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April 22, 2021

D.C. Bar Announces 2021 Annual Award Winners

By Jeremy Conrad

The District of Columbia Bar congratulates the winners of its 2021 Annual Awards honoring the exemplary efforts of those individuals and organizations that helped ensure the advancement of the profession and improvement of the legal community.

Karl A. Racine

April 16, 2021

Racine Calls for Better Data Reporting on Hate Crimes Nationwide

By William Roberts

District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine is joining with 35 other state attorneys general calling for the passage of a new federal hate crimes law, saying hate crimes in the United States “is vast” and “increasing in dangerous ways.”

Unaccompanied Child

April 15, 2021

ABA Panel Discusses Legal, Humanitarian Needs of Child Migrants

By John Murph

Nearly 19,000 unaccompanied minors crossed the southern U.S. border in March 2021, the highest ever monthly record. Meredith Linsky, director of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Immigration, attributed the unprecedented surge to gang violence, poverty, natural disasters, sexual- and gender-based violence, and the breakdown of civil society throughout Central America.

Money and Gavel

April 15, 2021

Indian Claims Commission Act at 75: A Look Back and a Look Forward

By Rich Blaustein

On April 13 the D.C. Bar Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Community hosted a panel discussion marking the 75th anniversary of the Indian Claims Commission Act and Native Americans’ redress for damages by the United States.

Pro Bono Law

April 13, 2021

Civil Rights Lawyers Discuss Racial Equity in Criminal Law

By Jeremy Conrad

On April 12 the D.C. Bar Public Interest and Courts Community, in partnership with the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, presented the program “Racial Equity in the Criminal Law Context,” which focused on policing and social justice issues.

DC Court of Appeals

April 13, 2021

D.C. Circuit Court Seeks Committee Candidates

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is seeking to fill vacancies on three committees. Members of these committees will serve a three-year term starting on July 1, 2021. Applications are due May 10.

Superior Court of the District of Columbia

April 12, 2021

Superior Court Issues Order Regarding Juvenile Data on Gun-Related Offenses

On April 9 the Superior Court of the District of Columbia issued Administrative Order 21-04 authorizing the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) to provide the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education (ODME) with identifiable information on juveniles arrested for carjacking and gun-related offenses from January 1, 2020, through March 31, 2021.