D.C. Bar Nominations Committee Announces Candidates for Bar Office
March 13, 2018—The D.C. Bar Nominations Committee has selected Susan M. Hoffman, partner at Crowell & Moring LLP, and Bridget Bailey Lipscomb, assistant director at the U.S. Department of Justice, as candidates for D.C. Bar president-elect for the 2018–2019 term.
Women in the Law Speak Their Truth
March 9, 2018—In the March 2018 Washington Lawyer, writer Jeffery Leon spoke to five outstanding women lawyers who have broken down barriers and are making their mark in the legal profession. In expanded excerpts of those interviews, four share their experiences about the challenges women face in an industry still dominated by men.
Call for Nominations for D.C. Bar Annual Awards
March 8, 2018—The D.C. Bar will honor some of its most outstanding members and exceptional projects at the Celebration of Leadership on June 12, 2018.
Disciplinary Decisions Now Available on Fastcase
March 7, 2018—Disciplinary decisions that are available on the "Disciplinary Decisions" tab on the Board on Professional Responsibility’s web page are now also available on Fastcase.
Solo Practitioner Ed Varrone: ‘Every Day Is an Adventure’
March 5, 2018—Solo practitioner, Ed Varrone, discusses his career evolution - noting that the diversity in cases is a big draw for him as “every day is a new adventure.”
Bar Seeks Candidates for 2018 Committee and Board Vacancies
February 28, 2018—The D.C. Bar Board of Governors is seeking candidates for appointment this spring to six committees. The deadline to apply for these vacancies is March 2, 2018.
Bar Begins Processing of Certificate of Good Standing Requests
February 26, 2018—Certificates of Good Standing are now issued by the D.C. Bar on behalf of the D.C. Court of Appeals Committee on Admissions.
Nearby Parking to the D.C. Bar Headquarters
February 23, 2018—Coming to an event at the D.C. Bar? Check out the parking near our new headquarters. Parking at our new HQ will begin March 1.
The Legal Consequences of Saying #MeToo
February 20, 2018—The #MeToo movement is an important one, but lawyers caution those who want to share their stories to pause a moment first to determine if the cost of speaking out outweighs the benefit.
Jon Decker: White House Correspondent Adds J.D. to Name
February 19, 2018—Jon Decker’s recent achievement might be hard to top. After passing the D.C. Bar exam late last year, this Fox News Radio correspondent became the only daily member of the White House press corps with a law degree.
CLE Program Hosts First Class in New HQ
February 16, 2018—On Thursday, February 15, the D.C. Bar Continuing Legal Education Program hosted its first course in the Bar’s new headquarters!
Call for Comments on Judge Sherry Moore Trafford
February 15, 2018—The Committee on the Selection and Tenure of Magistrate Judges calls for comments on the performance of Magistrate Judge Sherry Moore Trafford.
Can They Fire You for That?
February 15, 2018—One wrong tweet and you’re toast? In this brave new world of 24/7 social media broadcasting, employers have the ability to monitor their employee’s feeds—and may not like what they see.
How Do Lawyers Say ‘I Love You’?
February 14, 2018—How do I love you? Let lawyers count the way. Check out our quirky legal Valentine's and get in on the fun by submitting your own!
D.C. Superior Court Amends Small Claims Arbitration Rules
February 13, 2018—The Board of Judges of the Superior Court approved amendments to Superior Court Rules of Procedure for the Small Claims and Conciliation Branch 1-18 and Small Claims Arbitration Rules 1-6 and deletion of Small Claims Conciliation Rules 1-4. The amendments and deletions are effective March 12, 2018.
D.C. Courts Announces New 5-Year Strategic Plan
February 7, 2018—The D.C. Courts released its strategic plan for 2018 to 2022. The Courts’ theme for this five-year plan is Open to All, Trusted by All, Justice for All.
SBA’s Catalina Martinez on Pro Bono Work: ‘Attorneys Have So Much Power to Help’
February 5, 2018—When Hurricane Irma struck in 2017, the Small Business Administration put out a call for employees willing to go to Florida to help. From late September to late November, attorney Catalina Martinez traded her desk in D.C. for 9 to 14 hours a day at a makeshift office in Miami.
Comment on Candidates for Reappointment and Senior Judge Status
February 1, 2018—The D.C. Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure invites comments on the qualifications of two Judges, one who is seeking reappointment, and one who is seeking an initial appointment as a Senior Judge. The deadline for comments is March 9.
ACLU’s David Cole: ‘Protecting the First Amendment Is Fighting for Justice’
January 31, 2018—ACLU national legal director David Cole discusses First Amendment rights, and the importance of protecting all speech.
Bauman: What Social Justice Issues Keep Me Up at Night
January 31, 2018—February’s Washington Lawyer talked to the social justice changemakers at the D.C. Bar, from attorneys protecting the right to bear arms to those defending LGBTQ rights. As part of the Member Spotlight, Tristia Bauman, senior attorney at the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, talks what social justice issue keeps her up at night.
D.C. Superior Court Judge Johnson Seeks Reappointment
January 29, 2018—This is to notify members of the bench, bar, and general public that Magistrate Judge Noel T. Johnson has declared his candidacy for reappointment as a Magistrate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Magistrate Judge Johnson’s term will expire on April 4, 2018.
Bar, D.C. Courts Host Delegation of Chinese Judges
January 29, 2018—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.
D.C. Court of Appeals to Begin Mandatory eFiling
January 25, 2018—The District of Columbia Court of Appeals will begin mandatory electronic filing and service starting February 20, 2018.
On Immigration: To Help Immigrants, Targeted Response Is Key
January 25, 2018—In the first "On Immigration" column from the D.C. Bar, Michael Lukens, pro bono director of the CAIR Coalition, reflects on his organization’s work a year after Trump’s first travel ban was issued.
Third Graders Acquit the Big Bad Wolf in Mock Trial
January 25, 2018—The fairytale villain the Big Bad Wolf found a sympathetic jury of third graders, and was acquitted of charges of breaking and entering.
2017 Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll Enrollment Opens
January 23, 2018—Did you devote 50 hours or more to pro bono service in 2017? If so, register your name for the District of Columbia Courts’ Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll by March 1, 2018.
Bhushan: Giving Up Is Not an Option
January 22, 2018—Geetanjali Bhushan knows from the twists and turns in her career that life does not always go according to even the best-laid plans.
CAIR Expands Work Fighting for Immigrants’ Rights
January 12, 2018—CAIR Coalition recently launched Immigration Impact Lab, a two-attorney program that zeroes in on appellate litigation.
Judicial Nomination Commission Recommends Three Candidates for D.C. Superior Court Vacancy
January 10, 2018—The Judicial Nomination Commission has recommended to the President three individuals for his consideration in selecting a nominee to fill a D.C. Superior Court judicial vacancy, created by the retirement of Judge Frederick H. Weisberg.
Timmy Finch: Turning Passion for Cycling Into Advocacy
January 8, 2018—Bike Law attorney, Timothy Finch, discusses turning a passion into a profession.
D.C. Court of Appeals Seeks Applicants for Vacancy on Committee on Admissions
January 5, 2018—The D.C. Court of Appeals is seeking applications for a vacancy on the Committee on Admissions. Applications due by Friday, February 16, 2018.
How to Create a Unique Brand
January 3, 2018—Stand out in a sea of legal providers with tips from the D.C. Bar Communities program “Establishing a Unique Brand as a Legal Professional," January 9.
Seven Steps to Refresh Yourself in the New Year
January 1, 2018—As the year begins the D.C. Bar Lawyer Assistance Program offers seven tips to begin 2018 refreshed and ready to take on a new year both professionally and personally.
JNC Recommends Replacement Candidate for DC Superior Court Vacancy
December 28, 2017—The District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission has advised the President that Magdalena Acevedo, who had been recommended for his consideration in filling the judicial vacancy on the D.C. Superior Court created by the retirement of the Judge Zoe A. Bush has withdrawn from consideration.
Give the Gift of Justice This Holiday Season
December 26, 2017—Read about D.C. resident Ms. M, who was one of the more than 17,000 low-income individuals and families in the District of Columbia that received critical legal assistance with help from the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center over the last year.
Bar CEO Talks Favorite Legal Movie With the Post
December 26, 2017—D.C. Bar CEO Robert Spagnoletti was interviewed by the Washington Post on his favorite movie about the legal profession.
Dashing Through the Snow to Serve the Community
December 21, 2017—Neither rain nor sleet nor snow kept volunteers away from the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center’s Advice & Referral Clinic on Saturday, December 9.
Record Number of Attorneys Sworn In to the D.C. Bar
December 14, 2017—In ceremonies on December 4 and another on December 18, 2017, the D.C. Court of Appeals will swear in over 700 new lawyers to the D.C. Bar.
JNC Recommends Candidates for DC Superior Court Vacancies
December 13, 2017—The D.C. Judicial Nomination Commission has forwarded to the President the names of six candidates for consideration in selecting nominees to fill judicial vacancies on the D.C. Superior Court.
Carroll Savage: ERISA Expert Who Sailed Through His Career
December 11, 2017—If it wasn’t for Carroll Savage's important role in the world of retirement benefits, this could be seen as a story of a lawyer who found another calling in sailing.
Holiday Marketing Tactics That Work
December 8, 2017—Mary Ellen Hickman, business and marketing strategist at Hickman Consulting Partners, gifts you with holiday marketing tips that show that a little investment now can generate new clients and additional business in the new year.
Bar Seeks Nominees for 2018 Rosenberg, Marshall Awards
December 7, 2017—The D.C. Bar is calling for nominations for its 2018 Beatrice Rosenberg Award and its 2018 Thurgood Marshall Award. Both awards will be presented at the Celebration of Leadership: The D.C. Bar Awards Dinner and Annual Meeting, on June 12.
Comment on Proposed Change to Brady Rule
December 4, 2017—The D.C. District Court for the District of Columbia has issued a notice on the proposed Brady rule.
Tips for Staying Balanced This Holiday Season
December 1, 2017—Practical tips from the D.C. Bar's Lawyer Assistance Program for surviving, and thriving, during the holidays.
Support the Pro Bono Center Through the Combined Federal Campaign
November 28, 2017—Federal employees can help provide legal services with a contribution to the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center through the Combined Federal Campaign.
Our Neighbors Depend on Your Support
November 28, 2017—D.C. Bar members like you make it possible for the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center to provide immediate legal consultation to vulnerable members of the community.
Jim Wang: How Citizenship Paved Path to Law Career
November 27, 2017—Jim Wang, an associate with Jones Day’s, shares how his love for law and politics led him to his first vote in the 2008 presidential election.
4 Legal Tips From the Commercial Real Estate World
November 21, 2017—What does a day in the life of a commercial real estate attorney look like? On November 16 J.J. Sherman, founder and principal of the Law Offices of J.J. Sherman, offered insight into the practice during a Small Firm Lunch and Learn session hosted by the D.C. Bar Practice Management Advisory Service.
Food Fight: D.C. Central Kitchen’s Unique Approach to Fighting Hunger
November 20, 2017—Alexander Moore, chief development officer of D.C. Central Kitchen, discusses the organization's unique approach to fighting hunger in the District.
NAWJ Honors Chief Judge Blackburne-Rigsby With Edna G. Parker Award
November 17, 2017—D.C. Court of Appeals Chief Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby honored by the National Association of Women Judges-District Four with its Edna G. Parker Award.
Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein Delivers 9th Flannery Lecture
November 15, 2017—On November 1 members of the bench and bar attended the Ninth Annual Judge Thomas A. Flannery Lecture presented by Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein.
Alyssa Senzel: Giving Back Is a Priority
November 13, 2017—To this day Alyssa Senzel's work when she was “just a baby lawyer,” as she calls it, has been one of the most meaningful experiences of her career.
Lessons and Reflections: D.C. Bar Leadership Academy Pro Bono Day of Service
November 9, 2017—D.C. Bar Leadership Academy graduates Charles McCullough and Melanie Bates share their experiences serving on the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center’s Advice & Referral Clinic.
Department of Labor Honored for Commitment to Pro Bono Work
November 3, 2017—Celebrating Pro Bono Week, the D.C. Circuit Judicial Conference hosted its biennial Federal Government Attorney Pro Bono Recognition Reception on October 24.
Did You Know They Were Lawyers?
November 1, 2017—Prominent individuals from art to politics who, you may not know, trained in the law before moving on to other pursuits.
What Causes Are Close to Your Heart?
October 31, 2017—D.C. Bar members discuss the advocacies they're passionate about.
Jeff Feinstein: Teaching Is No Trial to This Former Prosecutor
October 30, 2017—Attorney-turned-teacher, Jeff Feinstein, applies his belief about a lawyer's job of “not to argue but to persuade" to his students, while taking his lessons beyond the classroom and rooting them in the law.
Pro Bono PARTnership Luncheon Highlights Role of Attorney Volunteers
October 27, 2017—Highlights from the annual Pro Bono Partnership (PART) Luncheon on October 25, hosted by Sidley Austin LLP.
Bread for the City’s Miles-Lee: Poverty, Food Access, and How Lawyers Can Help
October 26, 2017—Allison Miles-Lee of Bread for the City discusses issues around aid in D.C. and helping low-income District residents obtain the assistance they need.
Predicting the Future of the Business of Law
October 25, 2017—The Washington Business Journal and the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University host “The Business of Law”, a panel discussion on D.C.’s changing legal landscape.
Mom Finds Advocates in Pro Bono Center Volunteers
October 25, 2017—At first, it was a mother with no counsel against a father with an experienced, paid lawyer. Read Ms. E’s story as she battled for custody of her child with the help of attorneys Katie Towt and Ahuva Battams, who were placed with her through the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center’s Advocacy & Justice Clinic.
DC’s Food Deserts Benefit From Food Overpricing Scheme Settlement Fund
October 16, 2017—Hunton & Williams LLP has obtained court-approval to donate more than $60,000 in remaining funds from a class-action settlement to support nonprofit DC Central Kitchen.
Kate McKnight: Finding Ultimate Satisfaction in Standing Up for Clients
October 15, 2017—McKnight finds the most satisfaction in representing her clients, taking on their anxieties, and managing their legal issues so they don’t have to.
Steven Milloy: Environmental Overregulation Is Costing Us
October 5, 2017—Steven Milloy talks about the cost of environmental over-regulation.
Oceana’s Eric Bilsky: Why Environmental Regulation Matters
October 4, 2017—Oceana’s Eric Bilsky talks about why environmental regulation matters.
Our Membership: What Is Your Favorite Food App?
October 3, 2017—Busy attorneys share their favorite food apps.
Kugel Cook-Off Raises $100K to Support Tzedek DC’s Mission
October 3, 2017—More than 300 members of the local legal community attended Tzedek DC’s Eat Well, Do Justice! event, raising over $100,000 toward Tzedek DC’s mission.
Jennifer Maisel: Patent Attorney Packs a Punch
October 2, 2017—“I discovered cyberspace law and thought, Hey, there aren’t many people who can really bridge that gap between engineering, technology, and law.” Patent attorney Jennifer Maisel bridges the gap, and packs a powerful punch.
7 Big Tax Mistakes to Avoid Before Year End
September 27, 2017—Kim Bey, CPA, writes about the typical, but significant tax mistakes people make that can cost them thousands of dollars.
How to Maximize Productivity: First, Cut the Clutter
September 27, 2017—The D.C. Bar Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP) presented the Lunch-and-Learn session “Clearing Clutter: Tuning in to Time, Space and Mind,” showing attorneys the best methods to clear their workspaces, and their minds.
D.C. Bar Communities Returns to Banneker Science Fair for 21st Year
September 26, 2017—For the twenty-first year in a row, the D.C. Bar Communities Office (formerly Sections) co-sponsors the Benjamin Banneker Academic High School Science Fair.
Called to Action: Attorneys Volunteer at Pro Bono Center’s Immigration Clinic
September 25, 2017—Volunteer attorneys and immigration law mentors assisted 32 clients with immigration questions and concerns at D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center's Immigration Legal Advice & Referral Clinic.
Writing With Clarity: A Legal Argument for the Serial Comma
September 20, 2017—There is no lesson quite so powerful as $10 million in overtime pay because a state left off a comma.
New Communities Hosts First Big Meeting of Season
September 19, 2017—The D.C. Bar was buzzing with Bar and Communities members on September 13, as people networked at the D.C. Bar Communities Connect and Speaker Appreciation Reception.
Michele Zavos: Bringing Compassion to Family Law
September 18, 2017—Throughout her career, Michele Zavos has witnessed monumental societal change, working during the height of the AIDS crisis and at the forefront of LGBT issues and family law.
Building Update: Furniture Delivery Begins
September 18, 2017—Keep up with the latest news and progress as we work to build our new home at 901 4th Street NW.
Judicial Nomination Commission Recommends Candidates for D.C. Superior Court Vacancy
September 14, 2017—The Judicial Nomination Commission has forwarded to the President the names of three lawyers for his consideration in selecting a nominee to fill the judicial vacancy on the D.C. Superior Court created by the retirement of Judge Gregory E. Jackson.
D.C. Bar Names Matthew S. Butler as New COO
September 14, 2017—The District of Columbia Bar has named Matthew S. Butler as its new Chief Operations Officer, making him the fourth most recent member to join the Bar’s Executive Team this year.
After Harvey, Firms Spring Into Action to Help
September 13, 2017—Firms all over the District are rising to the occasion and bringing relief to those impacted by the devastation brought on by Hurricane Harvey.
Cybersecurity Q&A: What’s Your Firm’s Data Breach Response Plan?
September 12, 2017—Paul Alvarez and Jim Bitzes of Ernst & Young LLP tell us how firms can best prepare for a data breach scenario.
September 11, 2017—On the 16th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, we remember the words of former D.C. Bar President John Payton, who passed away in 2012. As president of the Bar at the time, Payton wrote a powerful letter to the staff about the tragedy.
Turkish Law Students Visit D.C. Bar
September 11, 2017—On August 24, 2017, the D.C. Bar hosted a visit by 17 Turkish law students sponsored by the Turkey Foundation for International Legal Cooperation.
No Time to Market Your Firm? Here’s Some Quick Tips
September 6, 2017—Mary Ellen Hickman, a business and marketing strategy consultant and the head of Hickman Consulting Partners, offers tips to law firms and businesses to create effective marketing strategies with measurable results.
Law School Admissions: Is It Time to Drop the LSAT?
September 5, 2017—Is the LSAT’s days as the end-all, be-all gateway to law school coming to an end, making way for the more ubiquitous GRE?
Beyond Philosophy: This Lawyer Wanted Immediate Impact
September 5, 2017—Not that there’s anything wrong with a Ph.D. in philosophy from Columbia University, but for Sirine Shebaya, senior staff attorney at Muslim Advocates, the life of an academic felt a little too theoretical.
D.C. Superior Court Approves Amendments to Rules of Civil Procedure
September 1, 2017—The Board of Judges of the D.C. Superior Court approved the amendments to Superior Court Rules of Civil Procedure.
Eat Well, Do Justice: Kugels for a Good Cause
August 30, 2017—Pairing star chefs with members of the D.C. legal community, Tzedek DC’s Eat Well, Do Justice! 2017 Celebrity Chef Kugel Cook-Off takes place September 25.
Additional Updates: Disaster Relief Help for Texas
August 29, 2017—Want to help your colleagues in Texas? The State Bar of Texas offers a list of resources to connect attorneys to volunteer opportunities to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
D.C. Courts Announces New Technologies, Enhances Accessibility for the Public
August 28, 2017—D.C. Court of Appeals Chief Judge Blackburne-Rigsby and D.C. Superior Court Chief Judge Morin announce new initiatives to enhance electronic court access, providing more information to the public.
Get Your Family Prepped for School With These 6 Tips
August 25, 2017—Law school may prepare you to write briefs and think analytically, but it won’t help you as a parent understand the fast change of pace from summer to school. Check out these tips from the D.C. Bar’s Lawyer Assistance Program to help you get into the groove of a new school year.
The Value of International Experience
August 24, 2017—Long before globalization was a buzzword, Kristen Young knew she had a strong interest in international law. Today, she crosses the globe as a partner in the international arbitration and litigation group at White & Case LLP.
D.C. Bar Meets with Seoul Bar Association
August 24, 2017—In August, the Seoul Bar Association (SBA) visited the D.C. Bar at its headquarters to bolster the relationship between the two.
A Cup of Coffee, a Chat in the Hall – Mentoring Gets Small and Personal
August 23, 2017—Micro-mentoring proves that the lifetime of practical knowledge pulsing through a law firm can be passed along through small, personal interactions.
77, Solo, and Still Loving Law
August 21, 2017—A solo practitioner since 1983, Herbert Dubin, 77, says he still loves the different challenges of practicing law.
D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center Achieves 4-Star Rating From Charity Navigator
August 16, 2017—The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center has earned a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.
5 Ways to Unplug as Summer Ends
August 15, 2017—As the final weeks of summer come to a close, use this time to unplug from electronic devices and practice implementing valuable mindfulness skills that will be needed in the more hectic months ahead.
A Record Year for Pro Bono in D.C.
August 10, 2017—The 2016 D.C. Bar Pro Bono Initiative Report reveals the state of law firm pro bono in the District of Columbia.
Former Bar President Named Director of Leadership and Strategic Development
August 9, 2017—The D.C. Bar has named Annamaria Steward as its new Director of Leadership and Strategic Development. Ms. Steward will assume the position starting August 28, 2017, and become a member of the Bar’s Executive Team.
Brexit: ‘Til Regulations Do Us Part?
August 8, 2017—The “divorce” negotiations for Brexit are now underway. Yet after months of maneuvering and preparation, virtually nothing has been clarified. Read more about some of the major sticking points.
‘Did Your Husband Give You Permission to Be Here?’ – How an American Attorney Navigated Cultural Differences
August 7, 2017—D.C. Bar member and rule-of-law expert, Jade Wu, discusses lessons learned from a career spanning five countries.
Neil Eggleston: Getting to the Truth Quickly Is Key
July 25, 2017—For attorney W. Neil Eggleston, the investigation into President Trump’s campaign and staff is a reminder that highly public inquiries are frantic, no matter the president.
Father–Son Duo Find Niche in Immigration, Criminal Law Practice
July 24, 2017—The Gnocchis have found that their specialized niche is unlike that of most other law practices because few understand how a misstep in criminal court can have larger consequences for non-citizens.
Bankruptcy Training Inspires Pro Bono Attorneys
July 21, 2017—“Absolutely phenomenal” and “fantastic” are just a few of the words attendees used to describe the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center’s two-part Bankruptcy Training for Pro Bono Attorneys.
4 Key Tips to Starting a Low Bono Firm
July 18, 2017—Advice for handling low bono legal work, while still maintaining a profitable law firm.
Robert Bennett: Representing the President Like Navigating the Bermuda Triangle
July 17, 2017—Robert S. Bennett is a member of an exclusive club of attorneys who have represented sitting U.S. presidents in the midst of political scandal.
Staying Fit on Travel
July 14, 2017—Six tips for keeping your body in motion while on travel.
Find the Right Communities for You
July 12, 2017—With 20 D.C. Bar Communities to choose from, how will you decide which three are right for you?
Learn How to Negotiate Over Email Effectively
July 10, 2017—Negotiation consultant, Alissa Stern, teaches you the art of email negotiation.
Member Spotlight: Bryan Webster
July 10, 2017—Bryan Webster, senior attorney at Microsoft Corporation, discusses a career path focused on seeking out "good people and a steep learning curve."
Request for Public Comment to Amend D.C. Court of Appeals Rule 46 — Admission to the Bar
July 7, 2017—The D.C. Bar Global Legal Practice Task Force is soliciting public comment on its report and recommendation to amend D.C. Court of Appeals Rule 46 — Admission to the Bar. Comments are due by close of business on September 5, 2017.
Communities Debuts; Join Us
July 7, 2017—The new Communities offers numerous ways to volunteer that fits your schedule, offering your leadership and practice area expertise to grow your network while enriching others.
Darrin P. Sobin Named New Chief Programs Officer
July 6, 2017—The D.C. Bar has named Darrin. P. Sobin as its new chief programs officer. He will assume the position starting July 24, 2017.
Independence Day Celebrations Around the World
June 30, 2017—As the United States prepares to break out the fireworks for the Fourth of July, let’s look at how other countries celebrate their independence.
One Last Home Run for Cynthia Hill
June 29, 2017—The D.C. Bar’s Chief Programs Officer, Cynthia Hill, steps up to the plate one last time as she sets to retire on Friday, June 30.
Results Are In for D.C. Bar Communities Elections!
June 28, 2017—The D.C. Bar Communities has announced the results of its 2017 elections. Find out who is serving in leadership positions.
Member Spotlight: Sharra Greer
June 26, 2017—Sharra Greer, policy director at Children’s Law Center, discusses her career focused on civil rights, including work that led to legislative repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” military policy barring LGBT individuals from openly serving in the armed forces.
Countdown to Communities: Why the Change?
June 22, 2017—Why is D.C. Bar Sections transitioning to Communities? To provide a robust experience that offers greater programming, engagement, and technology.
2017 Celebration of Leadership and Presidents' Reception Recap
June 16, 2017—Highlights from the D.C. Bar's annual Celebration of Leadership, hosted at the Mayflower Hotel on June 14.
‘You’re Taking 8 Weeks?’ This Lawyer Dad Said Yes to Full Paternity Leave
June 15, 2017—In time for Father’s Day, we are running excepts of our Q&A with Michael Aniton, focusing on the impact of the District’s family-friendly leave policy.
Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year: Miller & Chevalier
June 14, 2017—Read about the unique pro bono policy implemented at Miller & Chevalier that helped the firm earn the D.C. Bar's Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year Award.
Countdown to Communities: The Benefits
June 13, 2017—As D.C. Bar Communities is set to launch in July, learn about the benefits offered to its members, from greater networking opportunities to discounts on programming.
Voluntary Bar of the Year Award: The Washington Bar Association
June 13, 2017—The Washington Bar Association will take home the inaugural Voluntary Bar of the Year Award at the D.C. Bar’s annual Celebration of Leadership.
How to Create Work–Life Balance? First, Love What You Do
June 12, 2017—Lawyers who are looking for work–life balance plus a flourishing career might start by looking at what Kathleen Moriarty Mueller, counsel at Sidley Austin LLP, has done.
4 Mistakes to Avoid When Expanding Your Business
June 9, 2017—Ready to grow your practice? Before you do, beware of the typical pitfalls of expanding your business and how they could impact your services and clients.
Frederick B. Abramson Award: Leadership Development Committee
June 8, 2017—The D.C. Bar Leadership Development Committee will be honored with the Frederick B. Abramson Award at the D.C. Bar Celebration of Leadership on June 14.
Laura N. Rinaldi Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year: Daniele Schiffman
June 7, 2017—Daniele M. Schiffman, senior litigator at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, will receive the Laura N. Rinaldi Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year Award on June 14.
Laura N. Rinaldi Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year: David C. Smith
June 6, 2017—David C. Smith, partner at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, will be honored as a co-recipient of the Laura N. Rinaldi Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year award on June 14 at the D.C. Bar Celebration of Leadership.
Comments Sought on Judge Jackson's Senior Judge Status
June 6, 2017—The D.C. Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure invites comments on the qualifications of Judge Gregory Jackson to continue his judicial service as a senior judge.
What It Takes to Go Virtual
June 5, 2017—A 21st-century law firm isn’t just a brick and mortar shop located in a business district. For many, the modern-day law firm is also virtual.
Mazzaferri Honored at Retirement Celebration
June 5, 2017—A special retirement celebration for former D.C. Bar CEO Katherine Mazzaferri on June 1 brought out prominent members of D.C.’s legal community to honor her 35 years of leadership at the D.C. Bar.
Section of the Year: Taxation
June 2, 2017—The D.C. Bar Taxation Section will be honored as Section of the Year at the upcoming Celebration of Leadership: D.C. Bar Awards Dinner and Annual Meeting on June 14 at the Mayflower Hotel.
The Path to the Judiciary
June 2, 2017—What does it take to get on the bench? Join the D.C. Bar Communities (formerly Sections) on June 6 for “Career Pathways to the Judiciary” to find out.
Paul Boyer on Seattle D.C. BARometer
June 1, 2017—D.C. Bar member Paul Boyer, senior vice president at Replenium, talks about what he enjoyed most when D.C. BARometer came to Seattle.
Esther H. Lim Wins D.C. Bar President-Elect Post
May 31, 2017—The D.C. Bar announces the results of its 2017 elections. Esther Lim of Finnegan has been elected president-elect of the D.C. Bar for the 2017–2018 term.
Data Will Revolutionize Your Firm
May 30, 2017—Take a deep dive with Fastcase CEO Ed Walters into how data is changing the practice of law.
Member Spotlight: Thomas Lenz
May 29, 2017—D.C. Bar member Thomas Lenz, senior partner at Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo, discusses his nearly three-decade career handling labor and employment law issues, an area of practice he was originally told was a “dead area.”
Client Intake: Why Finding the Right Fit Matters
May 26, 2017—Want to know the secret to getting more of the right clients? Mary Ellen Hickman, head of Hickman Consulting Partners, shares with the D.C. Bar her strategies for screening out clients that don’t add value to one’s practice.
From the Archives: Elliot L. Richardson Remembers D-Day
May 26, 2017—During World War II D.C. Bar “Legend in the Law” Elliot L. Richardson served in the armed forces and participated in the D-Day invasion of Europe. In recognition of Memorial Day, we reprint the account he gave of that historic day in the Legends interviews.
How to Protect Your Law Firm From Ransomware
May 23, 2017—Sharon Nelson and John Simek of Sensei Enterprises, Inc. offer tips on how to keep your firm protected from ransomware, which is a viral attack and a billion-dollar-a-year business, according to the FBI.
Why D.C. Is the Best Cycling City
May 18, 2017—With Bike to Work Day upon us another year, avid cyclist Peter Anderson, an associate for Grenier Law Group, writes about why he thinks the nation's capital is the ideal place for those who enjoy the two-wheel commute.
Finding a New Normal After Addiction
May 17, 2017—A D.C. Bar member talks about her struggles with alcohol addiction and how she learned to become what she called a "grown-up sober lady."
Important Update: Avoiding the Unauthorized Practice of Law in D.C.
May 16, 2017—Cynthia G. Wright, former chair of the D.C. Court of Appeals Unauthorized Practice of Law, provides some background for why there has been an increase in UPL inquiry letters, and some practical tips for responding to inquiries and how to avoid UPL problems.
Member Spotlight: Vanessa Sophir
May 15, 2017—As we celebrate Mother’s Day, we spotlight Vanessa Sophir, a former public defender who took a 10-year break to raise her three children before getting “back in the game.”
Hamilton P. Fox III Named Disciplinary Counsel
May 11, 2017—The D.C. Board on Professional Responsibility has appointed Hamilton P. “Phil” Fox, III, as the new disciplinary counsel. Fox will assume his duties on June 7, 2017, following the retirement of Wallace E. “Gene” Shipp, Jr., after almost 37 years of service to the D.C. attorney discipline system.
Law Day Event Highlights Fourteenth Amendment
May 3, 2017—On May 1, Annual Law Day Conversations with the D.C. Courts focused on the critical role the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution has played in shaping American law and society over the past 150 years.
Four Local Attorneys Sworn In as Magistrate Judges
May 3, 2017—On April 21, four local attorneys were sworn in as magistrate judges at the H. Carl Moultrie Courthouse.
33 Firms Honored at 40 at 50 Breakfast for Pro Bono Service
May 2, 2017—On April 27 the chief judges of the D.C. federal courts honored 33 law firms and the National Capital Region chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel for their pro bono leadership at the 14th annual 40 at 50 Judicial Pro Bono Recognition Breakfast.
The Importance of Law Day and the 14th Amendment
May 1, 2017—Linda A. Klein, President of the American Bar Association, discusses the importance of Law Day and, this year's theme, the 14th Amendment.
Member Spotlight: Mike Allen
May 1, 2017—Michael Allen, 54, senior corporate counsel at Nordstrom, Inc., has an intricate life story—he’s a family man with close ties to his sister’s children, a lawyer who chose the law after an epiphany in Jamaica, and a political junkie who had the courage to quit jobs and work for candidates he believed in.
Partners' Perspective: Bringing Wellness Into Work Life
April 28, 2017—Eric Zimmerman of McDermott Will & Emery LLP offers his perspective on wellness.
Family Avoids Eviction With Pro Bono Center Help
April 27, 2017—A volunteer attorney, who was placed with Mrs. J through the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center, was able to help with her bankruptcy filing process, keeping her family in their home.
2017 Judicial and Bar Conference Highlights
April 27, 2017—The D.C. Courts and the D.C. Bar successfully cohost the 2017 Judicial and Bar Conference with hundreds of attorneys, judges, and others in the legal community in attendance. With the theme “Justice for All? Bias and Discrimination in the 21st Century,” the conference explored issues around the future of voting rights and electoral reform, racial bias, and criminal justice reform.
D.C. Bar Candidates Agree on Access to Justice Priorities
April 27, 2017—D.C. Bar President-elect candidates, Esther Lim and Leah Quadrino, gave brief remarks addressing their platforms at the D.C. Bar Candidates’ Forum.
D.C. Attorneys Respond to Demand for Immigration, Asylum Assistance
April 18, 2017—More than 60 attorneys, paralegals and law students turned out on April 5 for the second D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center training in a series designed to prepare them to take pro bono asylum cases.
Member Spotlight: Jim Markwith
April 17, 2017—An interview with Jim Markwith, cofounder of Symons Markwith LLP, which has offices in Seattle, Newport Beach, California, and Washington, D.C.
Advocate for Youth Sees Progress in Reforming D.C.’s System
April 13, 2017—Thanks in part to Eduardo Ferrer, young people in the District of Columbia will see a new legal landscape with the Comprehensive Youth Justice Amendment Act of 2016, which became law on April 4.
NAACP’s Ifill to Judges: Bias Training Is a Must
April 11, 2017—Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, spoke to a crowded room of judges and attorneys at the 2017 Judicial and Bar Conference about confronting bias in the legal system and the role of the judicial branch in upholding democracy.
Pro Bono Center Kicks Off Business Law Training For Nonprofits
April 10, 2017—The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center, in partnership with Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, launched the 8-part business law course for nonprofits on Monday, April 3, 2017.
WLC’s Smith Garners 2017 Brennan Award
April 6, 2017—The D.C. Bar has named Jonathan M. Smith, executive director of the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, as the 2017 recipient of its William J. Brennan Jr. Award in recognition of Smith’s work toward furthering the public interest and equal justice for all Americans.
John C. Cruden Wins Beatrice Rosenberg Award
April 6, 2017—The D.C. Bar has named John C. Cruden as the 2017 recipient of its Beatrice Rosenberg Award for Excellence in Government Service for his long history of public service in the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Army.
Geller Law Group: Bringing Big Law Thinking to a Small Firm World
April 6, 2017—Founded in 2011 with the goal of providing high-quality legal services while also emphasizing a healthy work–life balance for the firm’s staff, The Geller Law Group discusses its innovative approach to maintaining balance.
Member Spotlight: Dennis Archer
April 3, 2017—By all standards, Dennis Archer, chairman emeritus of Dickinson Wright PLLC in Detroit and a D.C. Bar member since its founding in 1972, has had quite the career. Michigan Supreme Court judge, two-term mayor of Detroit, first African American president of the ABA, a strong believer in giving back. Read highlights from his life and get to know the man who says he has no plans of slowing down.
Three Resolutions Passed at D.C. Bar Special Membership Meeting
March 31, 2017—On March 29 the D.C. Bar held a special membership meeting to vote on three resolutions regarding the Bar’s authority to make public statements on certain issues.
Nonprofit Executives Take Advantage of Pro Bono Center Training
March 30, 2017—On Tuesday, March 28, the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center, in partnership with Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, hosted a nonprofit training entitled “Navigating Government Grants & Contracts for your Nonprofit” for over 40 nonprofit executives.
18th Annual Youth Law Fair Highlights
March 30, 2017—The D.C. Superior Court and the Litigation Section of the D.C. Bar hosted the 18th Annual Youth Law Fair on March 18, drawing more than 170 students to the H. Carl Moultrie Courthouse to learn more about the law, take part in mock trials, and meet legal professionals.
Amid Budget Cut Threats, LSC’s Sandman Says ‘Full Steam Ahead’ on Access to Justice Work
March 29, 2017—Legal Services Corporation (LSC) president James J. Sandman says he has been encouraged by the widespread show of support for LSC coming from those in the legal community, as well as from congressional members across party lines, as the organization faces the prospect of losing all federal funding in the coming fiscal year.
D.C. Courts Warn of Telephone Scam
March 27, 2017—The D.C. Courts want to warn members of the public not to be taken-in by a telephone scam in which the caller ID indicates calls are from D.C. Courts
Jillian Morris: Employers Can Help Ease Women’s Transition From Mommy Mode to Work Mode
March 21, 2017—The last of the three-part series profiling attorneys at Markham Law Firm, Jillian S. Morris discusses making career decisions based on what is best for her family.
Judge Blackburne-Rigsby Sworn In as Chief Judge
March 21, 2017—On March 17 Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby was sworn in as chief judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. The investiture, held at the D.C. Historic Courthouse, brought out many members of the Washington, D.C., legal community, as well as family and friends of the new chief judge.
Member Spotlight: Shannon Nash
March 20, 2017—Never let it be said that Shannon Nash passes up an opportunity to do something a little different. The lawyer, tax specialist, certified public accountant, and entrepreneur—who started her career in D.C. law firms—has taken her peripatetic life and fashioned it into a series of jobs and other ventures.
Robert J. Spagnoletti Named CEO of D.C. Bar
March 16, 2017—The D.C. Bar has named Robert J. Spagnoletti as its new Chief Executive Officer. Spagnoletti will assume the position on May 1, 2017, following the retirement of CEO Katherine A. Mazzaferri after almost 35 years of service at the Bar.
Child Support Enforcement: Is the System Failing Families?
March 15, 2017—Exploring the issue of child support enforcement and the challenges for parents, attorneys, the courts, and state agencies on the fair application of the law.
Family Court Self-Help Training
March 15, 2017—After putting the word out on social media that the D.C. Superior Court’s Family Court Self-Help Center was seeking volunteers, 47 attorneys attend the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center's training.
Record Turnout at Pro Bono Center’s Immigration Clinic
March 13, 2017—In a time of increasing uncertainty for immigrants, the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center assisted a record number of community members with immigration questions and concerns at its Immigration Legal Advice & Referral Clinic on Saturday, March 4.
Bar Member Timothy Lambert on Mindfulness: Lawyers Need to Pause
March 9, 2017—D.C. Bar member Tim Lambert, senior counsel for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Office of Fair Lending and Equal Opportunity and a coordinator for D.C. Mindful Lawyers, has been practicing mindfulness for the last 10 years. Here he shares how meditation can help bring calm into one’s daily life.
Chanel Dolinsky: The Pressure (and Cost) of Balancing Motherhood and Career
March 8, 2017—On International Women’s Day, we continue the series about parental leave policies, an issue that resonates with women around the world. Today, we profile Chanel Dolinsky.
GW Law School Wins Moot Court Competition
By Joe Patrice
* Northwestern Dean Dan Rodriguez perfectly sums up the California bar’s decision to punt on the cut score question. [PrawfsBlawg]
* The Equifax hack leaves 143 million people vulnerable. But the Equifax executives may end up the most vulnerable after they reacted to the breach by selling shares… fast. Oh, who are we kidding? This DOJ isn’t going to prosecute that! [Huffington Post]
* The Empire’s stormtrooper armor is really terrible. [The Legal Geeks]
* Professor Douglas Litowitz is on the law school job market, and he’s rejecting all rejection letters. “I wish them great success in placing their rejection letters with other candidates. I have simply received a sufficient number of excellent rejection letters already.” [Faculty Lounge]
* The University of Colorado faces a lawsuit over allegedly protecting a football coach over an a domestic abuse survivor. No one ever lost money betting against schools changing their cultures on a dime, but honestly we’re not far removed from the last round of lawsuits about the school’s hostile environment. [Rewire]
* How much do you know about “The Reid Method”? Wyatt Kozinski (Judge Kozinski’s son) calls for a new “Wickersham Commission” to investigate the method’s role in a spate of false confessions undermining the credibility of the criminal justice system. That said, the President’s first foray into politics was calling for executions based on false confessions, so maybe we shouldn’t hold our breaths for this commission. [The Crime Report]
* Irma threatens lives… and the return of an overused metaphor. [Law and More]
* Speaking of hurricanes, Harvey has spawned its first lawsuit. [The Atlantic]
* Another edition of “bad places to hide.” [Lowering the Bar]
* Congratulations to lawyer Anthony Franze, author of The Outsider (affiliate link), on the thriller getting picked up for possible television development! [Deadline]