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D.C. Superior Court

May 03, 2024

Comment on Candidates for Magistrate Judge Appointment

The D.C. Superior Court Committee on the Selection and Tenure of Magistrate Judges invites comments from the bench, bar, and public regarding the fitness of 22 candidates to fill two pending magistrate judge vacancies on Superior Court.

Bob Spagnoletti

April 26, 2024

At Judicial Luncheon, D.C. Courts and D.C. Bar Leaders Celebrate Strong Partnership

By John Murph

On April 25, the District of Columbia bench and bar came together at the D.C. Bar headquarters for the 2024 Judicial Leadership Luncheon. Themed “Next Generation of the D.C. Bar: Preparing for the Future,” the event highlighted some of the challenges the D.C. Bar, the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center, and the D.C. Courts are facing as well as some their respective accomplishments.

Charles R. Lowery Jr.

April 26, 2024

Bar Leaders Sound Alarm on Steep Cuts to D.C. Civil Legal Aid Funding

By Jeremy Conrad

D.C. Bar President Charles R. Lowery Jr. and D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center Executive Director Kelli Neptune joined more than 100 representatives of legal services organizations on April 25 in calling for the restoration of more than $21 million in access to justice funding that D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is seeking to cut in her fiscal year 2025 budget proposal.

D.C. Bar Annual Awards

April 19, 2024

Bar Announces 2024 Annual Award Winners

By John Murph

The D.C. Bar has selected the winners of its 2024 Annual Awards honoring individuals and organizations whose outstanding work and exceptional projects benefited Bar membership, enriched the legal community, and expanded access to justice.

Paul M. Geier

April 12, 2024

DOT’s Paul M. Geier Wins 2024 Rosenberg Award

By Jeremy Conrad

The D.C. Bar is honoring Paul M. Geier, assistant general counsel for international and aviation-economic law at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), with its 2024 Beatrice Rosenberg Award for Excellence in Government Service.

Lawyer Referral Service

April 12, 2024

D.C. Bar Rolls Out AI-Powered Lawyer Referral Service

The District of Columbia Bar is set to launch a state-of-the-art, custom-built Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) that uses advanced artificial intelligence (AI) and natural language processing (NLP) technologies to match D.C. Bar members with individuals seeking their specific legal expertise.

John Brittain

April 08, 2024

D.C. Bar Names UDC’s John Brittain as 2024 Thurgood Marshall Award Winner

By John Murph

The D.C. Bar has named University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law (UDC Law) professor John Brittain as the recipient of its 2024 Thurgood Marshall Award for his lifelong commitment to advancing civil rights, including litigating important cases across the United States on race equity in public schools and higher education and mentoring generations of civil rights advocates.

D.C. Superior Court

April 01, 2024

Judicial Nomination Commission Announces Chief Judge Vacancy

On April 1 the D.C. Judicial Nomination Commission announced that the position of chief judge of D.C. Superior Court will be vacant when the term of Chief Judge Anita Josey-Herring expires on September 30, 2024. Josey-Herring is not seeking reappointment.