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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.       

DC Appeals Court Rejects Challenge to Convictions in 1984 Murder

Thirty years after a jury in Washington found a group of young men guilty in the fatal beating of 48-year-old Catherine Fuller, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals on Thursday rejected efforts to toss out the convictions.     ...

D.C. Judge Reappointed Amid Concerns About 'Temperament'

District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Thomas Motley is expected to "vigorously address" concerns about his judicial temperament as he begins his second 15-year term on the bench, according to the local commission that reviews judicial performance.       

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.?

7 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

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