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

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.

D.C. Judicial Review Group Discusses Financial Disclosure Rules

The amount of information disclosed to the public about the finances of District of Columbia judges is under review. The District of Columbia Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure had a "thoughtful discussion" about the amount of information made public...

Net Neutrality Ruling: What are the FCC’s Options?

While striking down federal rules mandating equal treatment of Internet traffic, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit left the Federal Communications Commission with some some wiggle room to regulate Internet providers.

D.C. Court Funding Drops Slightly in Budget Deal

The congressional budget deal announced late Monday would restore to the District of Columbia local court system money that was cut under last year's sequester, but the agreement provides less funding than court officials wanted. The proposed budget for fiscal...

'Murder Inc.' Defendants Allege Prosecutorial Misconduct

New allegations of prosecutorial misconduct have surfaced involving the prosecution of one of the most notorious gangs in District of Columbia history. Eleven years ago, a federal jury in Washington convicted Kevin Gray and Rodney Moore of multiple counts of...

D.C. Bar CLE: Disciplinary Year in Review on Jan.13

Coming to a conference center near you: the D.C. Bar presents, "Disciplinary Year in Review: District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia," a CLE course. The course takes place on Monday, January 13, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. at the D.C. Bar Conference Center. With all of available CLE......

D.C. Lawyers Renominated to Superior Court

Three Washington attorneys picked last year for the District of Columbia Superior Court were renominated yesterday by President Barack Obama. The nominations of William Nooter, Sherry Trafford and Steven Wellner are back on track for consideration by the Senate. Unlike...

New Lawyer Named to D.C. Judicial Nomination Commission

Ronald Flagg, vice president and general counsel of the Legal Services Corp., is the newest member of the District of Columbia commission that vets lawyers applying to become judges on the city’s local courts. Flagg replaces Karl Racine, a Venable...

Disciplinary Suspensions Mount Against D.C.-Area Attorney

A local attorney has been suspended from practicing in the District of Columbia and Maryland for the second time since 2009 for breaking attorney ethics rules. Garland Stillwell was first suspended in 2009 for misrepresenting his title at Pillsbury Winthrop...

Mann v. Steyn Mulligan

On December 19, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals effectively erased Michael Mann’s initial court victory in his defamation lawsuit against Mark Steyn, National Review, and the Competitive Enterprise Institute.  Here’s how Mark Steyn pithily summarizes the developments: 1. Show More Summary

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