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Bar, D.C. Courts Host Delegation of Chinese Judges

By Jeffery Leon

January 29, 2018

Bar, D.C. Courts Host Delegation of Chinese Judges on January 23, 2018

On January 23 a delegation of 20 judges from the Guangxi Province of Southern China visited the D.C. Bar headquarters and met with leaders of the Bar and the D.C. Courts.

The visit, part of the Bar’s larger effort to explore issues arising from the globalization of legal practice and to reach out to members from across the world, provided the delegation an overview of the Bar’s work, the role of the D.C. Courts, and the collaborative relationship between the two.

Among those who welcomed the visitors were D.C. Bar CEO Robert Spagnoletti, President Patrick McGlone, and President-elect Esther Lim; D.C. Court of Appeals Chief Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby; and D.C. Superior Court Chief Judge Robert Morin.

During the panel discussion, the visitors learned about the D.C. judicial nomination process, the various responsibilities of the D.C. Bar, and where the bench and bar work together, including attorney discipline, the selection and review of judicial appointments, and efforts to increase access to justice.

Cynthia Roseberry, executive director of the Council for Court Excellence, was also in attendance to talk about her organization’s mission to enhance the justice system in the District of Columbia and its collaborations with various stakeholders, including the Bar and the D.C. Courts.

The visit was an opportunity for the different groups to share information about the U.S. and Chinese approach to improve the justice system, and for the Bar to connect with its counterparts abroad.

Read more about the Bar’s Global Legal Practice Task Force, which was created in 2015 to study and make recommendations about the global issues affecting the profession.