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D.C. Bar Schedule of Events

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EVENTS​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Statute Drafting 2022

Statute Drafting and the Regulatory Process Workshop Series (Session One)

Credit(s): 3.5 General (50-minute hour)
3 General (60-minute hour)
Course Number: E13220104W
Original Program Date: January 18, 2022
Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes
Date: January 18, 2022
6:00 PM - 9:15 PM
Description: The first class in this popular two-part series concerns the drafting of legislation for the U.S. Congress.  Those who attend this thought-provoking class will learn who actually puts together the legislative text and consider the sorts of questions and analysis necessary for translating ideas into legislative proposals.  
Our distinguished presenter will discuss the organization of a prototypical bill, proper drafting style, and the drafting of freestanding versus amendatory provisions.  Participants will receive in-class exercises to try their hand at developing and analyzing policy and turning it into a bill.

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Ethics Issues When Dealing with Aging Clients with Diminished Capacity 2022

Credit(s): 1 Ethics and Professional Responsibility (60-minute hour)
1 Ethics and Professional Responsibility (50-minute hour)
Course Number: E11220105W
Original Program Date: January 19, 2022
Duration: 1 hour 
Date: January 19, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Description: Join our multi-disciplinary panel – which includes an elder law attorney, legal ethicist, and clinical psychologist – as they explore the legal, ethical, and clinical issues that arise when clients present with actual or suspected diminished capacity.   Among the topics they will discuss are:
- The attorney’s role in assessing capacity
- The ethical framework that guides the attorney
- How and when to involve a clinician
- The clinician’s role
- How to work with surrogate decision-makers.

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More Effective Writing Makes More Effective Lawyers (January 2022)

Credit(s): 7 General (50-minute hour)
6 General (60-minute hour)
Course Number: E18220106W
Original Program Date: January 20, 2022
Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes
Date: January 20, 2022
9:30 AM - 12:45 PM

Description: Admit it: You’re just a little bit Zoom weary. (More than a little bit.)  You’re hungry for the thrill of being back in the same room as other people, and not stuffed into a little box on a little screen.  Understood.  But we’re not quite there yet.  And in the meantime?  What if you could enjoy an online experience that was just as fast-paced and productive as the real thing, with all the back-and-forth energy of an in-person session?
So, here's your chance to join writing coach and former attorney Rick Horowitz online, for a lively and practical workshop that will reintroduce you to your legal-writing toolbox, including a few tools you didn't know were in there.  This two-session class explores the fundamentals (and the critical details) of creating clear, well-organized, persuasive legal documents.

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REMOTE PROGRAM: Health Law Conversations

Course Number: C2022NC02W
Original Program Date: January 21, 2022
Duration: 1 hour 
Date: January 21, 2022
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
The D.C. Bar Health Law Community Steering Committee is pleased to announce the roll-out of Health Law Conversations, a series of virtual networking programs. The purpose of the Health Law Conversations is to promote virtual discussions on topics of interest to health care lawyers, policymakers, and any other D.C. Bar members interested in this area, while also providing an opportunity for networking.

The group will meet regularly and will be open to all D.C. Bar Health Law Community members, as well as members of other Communities. The Health Law Community Steering Committee will select a topic for each program and will circulate various articles on the conversation topic in advance of the hour-long virtual discussion. We will be discussing the laws and policies related to vaccine mandates.

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 Attorney Discipline Update 2022: District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia

Credit(s): 3 Ethics and Professional Responsibility (60-minute hour)
3.5 Ethics and Professional Responsibility (50-minute hour)
Course Number: E11220107W
Original Program Date: January 24, 2022
Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes
Date: January 24, 2022
6:00 PM - 9:15 PM
Description: Hear the latest developments in attorney discipline from bar counsel for the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.  From neglect of client matters to mishandling of client funds, and many issues in between, the attorneys responsible for the prosecution of attorney discipline cases will illustrate the areas that got attorneys into disciplinary trouble in the past year. Our expert panelists also will point out areas where the three jurisdictions differ and where they share similar disciplinary concerns.

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Current and *New* D.C. Anti-Discrimination Laws in Employment and the Administrative Process at the D.C. Office of Human Rights 2022

Credit(s): 3 General (50-minute hour)
2.5 General (60-minute hour)
Course Number: E09220111W
Original Program Date: January 25, 2022
Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes
Date: January 25, 2022
10:00 AM - 12:45 PM

Category: CLE, Criminal Law and Individual Rights, Employment and Labor ... (show more)
Other: Courts Lawyers and the Administration of Justice, Criminal Law and Practice, District of Columbia Law ...(show more)

Description: Join us for this informative class that will discuss existing D.C. anti-discrimination statutes as well as new statutes, including the Covid-Leave Law under the DCFMLA, retaliation claims under the Universal Paid Leave Act, sexual harassment training requirements for certain employers, and the expanded civil enforcement of the D.C. Human Rights Act.

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Unfair Labor Practices 2022

ABCs of the National Labor Relations Board Series (Session Three)

Credit(s): 3.5 General (50-minute hour)
3 General (60-minute hour)
Course Number: E09220115W
Original Program Date: January 26, 2022
Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes
Date: January 26, 2022
6:00 PM - 9:15 PM
Description: Join us for the final session in this informative and wide-ranging three-part series covering practice before the NLRB, union organizing, and unfair labor practices.  This final session of the series will deal with manage­ment and union unfair labor practices (ULPs).  Our experienced and knowledgeable faculty will discuss Management ULPs, which include unlawful coercion and restraint, domina­tion and interference, discrimination, and bad-faith bargaining.  Those who attend will learn how union ULPs include unlawful coercion and restraint, discrimination, and breach of the duty of fair representation.  The faculty will also discuss secondary activity and picketing.

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The Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) Is Raising Its Legal Head:  Understanding the Act and Its Implications 2022

Credit(s): 1 General (50-minute hour)
1 General (60-minute hour)
Course Number: E03211108W
Original Program Date: January 27, 2022
Duration: 1 hour 
Date: January 27, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Description: The Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938 (“FARA”) has been a sleepy legal backwater for most of its history, with relatively few people having a need to understand its intricacies.  That has changed now, not only due to the advent of the global economy but also due to several recent high-profile public controversies involving FARA.  Many U.S. companies and public relations firms working with foreign governments, state-owned enterprises, and even multinational corporations are encountering issues related to FARA for the first time.  Indications from the Justice Department are that enforcement efforts will increase moving forward.  It is important now more than ever before for attorneys advising U.S. companies and professional services firms to understand when and how their work with foreign entities of all types could trigger consequences under FARA. 

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Unsolved Mysteries: Ten Perplexing Legal Ethics Controversies of the Last 50 Years (NEW)

A D.C. Bar 50th Anniversary Class

Credit(s): 3 Ethics and Professional Responsibility (60-minute hour)
3.5 Ethics and Professional Responsibility (50-minute hour)
Course Number: E11210113W
Original Program Date: January 31, 2022
Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes
Date: January 31, 2022
6:00 PM - 9:15 PM
Description: In 1972, the Model Rules of Professional Conduct, later to be adopted in some form by all U.S jurisdictions, was barely a twinkle in the ABA’s eye.  Fifty years later, the old Code is gone and forgotten, but the legal ethical dilemmas it had failed to solve have either persisted or been replaced with new ones.  For as the profession develops and evolves, so do legal ethics quandaries, and the ones that linger are important, and even perilous.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the D.C. Bar, this new and thought-provoking class will challenge those who attend with the most controversial and intriguing legal ethics developments over this period.

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Bribery & Illegal Influence Crimes (NEW)

National Association of Attorneys General Series - The Anticorruption Manual: A Guide for State Prosecutors (Part 2)

Credit(s): 1 General (50-minute hour)
1 General (60-minute hour)
Course Number: E06220218W
Original Program Date: February 2, 2022
Duration: 1 hour 
Date: February 2, 2022
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Description: In the second session of this five-part series, our expert speakers will address prosecuting and defending bribery cases involving public officials.  Those who attend will learn the elements of a bribery offense, fact patterns associated with bribery of public officials in all three branches of government, as well as special considerations such as the speech and debate legislative privilege and judicial deliberative privilege.  

The panel will share case studies and lessons learned from their experiences prosecuting bribery cases.  They will also discuss relevant Supreme Court decisions relating to the scope of the federal bribery statute.

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How to Fire People and How Not To 2022

Credit(s): 3.5 General (50-minute hour)
3 General (60-minute hour)
Course Number: E09220202W
Original Program Date: February 3, 2022
Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes
Date: February 3, 2022
6:00 PM - 9:15 PM
Description: This timely and informative class focuses on firing employees, including the importance of progressive discipline of employees; checklists for termination; knowing the critical questions to ask; constructing a reduction in force; drafting and negotiating separation agreements; and payment of final paycheck, accrued vacation leave, and severance.  Those who attend will receive materials including sample agreements, checklists, and questions to ask corporate clients when they call for advice on terminating an employee.  Our knowledgeable panel will concentrate on D.C. law but will also compare and contrast the law and practice in Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

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Collection of Debts and Money Judgments in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia 2022

Credit(s): 3.5 General (50-minute hour)
3 General (60-minute hour)
Course Number: E02220203W
Original Program Date: February 7, 2022
Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes
Date: February 7, 2022
6:00 PM - 9:15 PM
Description: Debt collection is closely regulated by federal law, and many provisions apply to collection attorneys, not merely traditional debt collection agencies.  Those who attend this informative and wide-ranging class will learn the law and procedure for collecting debts and money judgments in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.  Our panel of experienced commercial and consumer collection attorneys will guide those who attend through the steps for collecting debts and money judgment, from the first client communication to the payment of the final bill.

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Judicial Review of Agency Decision Making 2022

Credit(s): 3.5 General (50-minute hour)
3 General (60-minute hour)
Course Number: E13220215W
Original Program Date: February 8, 2022
Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes
Date: February 8, 2022
6:00 PM - 9:15 PM
Description: Join us for this popular class, during which our faculty experts address the scope of reviewability of agency rules, including the finality and presumption of reviewability; threshold defenses and standing; timing of judicial review, including mootness, ripeness, and exhaustion; statutory construction and regulatory interpretation; scope of judicial review; and remedies.
This class is a must for those attorneys involved in the federal administrative process, either for the government or on behalf of regulated individuals and organizations.

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Defending a DUI in the District of Columbia: Advanced Practice & Procedure 2022

Defending a DUI Series (Session Two)

Credit(s): 3.5 General (50-minute hour)
3 General (60-minute hour)
Course Number: E06220204W
Original Program Date: February 9, 2022
Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes
Date: February 9, 2022
6:00 PM - 9:15 PM
Description: In part two of the Defending a DUI Series, learn how to navigate and defend DUI cases involving experts and chemical testing in D.C. Superior Court.  This informative class offers an intensive in-depth view of how to litigate cases with chemical testing encompassing breath, blood, and urine scores.

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Emerging Issues in the LGBTQ+ Community 2022

(Note: This class may qualify for diversity, inclusion and elimination of bias credit in those jurisdictions having such a requirement)

Credit(s): 3.5 General (50-minute hour)
3 General (60-minute hour)
Course Number: E12220217W
Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes
Date: February 10, 2022
6:00 PM - 9:15 PM
Description: Join us for this informative and dynamic class.  Those who attend will receive an update on same-sex marriage, domestic partnerships, transgender issues, parentage, and more.  Among the topics our knowledgeable and experienced presenter will cover are:
Divorce and separation
Marital contracts (including premarital agreements; post-marital agreements; separation agreements)
Domestic partner contracts
Taxes
Custody and parentage.

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Writing Well 2022

Credit(s): 1 General (50-minute hour)
1 General (60-minute hour)
Course Number: E18220205W
Original Program Date: February 14, 2022
Duration: 1 hour 
Date: February 14, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Description: Join us for the return of this insightful class that provides practical guidance to attorneys trying to improve their legal writing.  Among the topics our distinguished presenter will cover: 
- Words (including words to use and avoid)
- Specific rules for verbs and nouns 
- Sentences (using three tricks to improve sentence structure)
- Paragraphs (emphasizing opening sentences).  

The presenter also will provide those who attend with technical tips to make legal writing more persuasive and explain how writers can objectively measure their progress. 

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Introduction to Department of Defense Security Clearance Cases 2022

Security Clearance Series (Session One)

Credit(s): 3.5 General (50-minute hour)
3 General (60-minute hour)
Course Number: E13220207W
Original Program Date: February 15, 2022
Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes
Date: February 15, 2022
6:00 PM - 9:15 PM
Description: This interactive and popular class provides valuable information on the procedural framework and substantive rules governing the established administrative personnel security due process provided by the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals.  Those who attend will learn about the new national security Adjudicative Guidelines issued by the Director of National Intelligence which became effective in 2017.  Our experienced and engaging presenter will address the effect of Executive Order 13764, that modernizes and strengthens how the Federal Government performs and safeguards background investigations for its employees and contractors.  He also will also discuss the Federal Circuit decision in Wonders v. Department of the Army (September 2016) and its effect on transparency in administrative due process, as well as the latest DoD administrative security clearance case decisions decided during this past year.

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Police Corruption (NEW)

National Association of Attorneys General Series - The Anticorruption Manual: A Guide for State Prosecutors (Part 4)

Credit(s): 1 General (50-minute hour)
1 General (60-minute hour)
Course Number: E06220220W
Original Program Date: February 16, 2022
Duration: 1 hour 
Date: February 16, 2022
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Description: In the fourth session of this five-part series, our expert speakers will address police corruption, prosecution, and broader reform.  Those who attend will learn the most common types of police corruption, some of the investigative steps and tools useful to address police corruption, and the legal issues most likely to arise in police corruption prosecutions.  Additionally, the panel will discuss non-criminal means for addressing police corruption, including commissions and consent decrees.  
The panel will share case studies and lessons learned from their experiences addressing police corruption.  Among the specific topics the panel will address are:
- Types of police corruption
- Investigative challenges particular to investigating police corruption, including overcoming the blue wall of silence, cooperation agreements, proffer agreements, immunity orders, use of the grand jury
- Legal issues such as the use in criminal proceedings of statements obtained under threat of removal from office, prosecutor and defense conflicts of interest, disclosure obligations
Methods of addressing systemic police corruption through investigative commissions and consent decrees.