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D.C. Bar Members Elect President in Closest Vote Ever

In an election separated by a mere 35 votes, Annamaria Steward, a law school associate dean, won the District of Columbia Bar presidency over media lawyer Laura Possessky, the bar said Monday. "It absolutely is the closest race in our history," D.C. Bar spokeswoman Cynthia Kuhn said.       

Woman Charged in Murder of D.C. Lawyer Pleads Guilty

The woman charged with killing Washington lawyer David Messerschmitt during a planned robbery at a downtown hotel in February, pleaded guilty Thursday in District of Columbia Superior Court to second-degree murder. Prosecutors will seek a prison sentence between 18 and 25 years.       

Obama Announces Nominees for Long-Vacant D.C. Judgeships

The White House this week announced nominees for five vacant judgeships in the District of Columbia's local courts, including a magistrate judge who has been waiting nearly two years for confirmation after repeated re-nominations.       

Official State Crap: District of Columbia

I now return to the critical project of covering the often-ridiculous official stuff of all 50 U.S. states, and, I have now decided, all our non-states as well. This time, it's the District of Columbia. Although D.C. only has four...          Related Stories Legislature Debates Which Holy Bible Should Be Its Official State Book Official State Crap: Delaware  

Latest high-stakes offense: lost-dog posters in D.C.?

2 months agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

It’s unclear whether the District of Columbia’s $300 penalty for affixing signs in public places is per offending sign or per offending course of conduct, which means that when Roger Horowitz and friends put up thousands of fliers about...Show More Summary

Wilmer Hires US Attorney Ronald Machen in Competition for DOJ Brass

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, not to be left out among the scramble to hire exiting U.S. Justice Department brass, has re-hired Ronald Machen Jr., formerly the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, the firm announced Thursday.       

On Last Day, U.S. Attorney Says No Charges Against IRS Official

On his last day as U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, Ronald Machen Jr. announced that his office wouldn't bring criminal contempt charges against former IRS official Lois Lerner.       

D.C. Mayor Says Budget Case Is Moot, Supports Spending Autonomy

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser told the D.C. Circuit that the dispute between the mayor's office and city council over the District's Budget Autonomy Act is now moot. The Act, a local law, grants D.C. autonomy over its locally raised funds, contrary to the dictates of the federal......

Joe Arpaio Seeks Expedited Schedule for Immigration Lawsuit Appeal

Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, America's self-styled "toughest sheriff," isn't taking "no" for an answer. Just two weeks after the District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed his lawsuit against the Obama Administration and its nascent immigration policy, Arpaio is urging the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to expedite the......

HUD Housing Disparate Impact Rules Vacated – How an APA Case Could Clarify Complicated Private Litigation

7 months agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

Ed note: This post originally appeared on Federal Regulations Advisor. The United States District Court for the District of Columbia vacated the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) 2013 rules (ostensibly) under the Fair...Show More Summary

The Gap Between Employment and Legal Marijuana Use

The midterm elections resulted in two more states and the District of Columbia legalizing the use of marijuana. In all, the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes is permitted in 21 states total, and it is also allowed in 4...

James Brady's Death a Homicide, but Will John Hinckley Be Charged?

Former Reagan press secretary James Brady's death earlier this month has been ruled a homicide by the District of Columbia medical examiner, apparently based on his being shot in 1981 by John Hinckley Jr. Hinckley was trying to assassinate President Reagan but failed; instead, he wounded both Reagan and Brady,......

Job Applicants and Criminal History: Recent Legislation in Illinois and the District of Columbia

Illinois is the latest State to enact “ban the box” legislation, i.e., legislation that restricts when an employer can ask a job applicant about his or her criminal history. (The “box” is the one on a job application to answer...

TSA Employees Still Unsure About District of Columbia

This happened in February ("I Don't Think We Accept These," Says TSA Agent, Peering at D.C. License") and apparently it just happened again: When {Justin Gray, WFTV News] handed the man his driver's license the agent demanded to seeShow More Summary

D.C. Tour Guide Requirements Struck Down on First Amendment Grounds

The District of Columbia, like other tourist-destination cities like New York and New Orleans, has professional requirements for tour guides to operate tours in the city, according to The Associated Press. Last week, the D.C. Court of Appeals struck down the requirements as unconstitutional, for violating the First Amendment,......

No More Delay for Attorney General Elections, CJA Applications Due

The District of Columbia has some positions open for attorneys, so get your resumes ready. To start, the District of Columbia election for Attorney General has proven contentious with the public and politicians at odds about when the election should take place. And in less controversial job hunting, the......

What You Need to Know About the Proposed New Circuit Rules

Today the District of Columbia Court of Appeals announced proposed changes to Circuit Rules 25, 26 and 32. These rules have been a long time coming, as they are designed to replace the requirements for Case Management / Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) system, which were adopted by Administrative Order......

"I Don't Think We Accept These," Says TSA Agent, Peering at D.C. License [Update]

Turns out they do, so that was good news for Ashley Brandt, who was therefore allowed to fly back from Phoenix to her home in the District of Columbia. Which, as some of you may know, is part of the...          Related Stories Pacifists Get Jail Term for Making Country Safer New Mexico Colon-Invasion Case Settles for $1.6 Million Judge Rules for Plaintiff in No-Fly Case  

Obamacare Tax Credit Lawsuit Struck Down by D.C. District Court

A lawsuit challenging the extension of Obamacare tax credits to federally run health insurance markets was struck down by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. In Halbig v. Sebelius, plaintiffs sued the Obama administration regarding an IRS rule that states that enrollees of the Affordable Care Act......

About Half of State AGs Favor Same-Sex Marriage

Seventeen states and the District of Columbia allow same-sex marriage. But the number of top law enforcement officers who support the right of same-sex couples to get married well eclipses that – and appears to be growing.

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