
  • August 27, 1984
    Comments on proposed D.C. Court of Appeals Rules.
  • July 13, 1984
    Court Rules Committee: Comments on proposed amendments to the D.C. Superior Court Civil Rule 4 (Process).
  • June 19, 1984
    Report on cameras in the courts.
  • June 9, 1984
    Proposed testimony in favor of Section 3 of H.R. 5636, which would raise the jurisdictional limit for the Small Claims Branch of the D.C. Superior Court from $750 to $2,000.
  • May 9, 1984
    Comments concerning proposed District of Columbia Court of Appeals Rule 41(c)—Recall of Mandate.
  • March 14, 1984
    Written by Noel Kramer:  Report on the preliminary draft of proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedures.
  • March 14, 1984
    Proposed comments on proposed District of Columbia Court of Appeals Rule 27(e).
  • February 7, 1984
    Report proposing Rules of Evidence for the Superior Court based on the Federal Rules of Evidence.
  • December 30, 1983
    Proposed position paper on the need for prompt consideration of the authorization of Superior Court judgeships.
  • November 10, 1983
    Statement of Noel Anketell Kramer and Ellen Bass presenting a position paper on H.R. 1968, a bill to eliminate the mandatory appellate jurisdiction of the Supreme Court and H.R. 1970, a bill to establish an Intercircuit Tribunal.
  • October 7, 1983
    Support for the program of judicial evaluation designed by the Judicial Evaluation Committee of the Bar for judges of the D.C. Court of Appeals and the Superior Court.
  • September 26, 1983
    Letter to Chief Justice Robinson expressing concern over a proposal to limit the hours that the U. S. Courthouse will be open.
  • July 12, 1983
    Comments on the proposed amendments to Rule 46-I(c)(3) of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals (Admission of Attorneys by Motion).
  • December 7, 1982
    Position paper by the Legislation Committee of Division IV regarding S.2419, a bill to change the venue requirements for suits against the United States.
  • August 17, 1982
    Comments on the proposal for new rules for the U.S. District Court.
  • April 21, 1981
    Comments on proposed changes in Rules 8(f), 8(k) and 9 of the General Rules of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
  • July 2, 1980
    Comments on proposed changes to Superior Court Rules 26 and 12-I.
  • April 21, 1980
    Comments on proposed amendments to District Court Rule 3-8.
  • March 25, 1980
    Comments on proposed amendments to Rules 64-I and 69-I of the Rules of the Superior Court.
  • April 13, 1979
    Comments to the Judicial Conference for the D.C. Circuit, May 20-22, 1979--Proposed resolutions and reports respecting minimum standards for admission to practice in federal courts and proposed rule providing nationwide admission for district courts of the United States.
  • December 13, 1978
    Letter to the Honorable Jimmy Carter regarding the Legal Service Corporation’s 1980 budget request.
  • November 28, 1978
    Comment on draft amendments to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: Rule 5(d), Rule 26(b)(1), Rule 26(f), Rules 30 (b)(1) and 30(b)(4), Rule 33(a), and Rule 37(e).
  • September 15, 1978
    Brief of Amicus Curiae Division Four (Courts, Lawyers, and the Administration of Justice) of the District of Columbia Bar in Vicki Greene Golden  v. State Board of Law Examiners, et al. (Maryland domicile requirement).
  • September 5, 1978
    Proposed Rule providing full reciprocity among the United States District Courts for the Districts of Columbia and Maryland and for the Eastern District of Virginia.
  • Undated
    Proposed report on public disclosure of jurors’ identities and regulation of juror-attorney contacts.
Criminal Law and Individual Rights
  • October 28, 2011
    Cosponsor of Statements in support of Segments of the Proposed Code of Judicial Conduct for the D.C. Courts on Accommodating Unrepresented Parties.
  • December 8, 2010
    Cosponsor Litigation Section Statement Opposing the Mayor’s Recommendation to Cut $1.7 Million in Civil Legal Services.
  • April 28, 2010
    Cosponsor Statement by the Litigation Section opposing  the Mayor’s recommendation to cut $1 million in civil legal services and loan forgiveness.
  • December 28, 2007
    Opposition to the U.S. Department of Justice "McNulty Memorandum" and support for S. 186 and H.R.3013, bills aimed at protecting the attorney-client privilege and work product doctrine in prosecuting  a business organization.
  • November 10, 2006
    Opposition to proposed legislation reducing the number of peremptory challenges in felony trials at D.C. Superior Court
  • November 9, 2006
    Opposition to U.S. Department of Justice’s Waiver Policy for the Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product Doctrine in Prosecuting a Business Organization
  • October 12, 2000
    Support of adequate funding for panel attorneys representing indigent defendants under the Criminal Justice Act.             
  • November 4, 1999
    Support of increased funding for Criminal Justice Act Panel Attorneys.
  • June 30, 1999
    Nomination of James W. Klein as U.S. District Judge for D.C.
  • June 16, 1999
    Nomination of James W. Klein as U.S. District Judge for D.C.
  • November 24, 1998
    Statement in support of Robert L. Wilkins for the 1999 Roger Baldwin Medal of the ACLU.
  • September 30, 1998
    Letter to Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, Chair of the Committee on the Judiciary, supporting confirmation of James Klein as U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia. (Restatement of June 30, 1998 Public Statement).
  • June 30, 1998
    Letter to Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, Chair of the Committee on the Judiciary, supporting confirmation of James Klein as U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia.
  • May 11, 1998
    Follow up letters to D.C. Council Members Evans, Chavous, Brazil, Thomas and Mason on the D.C. Truth-in-Sentencing Commission.
  • April 10, 1998
    Letter to Hon. Eugene Hamilton, Chief Judge of the Superior Court, on the Need for Funding for District of Columbia Courts.
  • December 19, 1997
    Supplemental comments of William J. Mertens to the District of Columbia Truth-in-Sentencing Commission.
  • December 9, 1997
    Oral statement of William J. Mertens, Chair of the Criminal Law and Individual Rights Section, before the District of Columbia Truth-in-Sentencing Commission.
  • October 13, 1997
    Follow up letter to Eric Holder, Chair of the D. C. Truth-in-Sentencing Commission, as it develops a proposed new Criminal Sentencing System for the District of Columbia.
  • September 10, 1997
    Letter to Eric Holder, Chair of the D. C. Truth-in-Sentencing Commission, urging the Commission to encourage public participation as it develops a proposed new Criminal Sentencing System for the District of Columbia.
  • July 26, 1996
    Comments submitted to John Aldock, Chairman, Advisory Committee on Local Rules, by the Courts, Lawyers and the Administration of Justice Section AND the Criminal Law and Individual Rights Section regarding proposed Amendments to the Local Rule 311(h) of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
  • July 11, 1995
    Comments in a letter to Senator Orrin G. Hatch, Chairman, Committee on the Judiciary, regarding exclusionary rule reform legislation.
  • December 6, 1994
    Comments in a letter to the members of the D.C. Council regarding funding for D.C.’s Early Intervention Program.
  • December 2, 1994
    Comments in a letter to Chairman Clarke and Councilperson Nathanson regarding Title III of Bill No. 10-87, The Anti-Sexual Abuse Amendment Act of 1994.
  • October 25, 1994
    Comments to the Committee on the Judiciary, Council of the District of Columbia, regarding "The District of Columbia Nonviolent Offenses Mandatory-Minimum Sentences Amendment Act of 1994."
  • May 14, 1993
    Letter to Senator Joseph Biden endorsing the nomination of Drew Days for United States Solicitor General.
  • April 23, 1993
    Comments before the Committee on Self Determination, Council of the District of Columbia, regarding statehood for the District of Columbia.
  • February 19, 1993
    Comments in letter to Hon. Ricardo Urbina regarding proposed procedures for conduct of disciplinary hearings by the Superior Court Disciplinary Committee for Appointments under the District of Columbia Criminal Justice Act.
  • February 2, 1993
    Memorandum of Amici Curiae in Support of Defendant Eleanor Holmes Norton’s Opposition to Plaintiffs’ Application for Preliminary Injunction, Robert H. Michael, et al. v. Donald Y. Anderson, et al., Civil Action No. 93–0039.
  • October 28, 1992
    Comments on the District of Columbia Criminal Justice Fair Compensation Act of 1991, Bill 9-31, before the Committee on the Judiciary, Council of the District of Columbia.
  • September 30, 1992
    Comments regarding an Amicus Curiae in the matter of Harvey v. Scott, No. 92 SP-695.
  • July 30, 1992
    Comments regarding an amicus brief in support of James Holloway in United States v. Roscoe.
  • May 24, 1992
    Comments regarding the Health Care Benefits Expansion Act of 1992.
  • April 24, 1992
    Comments regarding proposed "Defense Practice Standards."
  • February 12, 1992
    Comments on the D.C. City Council Bill 9-360, the Bail Reform Amendment Act of 1991.
  • October 15, 1991
    Resolution regarding the District of Columbia Domestic Partnership Act of 1991.
  • September 18, 1991
    Comments regarding proposed modification of the Writ of Habeas Corpus.
  • September 18, 1991
    Comments regarding opposition of congressional expansion of the death penalty for killings committed in the District of Columbia.
  • September 18, 1991
    Comments regarding funding of Death Penalty Resource Centers.
  • January 11, 1991
     Letter addressed to C. Glenn Ihrig, President, Public Welfare Foundation, in support of the funding application submitted by the D.C. Prisoners’ Legal Services Project, Inc.
  • November 9, 1990
    Amicus Curiae in support of appellant in King v. Palmer, No. 89-7027 (D.C. Circuit).
  • November 30, 1989
    Letter to Donna Ruscavage, Program Officer, in support of the funding application submitted by the D.C. Prisoners’ Legal Services Project Inc. Funding would provide legal services to prisoners with AIDS and HIV infection.
  • April 14, 1989
    Letter to the Hon. Robert A Shuker, Chair, Criminal Rules Committee, Superior Court of the District of Columbia, regarding proposed amendments to Superior Court Criminal Rule 16 pertaining to discovery.
  • April 11, 1989
    Committee on Rights of the Homeless: Proposed testimony before the DC Council in opposition to Bill 8-156, "The D.C. Right to Overnight Shelter Act of 1984 Amendment Act to Establish a Comprehensive Homelessness Assistance Program of 1989."
  • March 21, 1989
    Opposition to the proposed creation of a Federal Public Defender Organization for the District of Columbia.
  • September 11, 1987
    Committee on Rights of the Elderly & Handicapped: Proposed testimony for submission to the D.C. City Council, Judiciary Committee in support of Bill 7-131, the District of Columbia Health Care Decisions Act of 1987.
  • July 13, 1987
    Proposed comments on the initial report of the D.C. Superior Court Sentencing Guidelines Commission.
  • March 25, 1986
    Rights of the Elderly and Handicapped Committee: Expedited consideration of comments in opposition to the "Halfway House and Public Shelter Public Hearing Act of 1985," Bill 6-291.
  • April 8, 1985
    Letter to Council member Wilhelmina J. Rolark in support of the D.C. Alternative Sentencing Commission Act of 1985.
  • February 13, 1985
    Letter addressed to D.C. ABA Delegates urging their support and vote for the adoption of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Resolution which will be presented at the Mid-Year ABA Meeting in Detroit, Michigan.
  • January 8, 1985
    Gay and Lesbian Rights Committee: Letter to Mayor Marion Barry in support of a requirement that institutions receiving benefits from the sell of D.C. Revenue Bonds be required to comply, without exception, to D.C. Human Rights Act (per Karen               Christensen).             
  • November 27, 1984
    Proposed comments in support of enacting emergency legislation in the D.C. City Council to return the Youth Act to the D.C. Criminal Code.
  • September 21, 1984
    Comments concerning proposed regulations (1630) by the Legal Services Corporation.
  • June 27, 1984
    Emergency consideration to file an Amicus Curiae brief on behalf of Division 5: Criminal Law and Individual Rights in Gay Rights Coalition of Georgetown Law Center, et al. v. Georgetown University, et al.
  • March 7, 1984
    Proposed letter regarding proposed Rule 27(e) to amend the Rules of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.
  • January 18, 1984
    Consideration of a request by Division 5 and the PSA Committee to join as co-signatories on an Amicus brief in the case of National Senior Citizens Law Center, et al. v. Legal Services Corporation, Civil Action No. 83-3867.
  • December 30, 1983
    Military & Veterans’ Rights Committee: Proposed resolution concerning the digesting of Military Court cases.
  • December 8, 1983
    Comments concerning the "Nursing Home and Community Residence Facility Residents’ Protection Act of 1983."
  • November 18, 1983
    Criminal Rules and Legislation Committees expedited consideration of a public statement in opposition to Amendment 43 (c) (5) of the D.C. Superior Court Criminal Rules (Presence of the Defendant) Judge George Revercomb.
  • September 26, 1983
    Comments concerning Legal Services Corporation’s proposed Regulations on Client Eligibility - 48 Fed. Reg. 39086.
District of Columbia Affairs
  • September 29, 2014
    Statement in Support of S. 132 - The New Columbia Admission Act
  • May 20, 2010 
    Statement in support of the efforts of the District of Columbia to count all residents in the 2010 Census.
  • July 28, 2009
    Statement concurring in and supporting the Litigation Section's April 23, 2009 statement about the appointment of judges to the D.C. federal bench.
  • June 18, 2009
    Statement about revising the business organizations code of the District of Columbia
  • February 28, 2008
    Statement of Support for the Supreme Court amicus brief in District of Columbia vs. Heller, about home rule and the Second Amendment
  • April 5, 2006
    Supreme Court amicus brief, in support of non-resident income tax litigation
  • January 18, 2006
    Statement regarding Congressional Voting Rights for Residents of the District of Columbia
  • December 28, 2004
    Appellate amicus brief, in support of non-resident income tax litigation.
  • November 9, 2004
    Comments on the “First Amendment Rights and Police Standards Act of 2004” Bill 15-968.
  • March 17, 2004
    Comments in support of the “Blue Ribbon Juvenile Justice and Youth Rehabilitation Act of 2004” Bill (15-673).
  • February 20, 2004
    Comments in support of the D.C. Budget Autonomy Act, H.R. 2472/S.1267 - Letter to the House Speaker Dennis Hastert.
  • December 16, 2003
    Amicus brief in support of non-resident income tax litigation.
  • October 24, 2003
    Comments in Support of the Rainy Day Fund Act of 2003, Bill 15-239.
  • September 30, 2003
    Comments in Support of the D.C. Budget Autonomy Act of 2003, S. 1267.
  • November 19, 2002
    Proposed Comments in Support of the D.C. Budget Autonomy Bill, H.R. 2995/S. 2516
  • November 19, 2002
    Comments on the Budget Autonomy Bill, H.R. 2995/S. 2316.
  • February 8, 2002
    Support of Bill 14-271 “Voter Information and Education Act of 2001."
  • September 25, 2001
    Statement in support of PR 1434 – “Sense of the Council Regarding the Establishment of an Attorney General for the District of Columbia Resolution of 2001" and Bill 14-22 – “Local Selection of Judges Charter Amendment Act of 2001.
  • June 28, 2000
    Statement in support of the proposed policy to display the “Taxation Without Representation” motto on D.C. license tags.
  • June 21, 1999
    Statement regarding letter to D.C. Council Chair Linda Cropp about recommended reforms.
  • February 2, 1993
    Memorandum of Amici Curiae in Support of Defendant Eleanor Holmes Norton’s Opposition to Plaintiffs’ Application for Preliminary Injunction, Robert H. Michael, et al. v. Donald Y. Anderson, et al., Civil Action No. 93-0039.
  • July 25, 1986
    Statement in support of H.R. 4898, a bill to extend the permissible pro bono representation by employees of the Federal Government and the DC Government.
  • June 3, 1986
    Statement addressed to the U.S. House Subcommittee on Courts, Civil Rights, and the Administration of Justice in support of H.R. 4898, an act to extend the permissible pro bono representation by employees of the Federal Government and the D.C. Government.
  • January 3, 1986
    Statement in support of H.R. 3578, the D.C. Judicial Efficiency and Improvement Act of 1985, submitted to the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Governmental Efficiency and the District of Columbia Governmental Affairs Committee.
  • September 26, 1985
    Emergency consideration of proposed testimony in support of the D.C. Prosecutorial and Judicial Efficiency Act 1985.
  • February 25, 1985
    Letter addressed to the Hon. Wilhelmina Rolark urging the D.C. Council to include funding for the Superior Court’s Multi-Door project in the FY 1986 budget.
  • August 30, 1984
    Amicus Curiae brief in Cole v. U.S., Gary v. U.S., and Pee v. U.S., concerning the legislative veto provision of the D.C. Self-Governmental Reorganization Act.
  • July 26, 1984
    Comments on H.R. 5951, the D.C. Judicial Appointment Authority Act of 1984.
  • March 26, 1984
    Proposed Amicus Curiae brief in Dimond, et al. v. District of Columbia, et al., relating to challenges to the District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act.
  • September 9, 1983
    D.C. Court of Appeals proposed amendment to Rule 46-I(c)(3) (Admission of Attorney by Motion).
Environment, Energy and Natural Resources
  • November 1, 2000 
    Statement proposing a court rule that would require law firms to use recycled paper for court filings in the District of Columbia local and federal courts.
  • October 3, 1991
    Statement regarding proposed rules on standards of ethical conduct for employees of the executive branch.
Estates, Trusts and Probate Law
  • July 5, 2012
    Statement of Concern About D.C. bill 19-753 “Uniform Real
    Property Transfer on Death Act  of 2012”
  • May 23, 2012
    Cosponsor Antitrust and Consumer Law Section statement  about District of Columbia government tax lien foreclosure procedures
  • April 30, 2010
    Comments about Bill 18-546 , the Neighborhood Preservation Amendment Act of 2009
  • February 24, 2009
    Comments on an updated proposed revision of the District of Columbia laws governing guardianships of minor children and proposed statute governing supplemental needs trusts.
  • April 16, 2008
    Comments on a proposed revision of the District of Columbia laws governing guardianships of minor children and proposed statute governing supplemental needs trusts, D.C. Code, Title 21, Chapter           1.
  • April 14, 2008
    Comments to the DC Council Committee on Human Services regarding The Health Care Decisions for Persons With Developmental Disabilities Act of 2007, D.C. Bill 17-432.
  • December 28, 2007 
    Comment and Report to District of Columbia Superior Court in support of an increase in the Probate Division Guardianship Fund compensation rate, from $80.00 per hour to $125.00 per hour.
  • May 16, 2006
    Endorsement of proposed Revised Uniform Disclaimers of Property Interests Act (RUDPIA)
  • October 22, 2003
    Reaffirmation of June 26, 2003 statement in support of a proposed alternative to D.C. Bill 15-234, an act to adopt a District of Columbia version of the Uniform Trust Code.
  • June 26, 2003
    Statement in support of a proposed alternative to D.C. Bill 15-234, an act to adopt a District of Columbia version of the Uniform Trust Code.
  • November 27, 2001
    Statement in Support of Changes to The Uniform Trust Act, D.C. Bill 14–211.
  • May 17, 2000
    Statement endorsing the Report of the District of Columbia Task Force on the Omnibus Trusts and Estates Amendment Act of 1999–Bill 13-298.
  • March 21, 1996
    Comments to the Advisory Committee on Superior Court Rules of Probate and Fiduciary Procedure regarding proposed revisions to the Probate Rules.
  • October 7, 1994
    Comments before the Council of the District of Columbia, regarding D.C. Council Bill 10-649, known as the "Probate Reform Act of 1994."
  • June 3, 1993
    Letter to Council member Nathanson on D.C. Council Bill 10-88, “Uniform Property Conveyancing Act of 1993."
  • February 22, 1991
    Proposed Amicus Brief in the Estate of Allen Kirkpatrick IV.
  • April 18, 1989
    General Support of the D.C. Uniform Premarital Agreement Act of 1989, Bill 8-32.
  • February 3, 1989
    Support of proposed changes to D.C. Superior Court Probate Rules 114, 117, 118, and 124 regarding the reduction of the time and expense associated with administering estates in D.C.
  • October 24, 1988
    Letter addressed to Council member Wilhelmina Rolark regarding the Health–Care Decisions Act of 1988, Bill 7–131.
  • April 18, 1988
    Letter addressed to Wilhelmina Rolark in support of the District of Columbia Uniform Disclaimer of Property Interests Act of 1987.
  • February 25, 1988
    Comments in support of expanding Superior Court Rules to permit publication of notices in both weekly and daily publications.
  • February 11, 1988
    Comments in response to proposed legislation concerning succession of fiduciary responsibilities, Title 26, Chapter 4, Section 26–437.
  • January 12, 1988
    Proposed letter to J. Walter Lund, Associate Director, D.C. Department of Finance and Revenue, in general support (with minor modifications) of proposed regulations to the Inheritance and Estate Tax Revision Act of 1986.
  • December 9, 1987
    Letter to Council member Wilhelmina Rolark, urging the postponement of the new guardianship and protective proceedings law while at the same time supporting the proposed new amendments to the law submitted by Judge Barnes, D.C. Superior Court.
  • November 24, 1987
    Letter addressed to Wilhelmina Rolark on the D.C. Health Care Decisions Act of 1987, Bill 7–131.
  • September 18, 1985
    Julian Markham’s testimony on the Durable Power of Attorney Act of 1985, being Article III of Bill 6–7 and Bill 6–34.
  • November 10, 1983
    Proposed public statement on the adoption in the District of Columbia of the Uniform Durable Power of Attorney Statute.
Family Law
  • April 28, 2010 
    Cosponsor Statement by the Litigation Section opposing the Mayor’s recommendation to cut $1 million in civil legal services and loan forgiveness.
  • November 22, 2003
    Comment in support of parts of the Uniform Trust Act of 2003, Bill 15-234, that provide for the attachment of funds in a trust in order to enforce judicial orders for child support or spousal support.
  • January 17, 2002
    Testimony on “Improved Child Abuse Investigations Amendment Act of 2001” (Bill 14-372).
  • June 14, 2001
    Testimony before Congress on the District of Columbia Family Court Act.
  • May 3, 2001
    Statement supporting “Superior Court of the District of Columbia: Family Case Management Reform.”
  • April 27, 2001
    Proposed Revisions to D.C. Code Sections 16-901 through 16-924.
  • March 21, 2001
    Comments opposing the proposed legislation to establish a separate Family Court in the District of Columbia.
  • November 28, 2000
     Letter to Hon. Zinora Mitchell-Rankin with comments on the proposed practice standards affecting CCAN Attorneys.
  • September 29, 2000
    Letter to Hon. Rufus G. King III regarding mandatory practice standards for lawyers representing clients in child abuse and neglect proceedings.
  • April 12, 1994
    Comments regarding proposed joint custody legislation.
  • February 2, 1993
    Memorandum of Amici Curiae in Support of Defendant Eleanor Holmes Norton’s Opposition to Plaintiffs’ Application for Preliminary Injunction, Robert H. Michael, et al. v. Donald Y. Anderson, et al., Civil Action No. 93-0039.
  • October 15, 1991
      Resolution regarding the District of Columbia Domestic Partnership Act of 1991.
  • February 25, 1988
    Comments in support of expanding Superior Court Rules to permit publication of notice to both weekly and monthly publication.
  • March 21, 1986
    Letter supporting changes in proposed bill on parental kidnapping.
  • October 29, 1985
    Letter to the Hon. Wilhemina Rolark, Chair of the Judiciary, D.C. City Council, on proposed legislation Bill 6-134, "D.C. Child Support Enforcement Amendment Act of 1985."
  • March 9, 1984
    Proposed request by Division 9, concerning participation in discussions before the D.C. City Council.
  • February 8, 1984
    Comments on proposed adoption of the Federal Rules of Evidence.
Government Contracts and Litigation
  • April 28, 2010
    Cosponsor Statement by the Litigation Section opposing the Mayor’s recommendation to cut $1 million in civil legal services and loan forgiveness.
  • May 23, 2001
    Statement to the District of Columbia Court of Appeals supporting restoration of eligibility for judicial membership in the D.C. Bar to judges serving on the Boards of Contract Appeal.             
  • August 6, 1996
    Offer of legal assistance to D.C. Financial Authority and D.C. Public Schools with disputes surrounding the food service contract for the District of Columbia School System.
  • October 10, 1995
     Comments in letters concerning funding for the District of Columbia Contract Appeals Board.
  • May 17, 1995
    Comments in a letter to Mayor Marion Barry regarding upcoming vacancies on the District of Columbia Contract Appeals Board.
  • December 2, 1992
    Comments on the General Services Administration’s management of its Board of Contract Appeals.
  • February 28, 1991
    Letter to Mayor Sharon Pratt Dixon offering assistance in developing procurement and contracting guidelines.
  • June 6, 1990
    Letter to the Hon. Rep. Gary L. Ackerman (D-NY) in opposition to H.R. 3979 re proposing certain changes to the current method by which the salaries of boards of contract appeals members and administrative law judges are established.
  • January 10, 1989
    Comments concerning the proposed rules of the District of Columbia Contract Appeals Board.
  • November 15, 1988
    Letter to the Hon. Lloyd Cutler, Chair, Quadrennial Commission, in support of changing the present federal pay structure for judicial, legislative and executive salaries, including judges of the Boards of Contract Appeals.
  • January 6, 1988
    Letter to Hon. Marion S. Barry, Mayor, District of Columbia, commenting on the implementation of the District of Columbia Procurement Practices Act of 1985.
  • November 21, 1985
    Comments in support of DC City Council Bill 6-191 the DC Procurement Practice Act of 1985.
  • October 12, 1984
    Comments on proposed changes to the GSBCA Rules of Procedure to govern protest involving automatic data processing procedures.
Health Law
  • April 28, 2010
    Cosponsor Statement by the Litigation Section opposing the Mayor’s recommendation to cut $1 million in civil legal services and loan forgiveness.
  • June 29, 1990
    Comments on three resolutions pertaining to recommendations that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services adopt certain policies regarding the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
Intellectual Property Law
  • February 10, 2004
    Comments on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s proposed regulations covering recognition to practice before the USPTO, investigations and disciplinary proceedings in that venue and rules of professional conduct for practitioners before the USPTO.
  • May 20, 1999
    Support for IP Constituency of the Domain Names Support Organization (DNSO).
  • August 4, 1997
    Comments to the Assistant Commissioner for Trademarks about Proposed Rule Changes of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
  • April 18, 1997
    Letters to U.S. Representatives Hon. Harold Rogers, Hon. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Hon. Orrin G. Hatch, Hon. Ted Stevens, Hon. Robert L. Livingston, Hon. Howard Coble, Hon. Henry J. Hyde, and Hon. Pete V. Domenici on proposed diversion of fees paid to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
  • July 30, 1996
    Comment in a letter to Philip G. Hampton II, Assistant Commissioner for Trademarks, proposing an appointment from the Section to the newly formed Trademark Office Advisory Group.
  • June 14, 1996
    Comments in a letter to the Honorable Bruce A. Lehman, Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Commissioner of Patents and Trademark, regarding difficulties which Section Members have encountered in the processing of trademark applications and related documents.
  • June 16, 1989
    Comments for submission to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office regarding changes to proposed Patent Rule in 37 CFR 1.57 and 1.97 - 1.99.
  • September 2, 1988
    Letter addressed to the Hon. Robert M Kastenmeier, Chair Sub-committee on Courts, Civil Liberties and the Administration of Justice, on the Trademark Law Revision Act (H.R. 4156).
  • August 5, 1988
    Comments in support of proposed amendments of patent rules published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (CFR Part 10) re P.T.O. Office of Enrollment and Discipline procedures.
  • November 24, 1987
    Proposed letter recommending clarifications of proposed changes in miscellaneous patent rules by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.
  • June 6, 1985
    Comments on proposed change in submission of drawings to the Patent and Trademark Office.
  • February 27, 1985
    Proposed Patent Trademark Office Rules concerning arbitration of patent interference cases.
  • October 4, 1984
    Comments on proposed disciplinary rules of the Patent and Trademark Office.
  • July 27, 1984
    Comments on H.R. 3605, the Drug Price Competition and Patent Term Restoration Act of 1984.
  • July 18, 1983
    Proposed comments on S. 1538.
International Law
  • June 26, 2006
    Letter Responding to Senior Division Military Prosecutor I. A. Grubiy’s Response to the Section’s 11/30/2005 letter about the continuing detention and deteriorating condition of Russian defense lawyer Mikhail Trepashkin.
  • November 30, 2005
    Letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin expressing grave concern over the renewed detention and current physical condition of Russian defense lawyer Mikhail Trepashkin.
  • August 16, 2005
    Letter to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad expressing grave concern over the arrest and continued detention of Mohammed Raadoun, President of the Arab Organization of Human Rights in Syria.
  • June 28, 2004
    Statement of Concern About Incidents Involving U.S. Government Detention of Persons Since September 2001 
  • March 13, 2002
    Comments on the Proposed Regulations of the Department of Justice on “Board of Immigration Appeals: Procedural Reforms to Improve Case Management.”
  • January 16, 2001
    Comments regarding the proposed regulations of the Department of Justice on Asylum and Withholding Definitions.
  • November 25, 1996
    Proposed letter to send to foreign governments holding attorneys prisoner objecting to their imprisonment according to the Rule of Law.
  • January 6, 1995
    Comments on Proposed Changes to Administrative Protective Order Procedures.
  • June 20, 1994
    Comments on the Survey of Administrative Protective Orders under Title VII and Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 as Amended.
  • April 23, 1993
    Letter to the Prime Minister of Turkey Suleyman Demirel regarding the investigation into the murder of Metin Can.
  • March 6, 1992
    Letters to the President of Colombia Cesar Gaviria Trujillo; Rafael Pardo, Minister of Defense; and Dr. Carlos Gustavo Arrieta Padilla, Attorney General regarding death threats against Jorge Gomez Lizarazo and his colleagues at Comite Regional para la Defense de los Derechos Humanos.
  • July 15, 1991
    Letter to the President F.W. de Klerk of South Africa on the Murder of Bheki Mlangeni.
  • July 15, 1991
    Comments on the Preliminary Draft Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects approved by the UNIDROIT Study Group on the International Protection of Cultural Property.
Labor and Employment Law
  • January 10, 2013
    Statement of Support for the Advisory Committee on Federal Rules of Civil
    Procedure’s Proposed Protocols Regarding Initial Discovery in Employment Cases
    Alleging Adverse Action
  • November 9, 2012
    Statement of Support for the Civil Rights Tax Relief Act of 2011
  • April 28, 2010
    Cosponsor Statement by the Litigation Section opposing the Mayor’s recommendation to cut $1 million in civil legal services and loan forgiveness.
  • October 1, 2001
    Letter to Hon. Jack Evans in Support of the “D.C. Civil Rights Tax Fairness Act of 2001" (Bill No. 14-321).
  • September 13, 2001
  • Comments in Support for H.R. 840/S. 917—"Civil Rights Tax Relief Act" to be filed with Charles E. Grassley, chairman and Max Baucus, ranking minority member of the Senate Finance Committee, and William M. Thomas, chairman, and Charles B. Rangel, ranking minority member of the House Ways and Means Committee
  • August 24, 2001
    Letter to Hon. Charles E. Grassley, Hon. Max Baucus, Hon. William  H. Thomas and Hon. Charles B. Rangel in Support of H.R. 840/S.917  - “Civil Rights Tax Relief Act.”
  • July 20, 1999
    Letter to Hon. Bill Archer and Hon. Charles B. Rangel in Support of H.R. 1997—“Civil Rights Tax Fairness Act of 1999.
  • March 24, 1998
    Letter to Paul M. Igasaki, Acting Chairman of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on the EEOC’s proposed regulations changing the federal sector EEO complaint process.
  • May 1, 1997
    Letters to D.C. Council Member Kathy Patterson, Chair, Committee on Government Operations; Mayor Marion Barry, Jr.; Anthony A. Williams, Chief Financial Office and Michael C. Rogers, City Administrator, urging D.C. Government to fund the Public Employee Relations Board.
  • June 3, 1996
    Comments in letters to: Senator William S. Cohen, Chairman, Subcommittee Oversight on Government Management and the District of Columbia; Representative George W. Gekas, Chairman, Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law; Senator Charles E. Grassley, Chairman, Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Court; Representative Henry J. Hyde, Chairman, Committee on the Judiciary; and Senator Ted Stevens, Chairman, Committee on Governmental Affairs regarding prompt passage the Administrative Dispute Resolution Act of 1996 (ADRA).
  • May 13, 1987
    Letter addressed to Rosemary M Collyer, General Counsel of the National  Relations Board in opposition to the Board’s proposed realignment of regional office jurisdictions insofar as they affect  Baltimore Regional Office (Region 5).
Law Practice Management
  • October 21, 2002
    Letter Concerning the Master Business License to Sharon Ambrose, Chair of the Committee on Consumer and Regulatory Affairs
  • October 18, 2002
    Statement concerning the D.C. Master Business License.             
  • December 22, 2000
    Statement opposing the proposal of the D.C. Bar Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Section to require mandatory use of recycled paper for court filings in the District of Columbia and supporting electronic filing as an alternative.
  • February 2, 1993
    Memorandum of Amici Curiae in Support of Defendant Eleanor Holmes Norton’s Opposition to Plaintiffs’ Application for Preliminary Injunction, Robert H. Michael, et al. v. Donald Y. Anderson, et al., Civil Action No. 93-0039.
  • November 1, 1985
    David B Dorsey, Law Office Management Conference at the NY State Bar, Albany, NY October 28, 1985.
  • October 24, 1985
    Letter to Terry Brooks, New York State Bar, concerning law office economics and Management activities from David Dorsey.
  • September 1, 1983
    Proposed comments regarding the proposed amendments to Rule 46-I(c)(3) of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals (Admission of Attorneys by Motion).
Litigation
  • October 10, 2012
    Public Statement Regarding the Video Visitation Policy of the D.C.
    Department of Corrections
  • December 8, 2010
    Statement Opposing the Mayor’s Recommendation to Cut $1.7 Million in Civil Legal Services.
  • April 28, 2010
    Statement opposing the Mayor’s recommendation to cut $1 million in civil legal services and loan forgiveness.
  • July 28, 2009
    Statement opposing the Mayor’s recommendation to cut $1.8 million in civil legal services and loan forgiveness.
  • April 23, 2009
    Statement About the Appointment of Judges to the D.C. Federal Bench.
  • August 7, 2008
    Comments to the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) about proposed standards requiring disclosure of loss contingencies arising from pending or threatened litigation.
  • October 1, 2007
    Statement on the Mediation of Civil Actions by the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.
  • January 18, 2006
    Statement regarding Congressional Voting Rights for Residents of the District of Columbia.
  • February 20, 2001
    Proposed Amendments to Rule 58 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 4(A)(7) of the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure.
  • December 22, 2000
     Statement opposing the proposal of the D.C. Bar Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Section requiring mandatory use of recycled paper for court filings in the District of Columbia and supporting electronic filing as an alternative.
  • April 6, 1999
    Statement on proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
  • September 30, 1998
    Statement concerning the need for nomination and confirmation of Federal judges.
  • August 6, 1996
    Comments in a letter to John W. Hill Jr., Executive Director, D.C. Financial Authority and Dr. Franklin L. Smith, Superintendent, D.C. Public Schools, regarding proposed Legal Assistance to the D.C. Financial Authority and the D.C. Public Schools.
  • February 27, 1996
    Comments to the Hon. Peter G. McCabe, Secretary, Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure, Judicial Conference of the United States, regarding proposed Amendments to Rules 26(c), 47(a) and 48 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
  • January 20, 1995
    Comments by the Litigation Section and the Courts, Lawyers and the Administration of Justice Section regarding proposed amendments to the Superior Court Rules.
  • May 24, 1994
    Comments on the proposed amendments to Local Rule 107 for the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia.
  • June 11, 1993
    Comments to the Subcommittee on Intellectual Property and Judicial Administration of the House Judiciary Committee on the proposed Disclosure Amendments to Rule 26(a)(1) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
  • April 15, 1993
    Comments on the draft report of the Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Group for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.             
  • February 10, 1993
    Memorandum to the Chief Justice of the United States and the Associate Justices of the Supreme Court: Comments on proposed "Disclosure" Amendment to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(A)(1).
  • August 21, 1992
    Comments regarding proposed statement to the Judicial Conference of the United States on the proposed Disclosure Amendment to Rule 26(a) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
  • July 13, 1987
    Proposed comments on the initial report of the District of Columbia Superior Court Sentencing Guidelines Commission.
  • October 28, 1985
    Comments on proposed changes to the local rules of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
  • June 10, 1985
    Report on civil discovery abuse and the implementation of sanctions for discovery abuse under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
  • February 14, 1985
    Two letters addressed to the Honorable Wilhelmina Rolark, Chairperson of the Judiciary Committee of the D.C. City Council, in support of the D.C. Superior Court’s Multi-Door Dispute Resolution Program.
  • September 5, 1984
    Comments concerning the proposed District of Columbia Court of Appeals Rules.
  • April 9, 1984
    Comments on proposed amendments to Rule 6 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure.
  • February 9, 1984
    Comments on August 1983 proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
  • December 9, 1983
    Comments concerning proposed Rule 43(c)(5) of the Superior Court Criminal Rules (Presence of Defendant).
  • September 20, 1983
    Comment on H.R., 3920, a bill to authorize the D.C. Council to enact any act relating to the organization, jurisdiction and rules of the Landlord Tenant Branch in the Small Claims and Conciliation Branch of the Superior Court.
  • September 9, 1983
    Comments on proposed amendments to Rule 46-I(c)(3), Admission of Attorneys by Motion.
Real Estate, Housing and Land Use
  • November 5, 1999
    Letter to Legal Times regarding opposition to recommendations of the D.C. Bar Landlord and Tenant Task Force Report.             
  • June 3, 1993
    Letter to Council member Nathanson on D.C. Council Bill 10-88, the “Uniform Property Conveyancing Revision Act of 1993.”
  • February 2, 1993
    Memorandum of Amici Curiae in Support of Defendant Eleanor Holmes Norton’s Opposition to Plaintiffs’ Application for Preliminary Injunction, Robert H. Michael, et al. v. Donald Y. Anderson, et al., Civil Action No. 93-0039.
  • February 27, 1992
    Comments on the Proposal to Tax Professional Services in the District of Columbia, Bill 9-454.
  • May 22, 1991
    Letter to the D.C. Rental Housing Commission requesting clarification of its position on regulations governing implementation of rent ceiling adjustments of general applicability.
  • February 13, 1991
    Letter to Mayor Sharon Pratt Dixon in support of funding for the D.C. Rental Accommodations and Conversion Division and the D.C.  Rental Housing Commission.
  • January 19, 1990
    Rental Housing Committee: Comments regarding proposed regulations to implement the Rental Housing Act of 1985: Capitol Improvements Amendment Act of 1989.
  • February 2, 1989
    Zoning and Land Use Committee: Comments on proposed amendments to the rules governing pre-hearing submission in cases before the D.C. Zoning Commission.
  • November 29, 1988
    Letter to the Hon. John Ray, Chair, Committee on Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, D.C. Council, expressing concern with regard to the serious staff shortage presently experienced in the Office of the D.C. Zoning Administrator.
  • May 27, 1988
    Comments submitted to the D.C. City Council Committee on Finance and Revenue concerning the D.C. Recordation and Transfer of Economic Interests in Real Property Tax Emergency Amendment Act of 1988, Bill -7455.
  • May 3, 1988
    Rental Housing Committee: Proposed letter addressed to Howard E. Lewis, Rent Administrator of the Rental Accommodations and Conversion Division, D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, concerning long delays in obtaining decisions from the agency on petitions of all types due to lack of inadequate word processing resources.
  • April 30, 1987
    Letter addressed to the Hon. John Ray, Chair of the District of Columbia Committee on Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, in support of Bill 7-136, the "District of Columbia Condominium Act of  1976 Reform Amendments Act of 1987."
  • March 18, 1987
    Committee on Rental Housing: Proposed guidelines for implementing automatic and vacancy adjustments to rents and rent ceilings under the Rental Housing Act of 1985, D.C. Law 6-10.
  • February 18, 1986
    Rental Housing Committee: Proposed comments on Rental Housing Commission’s Regulation, promulgated pursuant to the provisions of the Rental Housing Act of 1985.
  • December 4, 1985
    Proposed testimony in support of D.C. City Council Bill 6-310 "The Real Property Conveyancing Revision Act of 1985."
  • February 25, 1985
    Letter addressed to the Hon. Wilhelmina Rolark urging the D.C. City Council to include funding for the Superior Court’s Multi-Door project in the FY 1986 budget.
  • January 8, 1985
    Letter to D.C. Law Revision Commission recommending reforming and revising the real property laws of D.C.
  • September 9, 1983
    Proposed comments to proposed amendments to Rule 46-I(c)(3).
  • September 9, 1983
    Report of the Division 15 Committee on proposed amendments to the District of Columbia Condominium Act.             
  • May 7, 1980
    Letter to Cindy Gist, Committee on Finance and Revenue, District of Columbia City Counsel, on Titles I and IV of proposed Bill 3-285, the District of Columbia Revenue Act, provisions on transfer taxes.
Taxation
  • December 21, 2005
    Request for guidance from the IRS and the Department of the Treasury concerning the continued application of the Kimbell-Diamond doctrine
  • July 7, 2004
    Comment letter on I.R.S. Revenue Ruling 2004-43, 2004-18 I.R.B.842 (partnership "anti-mixing bowl rules")
  • November 25, 2003
    Comment letter on proposed I.R.S. and Treasury rules regarding assumption of liabilities in “nonrecognition transactions.”
  • February 4, 2003
    Comments on Temporary and Proposed Regulations Regarding the Requirement to Maintain a List of Investors in Potentially Abusive Tax Shelters submitted by the D.C. Bar Taxation Section.
  • February 2, 2001
    Comments on application of provisions of the Internal Revenue Code governing exempt organizations to activities which those organizations conduct on the Internet and whether clarification is needed regarding the application of those provisions to such activities.
  • November 2, 1998
    Comments on proposed interim regulations on intermediate sanctions by the Internal Revenue Service.
  • June 18, 1997
    Letter to Dr. Natwar Gandhi, Deputy Chief Financial Officer for Tax and Revenue for the D.C. Government, about the administration of taxes.
  • May 6, 1997
    Letter to Hon. J. Robert Kerrey and Hon. Rob Portman, Co-Chairs of the National Commission on Restructuring the Internal Revenue Service, concerning the future regulation of Employee Plans and Exempt Organization matters.
  • December 12, 1996
    Comments on I.R.S. regulations on “ Intermediate Sanctions” legislation enacted as part of the Taxpayer Bill of Rights 2.
  • December 9, 1996
    Comments on 1997 Treasury/I.R.S. Guidance Priorities List.
  • July 11, 1996
    Comments in a letter to Evelyn A. Petschek, Assistant Commissioner, Employment Plans and Exempt Organizations, Internal Revenue Service, regarding proposed Precedential Guidance to be issued by the Internal Revenue Service.
  • June 10, 1996
    Comments in a letter to the Honorable James R. Murphy, Acting Chair, Board of Real Property Assessments and Appeals, regarding proposed rules of procedure to be adopted by the Board of Real Property Assessments and Appeals (BRPAA) for the District of Columbia.
  • February 21, 1996
    Comments regarding the Department of Labor’s Proposed Regulation Relating to the Definition of Plan Assets; Participant Contributions.             
  • December 18, 1995
    Comments in a letter to Margaret Milner Richardson, IRS Commissioner, and Leslie B. Samuels, Assistant Secretary, U.S. Treasury, commending the recent efforts of Treasury and IRS to present information (including prototype tax forms) to Congress regarding the potential complexity of proposed tax legislation.
  • November 28, 1994
    Comments in a letter to all members of the Senate Finance Committee regarding provisions of H.R. 3419, the Tax Simplification and Technical Corrections Act of 1993.
  • July 18, 1994
    Comments in a letter to Chairman David Clark and Council members of the Council of the District of Columbia, regarding Bill No. 10-711  - The Arena Tax Amendment Act of 1994.
  • July 15, 1994
    Pre-regulation comments in a letter to the Honorable Leslie B. Samuels, regarding Section 108© of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 pertaining to qualified real property business indebtedness.
  • June 16, 1994
     Pre-regulation comments to U.S. Dept. of Treasury and the I.R.S. on Section 469(c)(7) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 pertaining to passive loss relief for real estate professionals.
  • May 9, 1994
    Comments regarding Title III of D.C. Act 10-225, imposing a special public safety fee.
  • September 23, 1993
    Comments to the Internal Revenue Service regarding regulations under ERISA Section 204(h).
  • April 21, 1993
    Testimony before the Subcommittee on Oversight, Ways and Means Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, regarding implementation of the Internal Revenue Service’s Nonfiler Initiative.
  • April 7, 1993
    Comments on proposed regulation Section 1.704-3 pertaining to allocations in connection with built-in gain or loss property contributed to partnerships.
  • December 22, 1992
    Comments to Internal Revenue Service in a Letter to Hon. Shirley D. Peterson, Commissioner, on the Proposed Amendments to Circular 230, 31 CFR, Part 10, IA-20-92 RIN 1545-AQ56.
  • December 7, 1992
    Comments on the Treasury Department/Internal Revenue Service 1993 Business Plan for Administrative Guidance.
  • April 6, 1992
    Comments on the proposed District of Columbia Nonprofit Corporation  Act of 1991, Bill 9-316.
  • February 27, 1992
    Comments on the proposed District of Columbia Professional License Amendment Act of 1992, Bill 9-454.
  • February 11, 1992
    Letter to John A. Wilson, Chairman of the Council of the District of Columbia, regarding the official comment procedures for the proposed tax on legal services. Included: Memo from James Robertson, D.C. Bar President, to Section Chairs, outlining expedited review procedures for comments on proposed tax on legal services.
  • November 25, 1991
    Comment on certain estate and gift tax provisions of the Tax Simplification Act of 1991.
  • March 28, 1991
    Comment on proposed regulations disallowing a deduction for interest paid on tax deficiencies by businesses under Section 6621 of the Internal Revenue Code, enacted by the Revenue Reconciliation Act of 1990.
  • March 22, 1990
    Letter to Kenneth Klein, Associate Chief Counsel, I.R.S., recommending how the I.R.S. could use its resources more effectively in the ruling area.
  • March 12, 1990
    Proposed legal services tax legislation.
  • March 6, 1990
    Proposed comments on the D.C. Professional Services Sales and Use Tax legislation.
  • November 20, 1989
    Letter to Messrs. Nicholas Brady, Richard Darman, Lloyd Bentsen and Dan Rostenkowski urging the legislative and executive branches of government to approve a larger allocation of budgeted funds to the I.R.S.
  • July 31, 1989
    Comments to the Commissioner of Internal Revenue Service regarding proposed regulations on lobbying by public charities.
  • December 22, 1988
    Comments on the draft report of the House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee’s Oversight Subcommittee describing recommendations on the unrelated business tax.
  • September 19, 1988
    Proposed letter to Ronald A. Pearlman, Chief of Staff, Joint Committee on Taxation, re pending technical corrections to the welfare plan non-discrimination rules of Section 89 (H.R. 4333 and S. 2238).
  • March 18, 1987
    Proposed letter addressed to the Commissioner of Internal Revenue Service in opposition to proposed lobbying regulations to implement Section 1307 of the Tax Reform Act of 1976, PL 944 - 455.
  • February 13, 1987
    Proposed amendments to Circular 230, 31 C.F.R. Part 10.
  • February 10, 1987
    U.S. Department of the Treasury’s proposed "due diligence" and "substantial authority" modifications to regulations practice before the Internal Revenue Service.
  • May 6, 1986
    Employee Benefits Committee: Letter to the Commissioner of the I.R.S., in opposition to proposed regulations on availability of alternative forms of benefits under qualified plans [Sections 1.401(a)-4 and 1.411 (d)-4].
  • November 21, 1985
    Letter to Joseph K. Dowley, Chief Counsel, House Committee on Ways and Means, in support of a legislation proposal to extend provisions of the Equal Access to Justice Act regarding reimbursement of attorney’s fees to Section 7430 of the International Revenue Code.
  • August 27, 1985
    The President’s proposal to limit the use of the cash method of accounting.
  • April 29, 1980
    Comments on the proposal to extend the sales and use tax to professional services before the Committee on Finance and Revenue of the Council of the District of Columbia.
Tort Law
  • April 28, 2010
    Cosponsor Statement by the Litigation Section opposing the Mayor’s recommendation to cut $1 million in civil legal services and loan forgiveness.
  • April 11, 2003
    Proposed Revision to Rule 7.1 of the Rules of Professional Conduct.             
  • December 20, 2001
    Statement in opposition to the Proposed “District of Columbia Governmental Immunity Reform Act of 2001.”
  • February 22, 2000
    Statement in opposition to restricting peremptory challenges.
  • January 13, 1999
    Statement on medical malpractice reform.
  • September 23, 1998
    Statement on appreciation of jury service.
  • May 1, 1998
    Endorsement in support of the April 27, 1998 comments of the Courts, Lawyers and the Administration of Justice and proposed amendments to the federal rules.
  • January 13, 1998
    Letter to Daniel A. Rezneck, General Counsel of the District of Columbia Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority, asserting that there is no need to enact medical malpractice reform.             
  • January 3, 1997
    Comments to the D.C. Superior Court regarding proposed amendment of Rule 68 of the Superior Court Rules of Civil Procedure, the “Offer of Judgment” rule.
  • June 8, 1987
    Proposed guidelines for the prosecution of medical malpractice claims against physicians.
  • January 8, 1980
    Comments on no-fault insurance, and city council bills, 3-36 "Motor Vehicle Accident Victim Protection Act of 1979," 3-116 "District of Columbia No-Fault Motor Vehicle Insurance Act" and 3-216 "District of Columbia Motor Vehicle Protection Act."