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D.C. Bar Rebrands Two Communities to Better Reflect Mission

By Jeffery Leon

June 27, 2019

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Effective July 1, the D.C. Bar Communities Office is rebranding two of its communities. Formerly Government Contracts and Litigation, the Community has changed its name to simply Government Contracts. To represent their targeted practice areas more accurately, the Courts, Lawyers, and the Administration of Justice Community has rebranded itself as Public Interest and Courts.

“It is important to these communities that their names are reflective of their mission,” says Candace Smith-Tucker, director of the D.C. Bar Communities. “By rebranding the community names, members will be able to identify and associate with the substantive groups that are discussing the issues prominent to their practices, which increases engagement and aids career development.”

By removing the word “litigation” in its title, the Government Contracts Community clarifies that the community’s focus is not on trial skills and effective advocacy for litigators in general. Instead, it concentrates on issues and challenges facing private, in-house, and government procurement professionals, including but not limited to litigation.

The rebranded Public Interest and Courts Community will focus on issues affecting low-income and marginalized populations and their access to affordable counsel and pro bono representation. The community’s mission also will cover the administration of the court system, changes to court rules and procedures, the relationship between the bench and the Bar, and ethics within the disciplinary system.

Recent Public Interest and Courts Community programs have covered topics such as mediation, pro bono and low bono expansion, the right to counsel, the transgender military ban, and the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act.