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Pennsylvania judge: no pajamas in the courtroom

“WNEP-TV reports that Magisterial District Judge Craig Long of Columbia County has even put a new sign in his Catawissa Township office that he hopes will keep people from wearing pajamas in court. It reads, ‘Pajamas are not appropriate...Show More Summary

“D.C. hands out more than $1 million in tickets for Snowzilla parking violations”

It’s an ill blizzard that blows nobody good! In this case, the District of Columbia seems to have done well from the misjudgment of drivers in the snowbound city [Faiz Siddiqui, Washington Post] Tags: disasters, petty fines and fees, traffic laws, Washington D.C. “D.C. Show More Summary

Secrecy of D.C. Judges' Financial Disclosures Challenged in New Bill

Judges in the District of Columbia's local courts annually file detailed financial reports, but the information is largely kept under seal. Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-District of Columbia, wants to change that.       

D.C. Weighs Allowing 3Ls to Take the Bar Exam

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals is considering a proposal to allow third-year law students to take the bar exam months before they graduate, a policy that only a handful of states have adopted.       

Appeals Court Nominee in Limbo as Senate Confirms Two More D.C. Judges

The U.S. Senate late Thursday confirmed two judges to the District of Columbia Superior Court, the second set of confirmations this year after more than two years of no action to fill judicial vacancies in the local courts.       

Gun Rights Lawyer Makes Personal Request of Justice Roberts, Gets Denied

Alan Gura, the attorney who argued some of this nation's most groundbreaking modern gun cases including District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago, made a personal request of Chief Justice Roberts. Unfortunately for Gura, the request was denied. The issue began last year over a section of a......

Chief Justice Roberts Won’t Intervene in Fight Over Judge in D.C. Gun Case

Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. is staying out of a fight over whether a New York federal judge was properly assigned to a lawsuit challenging gun regulations in the District of Columbia.       

Senate Confirms First D.C Judges in More Than Two Years

For the first time in two and a half years, the U.S. Senate last week confirmed judges to the District of Columbia Superior Court, signaling a renewed focus on local judicial vacancies. The judges were confirmed on Nov. 19. Earlier this month, former D.C. attorney general Irvin Nathan, now a senior counsel at Arnold & Porter, wrote letters to... Read the whole entry... »       

Are Law Firms More Inclusive of LGBT Employees?

If you are a lesbian, gay, bi, or transgendered worker, outing yourself in the office can be risky, even today. Employment discrimination based on sexual orientation is banned in only 21 states and the District of Columbia; protections against gender identity discrimination are even rarer. There are huge swaths......

Missed Deadline Dooms Subpoenas for Congressmen’s Testimony

Reps. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, will not have to testify at the trial of a District of Columbia man charged in connection with a protest at a congressional hearing.       

On Gun Laws, We Must Get the History Right

Oddly enough, medieval English laws matter in legal debates about gun control in the United States today. The Supreme Court’s landmark 2008 Second Amendment decision, District of Columbia v. Heller, determined that sufficiently “long-standing” firearms regulations are constitutional. Show More Summary

D.C. Prepares to Name an Official Amphipod

As I mentioned back in April, although the District of Columbia is not a state it has adopted a few official things just like all the states have. At the time of that post it had limited itself to an...          Related Stories Costumed Bear Harasser Wanted by Authorities, Evolution The Octopus: Honorary Vertebrate? Official State Crap: District of Columbia  

Slain DLA Lawyer's Colleagues, Friends and Family Reflect on Loss

In 82 pages of letters, colleagues, friends and family members of slain Washington lawyer David Messerschmitt shared their memories and grief with the judge who will sentence his killer on Friday. Many asked District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Michael Ryan to send the defendant, Jamyra Gallmon, to prison for 25 years—the highest sentence... Read the whole entry... »       

D.C. to Pay $75K in Legal Fees After Losing Challenge to Ban on Carrying Firearms

The District of Columbia government has agreed to pay $75,000 in legal fees to Alan Gura, the lawyer who successfully challenged the city’s prohibition on carrying firearms in public.       

Latham Tops Wilmer in Fundraising Campaign for Legal Aid

The Legal Aid Society for the District of Columbia is reaping the benefits of lawyers' inherently competitive nature.The group's annual "Generous Associates" fundraising campaign—organized by associates from D.C. firms—brought in a record-breaking $1.36 million this year.       

Federal Prosecutor Nominated to D.C. Superior Court

Darlene Soltys, an assistant U.S. attorney in Washington, was nominated on Thursday to the District of Columbia Superior Court, the White House announced.       

Former White House Lawyer Disbarred in D.C.

Former White House lawyer J. Michael Farren, who was found guilty last year of attempted murder for assaulting his former wife, has been disbarred in the District of Columbia.       

D.C. to Allow Laptops for Bar Exam Essay

Aspiring lawyers taking the bar exam in July in D.C. will be allowed to use their laptops for the essay portion, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals announced Monday.       

First Asian-American Judge Sworn in to D.C. Federal District Court

U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta, who was born in India and arrived in the United States as a young child, was formally sworn in Friday as the first Asian Pacific American on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.      ...

Federal Bankruptcy Judge in D.C. Seeking Third Term

Judge S. Martin Teel Jr., the federal bankruptcy judge for the District of Columbia, is seeking a third, 14-year term.       

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