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September 24, 2021

Panelists Shed Light on Origins, Relevance of International Humanitarian Law

By Richard Blaustein

The situation in Afghanistan is just one example of the violence persisting throughout the world that summons international humanitarian law, which focuses on limiting the effects of armed conflict on civilians, soldiers, relief workers, and others who are in or near hostilities.

Cryptocurrencies and Blockchains

September 07, 2021

Cryptocurrency Expert Offers Background on Regulation of New Financial Offerings

By Jeremy Conrad

To help attorneys advance their understanding of cryptocurrency and new financial offerings that are changing the investment world, the D.C. Bar recently hosted a CLE course by Eric L. Guthrie, director of training programs for the Government Blockchain Association and author of the award-winning book Blockchain or Die: Learn to Profit From Cryptocurrencies and Blockchains.

D.C. Superior Court

September 02, 2021

Superior Court Issues Order Regarding Access to Juvenile Records

On September 1 the Superior Court of the District of Columbia issued Administrative Order 21-11 authorizing the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) to inspect, compile, and analyze data regarding programming provided by the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services.

D.C. Superior Court

September 02, 2021

Superior Court Allows Ayuda Employees to Provide Pro Bono Services

The Superior Court of the District of Columbia issued Administrative Order 21-10 on September 1, authorizing Ayuda employees who are not members of the District of Columbia Bar to provide pro bono and low bono legal services in the court’s Family Court, Domestic Violence Division, and Small Claims and Conciliation Branch within the Civil Division.

International Law

September 01, 2021

International Law Experts Discuss Implications of Nestlé Decision

By William Roberts

The Washington Foreign Law Society hosted in late August an online forum on the U.S. Supreme Court’s June ruling in Nestlé USA, Inc. v. Doe, consolidated with Cargill, Inc. v. Doe, which held that the Alien Tort Statute (ATS) does not support claims against U.S. corporations based on allegations of child slavery in foreign lands.

Judge

August 19, 2021

Comment on Judge Thompson’s Application for Senior Status

The D.C. Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure is inviting comments on the qualifications and fitness of Judge Phyllis Thompson, who is seeking recommendation for an initial appointment as a senior judge on the D.C. Court of Appeals upon her retirement in September.

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