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D.C. Superior Court

June 02, 2022

Superior Court Proposes Amendments to Civil Procedure Rule 5

The D.C. Superior Court Rules Committee has completed its review of proposed amendments to Rule 5 of the Superior Court Rules of Civil Procedure. Amendments to Rule 5(d) clarify that discovery materials must not be filed except in the circumstances specified in the rule.

D.C. Superior Court

May 26, 2022

JNC Recommends Nine Candidates for Superior Court Vacancies

The District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission has recommended nine attorneys for President Biden’s consideration to fill the judicial vacancies on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia created by the retirement of Judges Fern Flanagan Saddler, William M. Jackson, and Gerald I. Fisher.

D.C. Superior Court

May 25, 2022

Superior Court Issues Orders Regarding Probate Fiduciary Panel

On May 25 the Superior Court of the District of Columbia issued Administrative Order 22-06 reestablishing the Probate Fiduciary Panel. The presiding judge of the Probate Division seeks applicants for the Probate Fiduciary Panel from qualified attorneys, including current panel members.

D.C. Bar

May 24, 2022

D.C. Bar Celebrates Leadership Academy Class of 2022 Graduates

By Jeremy Conrad

On May 20 the D.C. Bar celebrated the graduation of 24 attorneys from its John Payton Leadership Academy, an intensive training program focused on developing and refining the skills necessary for Bar members to become effective leaders.

D.C. Superior Court

May 19, 2022

Superior Court Extends Rules Emergency Through August 16

Finding that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to present extraordinary circumstances relating to public health and safety that substantially impair its ability to perform certain functions, the Superior Court of the District of Columbia issued Administrative Order 22-05 on May 18, 2022, extending for 90 days the rules emergency first declared on May 26, 2021, and later extended.

D.C. Attorney General Candidates Face Off in Debate

May 13, 2022

D.C. Attorney General Candidates Face Off in Debate

By Jeremy Conrad

On May 11 the D.C. Bar District of Columbia Affairs Community, in partnership with the Anacostia Coordinating Counsel, hosted a virtual debate among the declared candidates for attorney general for the District of Columbia. Approximately 150 people attended the event on Zoom, and more than a thousand others viewed the livestream on YouTube.

Lily L. Batchelder

May 10, 2022

Tax Conference Explores Plans for a More Just, Sustainable Future

By Jeremy Conrad

The D.C. Bar Taxation Community’s 2022 Tax Legislative and Regulatory Update conference, held virtually on May 4 and 5, included many sessions that considered how tax attorneys can help their clients work toward a future that is not only profitable, but also socially responsible.


May 09, 2022

Legal Ethics Committee Adopts New Opinion on Disclosing Client Information

In April 2022, the Legal Ethics Committee issued Opinion 383 finding that, absent informed consent, a lawyer generally may not disclose to a client or prospective client information about another client or prospective client that is a protected secret or confidence under Rules 1.6 or 1.18.