Special Membership Meeting (VIRTUAL)

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

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Special Membership Meeting (VIRTUAL)

Wednesday, April 27, 2022 - UPDATE
4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Eastern

Pursuant to Rule VI, Section 2 of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals Rules Governing the District of Columbia Bar, the D.C. Bar will hold a special membership meeting at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, 2022.

Per DCCA Rule II, Section 4, only active members of the D.C. Bar who attend the meeting will be eligible to vote, and no member shall be entitled to be represented and vote by proxy.

Members will be asked to consider and vote upon three previously approved member resolutions concerning the Bar’s authority to:

  1. lobby Congress regarding funding for D.C. Courts,
  2. make public statements in support of funding for proposals recommended by the D.C. Access to Justice Commission intended to improve the delivery of civil legal services in the District, and
  3. make public statements that advocate for the timely confirmation of judges to the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

A fourth resolution that would permit the Board to make non-partisan public statements and recommendations about the independence of the judiciary and the role of the profession in supporting and advancing the rule of law will also be presented for consideration and a vote.

View the proposed resolutions in their entirety here.


Special Membership Meeting Voting Results

After verification of D.C. Bar members’ ACTIVE status, below are the results of the polls conducted during the Special Membership Meeting Zoom Webinar on April 27, 2022.

    In Favor   Opposed   Abstain   TOTAL
Resolution 1
Court Funding
  238   25   9   277
Resolution 2
Access to Justice
  245   27   9   281
Resolution 3
D.C. Court Vacancies
  246   28   10   284
Resolution 4
Independence of
Judiciary and Rule of Law
  227   44   14   285

Please note D.C. Bar staff are working internally to review the various questions and comments that were raised during the meeting and will follow up with additional information once that review is complete.

June 24, 2022 UPDATE: We have completed the review of questions and comments raised during and after the special membership meeting, and spoken with members who sought specific consultation and follow-up. As a result of these efforts, we plan to implement certain procedural changes in future special membership meetings to better meet the needs of our members.

Questions? Please contact us at [email protected].