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Supreme Court

September 26, 2022

Experts Predict Another Transformative Supreme Court Term

By Richard Blaustein

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions in its 2021–2022 term shifted the ground under U.S. law, greatly impacting courts, governmental actions, and individuals’ rights regarding speech, religion, guns, and, most dramatically, access to abortion. Court watchers predict more consequential decisions in the upcoming term beginning this October.

Fleur Harris, Jeremy Conrad, Susannah Buell, and John Murph

September 26, 2022

Washington Lawyer Wins Two NABE Luminary Awards

For the third time in a row, the D.C. Bar’s Washington Lawyer magazine won best publication among large bars at the National Association of Bar Executives (NABE) Communication Section’s 2022 Luminary Awards in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on September 23.

Ken Randall

September 20, 2022

Conference Examines Historical and Contemporary Issues Around Vaccines

By Jeremy Conrad and John Murph

Legal and health experts, academics, and others gathered at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School on September 15–16 for the first National Vaccine Law Conference, examining the social, legal, and policy considerations associated with vaccinations from historical, current, and future perspectives.

D.C. Superior Court

September 02, 2022

Superior Court Seeks Comment on Amendments to Criminal Rule 43 Regarding Remote Appearance

The D.C. Superior Court is seeking comment on proposed amendments to Criminal Rule 43 that will expand the court’s authority to permit a defendant to appear remotely. The amended rule also clarifies when a defendant must be physically present, when the defendant may participate remotely, and when a proceeding may occur in a defendant’s absence.

Remote Testimony

September 01, 2022

Comment on Proposed Amendments to Civil Rule 43 to Facilitate Remote Testimony

The D.C. Superior Court Rules Committee has completed its review of proposed amendments to Rule 43 of the Superior Court Rules of Civil Procedure. Changes to Rule 43(b) eliminate the requirement that a party seeking to present live testimony from a remote location establish “compelling circumstances.”