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Bob Spagnoletti

April 26, 2024

At Judicial Luncheon, D.C. Courts and D.C. Bar Leaders Celebrate Strong Partnership

By John Murph

On April 25, the District of Columbia bench and bar came together at the D.C. Bar headquarters for the 2024 Judicial Leadership Luncheon. Themed “Next Generation of the D.C. Bar: Preparing for the Future,” the event highlighted some of the challenges the D.C. Bar, the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center, and the D.C. Courts are facing as well as some their respective accomplishments.

Charles R. Lowery Jr.

April 26, 2024

Bar Leaders Sound Alarm on Steep Cuts to D.C. Civil Legal Aid Funding

By Jeremy Conrad

D.C. Bar President Charles R. Lowery Jr. and D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center Executive Director Kelli Neptune joined more than 100 representatives of legal services organizations on April 25 in calling for the restoration of more than $21 million in access to justice funding that D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is seeking to cut in her fiscal year 2025 budget proposal.

D.C. Bar Annual Awards

April 19, 2024

Bar Announces 2024 Annual Award Winners

By John Murph

The D.C. Bar has selected the winners of its 2024 Annual Awards honoring individuals and organizations whose outstanding work and exceptional projects benefited Bar membership, enriched the legal community, and expanded access to justice.

Stephen J. Pollak

February 20, 2024

D.C. Bar Remembers Legal Legend Stephen Pollak

By John Murph

The D.C. Bar joins the legal community in mourning the loss of civil rights champion Stephen J. Pollak, former president of the Bar and who many considered the “godfather” of the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center. Pollak passed away on February 3 at age 95.

Deaf Dog and the Indictments

June 23, 2023

Washington, D.C.’s Own All-Judge Band Returns to the Stage

By John Funk

Eighteen years ago, a group of D.C. Superior Court associate and magistrate judges formed a blues band on a whim for a judicial conference talent show. And in the nearly two decades since, they’ve continued to rock out on local stages.

Justice Scale

May 02, 2023

Conference Panel Reiterates Need to Prioritize Access to Justice

By John Funk

At a crucial moment when the need for affordable legal services continues to rise, a panel of the District of Columbia’s top advocates of legal services met to discuss the importance, the challenges, and the future of access to justice in Washington, D.C.

Access to Justice Initiative

April 18, 2023

D.C. Legal Community Comes Out in Force to Support Access to Justice Initiative

By John Funk

Legal services providers, advocates, and other community members rallied in support of Washington D.C.’s Access to Justice Initiative at a D.C. Council Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety hearing April 13, urging the District’s legislative body to preserve funding at fiscal year 2023 levels.