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Call for Comments

October 20, 2023

Rules Review Committee Invites Comment on Proposed Changes to D.C. Rule 1.8(d)

The District of Columbia Bar’s Rules of Professional Conduct Review Committee is seeking comments about proposed amendments to D.C. Rule of Professional Conduct 1.8 that would expand the District’s existing exceptions to the general rule that prohibits a lawyer from advancing or guaranteeing financial assistance while representing a client in connection with contemplated or pending litigation or administrative proceedings.

D.C. Bar

October 17, 2023

D.C. Bar Announces 2023–2024 Writers in Residence

By Susannah Buell

The D.C. Bar has selected Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law student Tynekia Garrett and George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School student Angela Mackie-Rutledge as its 2023–2024 Writers in Residence.

D.C. Bar

October 12, 2023

From Managing Money to Telecommuting, Practice 360° Addresses Ethical Snares for D.C. Lawyers

By William Roberts

When attorneys licensed in the District of Columbia reach out to the D.C. Bar ethics hotline for confidential advice, there are those who are “surprised to learn that they’ve done something that our ethics counsel thinks is horrendous,” said Dan Schumack, partner at Schumack and Guggenheim PLLC and a member of the D.C. Bar Legal Ethics Committee.

D.C. Bar

October 06, 2023

D.C. Bar Takes Home Two NABE Luminary Awards

The District of Columbia Bar won two Luminary Awards for excellence in authored article and in PR/marketing/social media campaign from the National Association of Bar Executives Communications Section during its annual workshop in Park City, Utah, on October 3–6.

D.C. Superior Court

October 03, 2023

Apply for Superior Court’s Free Civil Basic Mediation Training

The Civil ADR Branch of the D.C. Superior Court’s Multi-Door Dispute Resolution Division is accepting applications from those interested in being trained to mediate in its Civil Actions and Small Claims programs. The deadline to apply is October 13, 2023.

D.C. Superior Court

October 03, 2023

Superior Court Order Allows CJCC to Access Juvenile Records

The Superior Court of the District of Columbia has issued Administrative Order 23-23 authorizing the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) to inspect, compile, and analyze juvenile justice data described in D.C. Code § 22-4234(b-5) regarding the process and outcomes of certain programs.

D.C. Superior Court

October 02, 2023

Superior Court Adopts Fee Petition Guidelines for Probate Division

On September 29 the Superior Court of the District of Columbia issued Administrative Order 23-20 adopting fee petition guidelines for court-appointed fiduciaries in the court’s Probate Division. They take effect November 1 and will remain in effect until further notice.