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D.C. Bar Headquarters 
901 4th Street NW

Washington, DC 20001
phone: 202.737.4700


Hours of Operation: 7 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Weekday Events (5 p.m. – 11 p.m.)

Nearby Metro Stations
Judiciary Square (Red) - five blocks directly south at 450 F Street
Gallery Place-Chinatown (Green/Yellow/Red) - five blocks southwest at H and 7th Streets
Mt. Vernon Square/7th Street Convention Center (Green/Yellow) - six blocks at 7th and M Streets
Union Station (Red) - six blocks southeast down Massachusetts Avenue

 

EVENTS​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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Non-Compete Provisions: Trends, Limitations, and Protecting Your Clients’ Interests 2022

Credit(s): 2 General (60-minute hour)
2 General (50-minute hour)
Course Number: E18220718W
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
Date: July 12, 2022
6:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Credits: 2.0 Credit Hours

Description: Join us for this informative class, during which our experienced presenter will describe non-compete provisions, their purposes, and components.  She will discuss state and federal trends in enforceability of non-compete provisions; discuss factors considered by courts in determining if a non-compete provision is valid; and review basic guidelines for protecting your clients’ interests, whether seeking to protect their business interests or to retain maximum flexibility in their future careers.  Those who attend will:

Have a broader understanding of non-compete provisions in employment contracts, their purposes, and components from both the employer and employee perspective
Better understand current state and federal trends in enforceability of non-compete provisions, including those in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia
More fully understand the major factors a court will review to determine if a non-compete provision is valid, including examples of how courts have applied these factors
Be able to develop basic guidelines for protecting client interests in negotiating non-compete provisions, whether business interests or career flexibility.

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More Effective Writing Makes More Effective Lawyers (July 2022)

Credit(s): 6 General (60-minute hour)
7 General (50-minute hour)
Course Number: E18220701L
Date: July 13, 2022
9:30 AM - 4:45 PM

Description: Knowing the law is essential – but so is being able to communicate about it.  Join writing coach and former attorney Rick Horowitz for a lively and practical session that will reintroduce you to your legal-writing toolbox, including a few tools you didn't know were in there.  This class explores the fundamentals (and the critical details) of creating clear, well-organized, persuasive legal documents.  Briefs, memos, client letters, even daily correspondence benefit from your deeper understanding of what goes into successful writing, so we’ll examine good and not-so-good writing to see what worked, what didn't, and why:

Complete v. Concise: How do you balance those competing urges?
What’s the most effective structure for this document, and this audience?
Should you use an outline?  Are there better options?
How do you overcome “blank-screen panic”?
Shouldn’t your brief be a little more . . . brief?
And do you really need all that legalese?
We’ll also take a fresh look at some of the assumptions and habits that often lead lawyers down less-than-productive writing paths.

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8th Annual Practice 360º| A Day for Lawyers & Law Firms

Course Number: P360_2022
Date: July 14, 2022
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Practice 360º is an all-day in-person conference from the D.C. Bar Practice Management Advisory Service featuring many practical seminars taught by industry experts to help you revolutionize how you manage your firm.
To enter Bar Headquarters, everyone must be fully vaccinated, boosted and download and use the ReturnSafe App. First time ReturnSafe users should allow 72 hours for their data to be processed. In-person protocols are here:https://www.dcbar.org/about/who-we-are/covid-guidelines-visitor-policy

SEMINARS
Data-Driven Law: How Law Firms are Creating New Legal Services for Clients by Ed Waters, Fastcase
Double Your Google Reviews in 2022 by Graham Anderson, Kenect (Sponsor)
Essential Tech, Tools and Talent for Small Firms by Maddy Martin, smith.ai
The Ethics of Social Media: Attorney Advertising and the Investigative Uses of Social Media by Hilary Gerzhoy, Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP
(1.0 Ethics Credit Hour)
The Ethics of Working Remotely During the Pandemic and Beyond by
Niki Black, MyCase (Sponsor)
Great Ways to Get Paid (Without Losing Your Law License) by  Seth M. Guggenheim and Dan Schumack, Schumack Law Firm (2.0 Ethics Credit Hours)
An Introduction to Dark Social – How Social Media Marketing (Really) Works by Conrad Saam, Mockingbird Marketing 
How Hive Mind Can Help Your Law Firm by Jane Lemley of Harrison & Johnston, PLC Pratibha Agarwal of Agarwal Law Group and Chun T. Wright of Law Office of Chun T. Wright PLLC  
Law Firm Liability Exposures: How to Help Prevent Professional Liability and Cyber Liability Claims and How to Mitigate Loss When Claims Do Occur by Mark LeFever, USI Affinity (Sponsor)
The Negotiator’s Tool Kit – Improving Interpersonal Influence by Max Bevilacqua, Max Negotiating
Power Your Modern Law Firm with Remote Associates by Kristin Tyler, LAWCLERK (Sponsor)
Resilience Training: Performance & Interpersonal Management Skills for a Better Practice and a Better Life by Claude Ducloux, LawPay (Sponsor)
Legal Research Update: Maximizing Your Free Fastcase Benefit
by Ed Waters, Fastcase         
Train Your Brain for Peak Performance by Elyse Schunkewitz, LCSW 
Nota by M&T Bank (Sponsor)

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Selecting and Working with Expert Witnesses 2022

Effectively Handling Experts Series – Part One

Credit(s): 3 General (60-minute hour)
3.5 General (50-minute hour)
Course Number: E18220716L
Date: July 18, 2022
6:00 PM - 9:15 PM
Credits: 3.0 Credit Hours
Description: Litigation success often depends on finding expert witnesses who can communicate complex scientific or technical concepts in simple, understandable terms to judges and juries.  This informative introductory class will offer practical techniques and tips to help those who attend identify, select, and develop outstanding experts to support your client’s case. 
Our faculty expert, who has led national expert witness teams in many high-profile cases, will provide strategies on how to find and retain promising experts, practical advice on guiding experts through the preparation of their reports, and helpful tips on ensuring that experts are properly prepared for deposition and trial.  He will review the applicable requirements for expert reports under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and will discuss the rules governing the discoverability of communications between attorneys and retained experts.

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How to Handle a Criminal Case in D.C. Superior Court 2022

Criminal Practice Series

Credit(s): 3 General (60-minute hour)
3.5 General (50-minute hour)
Course Number: E06220704W
Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes
Date: July 19, 2022
6:00 PM - 9:15 PM
Credits: 3.0 Credit Hours
Description: Join us for this popular and informative class.  Those who attend will learn how to better handle a criminal case in D.C. Superior Court from start to finish.  Our knowledgeable and experienced faculty will take those who attend through the process step-by-step, starting with the arrest and continuing through sentencing.  Those who attend will learn about these issues and more: 
Arrest
Arraignment
Pretrial detention
Diversion
Indictment
Plea Bargaining
Pretrial Motions and Hearings
Trial
Sentencing.

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Is That Defamation? Using the Law to Fight Online Attacks 2022

Credit(s): 2 General (60-minute hour)
2 General (50-minute hour)
Course Number: E05220714W
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
Date: July 20, 2022
6:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Credits: 2.0 Credit Hours

Description: Defamation law has never been more relevant than in this political and cultural climate.  Our expert faculty will cover the law of defamation as well as common defenses that arise in defamation actions.  In addition, they will offer practical advice such as:

How to assess whether an attack is potentially actionable as defamation 
What to do when you learn a media outlet is about to publish a hit piece about your client
How to get false and misleading stories corrected or retracted 
How to plead and prove actual malice.
Faculty: Megan Meier, Clare Locke LLP; Dustin Pusch, Clare Locke LLP

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Like a Breach over Troubled Waters: How to Navigate a Cyber Incident 2022

Credit(s): 2 General (60-minute hour)
2 General (50-minute hour)
Course Number: E04220708W
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
Date: July 21, 2022
6:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Credits: 2.0 Credit Hours

Description: Cybercrime has increased dramatically over the past year, and businesses, many of which are still working remotely in some respects, have find themselves vulnerable to cyber-attacks.  Through an interactive tabletop exercise focused on a hypothetical ransomware attack and insurance claim, our faculty experts will cover the full lifecycle of these events.  They will offer insights on how to mitigate and manage cyber risks and liabilities by having a well-crafted insurance program, including how to remediate gaps in cyber insurance coverage, and how to handle the aftermath of a cyber event.
 
The panel will also discuss the potential legal and business implications of the advisory issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Control Assets (OFAC) on sanctions risks for facilitating ransomware payments.

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Fundamentals of Taking Expert Depositions 2022

Effectively Handling Experts Series - Part Two

Credit(s): 3.5 General (60-minute hour)
3 General (50-minute hour)
Course Number: E18220715W
Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes
Date: July 25, 2022
6:00 PM - 9:15 PM
Credits: 3.0 Credit Hours

Description: Litigation success often depends on taking an effective deposition of the opposing party’s expert.  This informative introductory class will offer practical techniques and tips to help you conduct a successful expert witness deposition.  Our faculty expert will provide practical guidance on what you need to know, from the preliminary planning stages to the conclusion of the expert deposition. 
Those who attend will receive strategies for reviewing the expert’s substantive opinions and for identifying vulnerabilities in the expert’s methodology, deficiencies in qualifications, and bias or interest that would affect the expert’s objectivity.  You also will receive advice on time management – a critical factor in successful expert depositions.  In addition, those who attend will learn techniques for handling experts who are nonresponsive or obstructionist, and tips for dealing with inappropriate objections or interference by opposing counsel. 

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How to Write Killer Interrogatories and Requests for Admission 2022

Credit(s): 3.5 General (60-minute hour)
3 General (50-minute hour)
Course Number: E18220710W
Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes
Date: July 26, 2022
6:00 PM - 9:15 PM
Credits: 3.0 Credit Hours
Description: Join us for this informative class that explores effective ways of drafting and responding to written discovery requests, tactical consider­ations, discovery motions, and use of written discovery at trial.  Among the topics our faculty expert will discuss are:     
   
Top 10 goals of discovery
Differences in discovery practice for D.C. Superior Court and U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia        
Effective use of written discovery
Timing and sequence of issuing written discovery    
Drafting written discovery         
Real life examples
Privilege logs         
Rule 37 meet and confer
Duty to supplement discovery
Motions to compel discovery and sanctions
Motions for protective order          
Motions to quash.

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Drafting Financial and Healthcare Powers of Attorney in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia 2022

Credit(s): 3 General (60-minute hour)
3.5 General (50-minute hour)
Course Number: E142207012W
Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes
Date: July 27, 2022
6:00 PM - 9:15 PM
Credits: 3.0 Credit Hours
Description:  Join us for this informative and timely class.  Our faculty experts will provide those who attend with a practical introduction to drafting powers of attorney for financial matters and health care decisions in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.  Those who attend will learn more of the law and how it applies to drafting these essential documents.  The faculty will compare and contrast the requirements of the three jurisdictions, discuss recent changes in the law, and provide practice pointers.

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Lunch and Learn- Vetting Technology with Sharon Nelson & John Simek of Sensei Enterprises, Inc.

Course Number: LL_072822
Duration: 2 hours 
Date: July 28, 2022
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM ((GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada))

Legal technology services promise the moon and sometimes deliver less. This session will focus on the process of selecting and vetting legal technology for your practice.

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Jump In: Identify Pain Points, Stay Compliant, and Thrive with Legal Tech (NEW)

Credit(s): 1 General (50-minute hour)
1 General (60-minute hour)
Course Number: E17220518W
Duration: 1 hour 
Date: August 2, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Description: The world of legal technology is vast, which may sometimes translate into overwhelming.  It's okay if you don't know where to even start.  In this new and timely class, our presenter will discuss how to identify the pain points in your office and consider how implementing legal tech tools may help ease those for you (and your clients), as well as allow your law firm to run more efficiently and profitably.

How to identify the pain points of your office (i.e., too many hours being spent on non-billable client intake calls)
How to avoid the pitfalls of commonly overlooked compliance issues when implementing legal technology
Old school vs. new school, and how your legal technology impacts your existing and potential clients (and how they see you)

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Negotiating and Drafting LLC Agreements in the District of Columbia 2022

Credit(s): 3 General (60-minute hour)
3.5 General (50-minute hour)
Course Number: E03220808W
Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes
Date: August 3, 2022
10:00 AM - 1:15 PM 
Credits: 3.0 Credit Hours
Description: Join our expert faculty as they take you through multiple fully negotiated LLC agreements, focusing on standard provisions, negotiating, and understanding partnership tax concepts, key management provisions, and effective exit strategies.  Those who attend will learn the ins and outs of negotiating and drafting LLC agreements under the laws of the District of Columbia.  The panel will also review the basics of choice of entity considerations.

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Understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act: ADA Employment Law and Litigation for Beginners 2022

Credit(s): 3 General (60-minute hour)
3.5 General (50-minute hour)
Course Number: E11220802W
Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes
Date: August 4, 2022
6:00 PM - 9:15 PM
Credits: 3.0 Credit Hours

Description: Our engaging and informative faculty will help those attend how to navigate the statutory framework of the American with Disabilities Act, and will provide guidance on advising employers and employees in this complex area.  In addition, those who attend will learn about litigating and defending ADA cases, including legal theories of recovery, exhaustion of administrative remedies, proving and defending a case, and remedies.  Among the topics our faculty will discuss are:

Statutory framework, including the Americans With Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAA), Rehabilitation Act, Congressional Accountability Act, and State statutes
Important coverage definitions under the ADA
“Disability”
“Major life activities”
“Substantially limits”
“Regarded As” 

Medical examinations/confidentiality
What a reasonable accommodation/undue hardship is
Proving or defending an ADA case
Remedies.

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Ethics and Criminal Defense 2022

Criminal Practice Series

Credit(s): 2 Ethics and Professional Responsibility (60-minute hour)
2 Ethics and Professional Responsibility (50-minute hour)
Course Number: E11220802W
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
Date: August 9, 2022
6:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Credits: 2.0 Ethics Credit Hours

Description: Join us for this popular class that explores common ethical issues that arise in criminal defense cases.  Criminal defense lawyers face unique issues.  In this class, or knowledgeable and engaging panel will explore:
- Flat fees for criminal representations after In re Mance
- How to handle it when someone other than the client pays the legal fees
- The ethics of joint representations in criminal investigations
- How to handle a client or a witness who is set on giving testimony an attorney knows to be perjury
- Terminating and withdrawing from representations, particularly with difficult clients 
- The options an attorney has when responding to a petition for post-conviction relief alleging ineffective assistance.

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Financial Accounting Basics for Lawyers 2022

Credit(s): 3 General (60-minute hour)
3.5 General (50-minute hour)
Course Number: E03220803W
Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes
Date: August 10, 2022
6:00 PM - 9:15 PM 
Credits: 3.0 Credit Hours                                                   
Description: Join us for the return of this informative class and learn the basics of reading financial statements. This class will provide those who attend with a primer on the three types of financial statements: income statement, balance sheet, and statement of cash flows.  Those who attend will learn the different components of each statement and how they are interrelated.  In addition, our multidisciplinary panel will cover a variety of technical accounting matters that attorneys may encounter in their practice. 

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More Effective Writing Makes More Effective Lawyers (August)

Credit(s): 6 General (60-minute hour)
7 General (50-minute hour)
Course Number: E18220804W
Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes
Date: August 11, 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. Briefs, memos, client letters, even daily correspondence benefit from your deeper understanding of what goes into successful writing, so we’ll examine good and not-so-good writing to see what worked, what didn't, and why: 

- What should you include, and what can you leave out?
- What’s the most effective structure for this document, and this audience?
- Should you use an outline?  Are there better options?
- Are there ways to overcome “blank-screen panic?”
- Shouldn’t your brief be a little more . . . brief?
- And do you really need all that legalese?

Rick has reshaped his program to take best advantage of Zoom’s interactive features.  And as you’ll see from the comments below, he’s managed to retain much of the give-and-take, back-and-forth energy that’s made his in-person sessions so popular here at the DC Bar. You’re sure to come away with new skills, new strategies, and new confidence.  
Faculty: Rick Horowitz­, PrimeProse LLC

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Basic Training and Beyond (08/17/2022 - Day 1)

How to Start a Law Firm

Course Number: BT_081722
Duration: 8 hours 
Date: August 17, 2022
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Basic Training & Beyond is a two-day program for lawyers and law firm staff interested in starting, managing, and growing a law firm in the District of Columbia. It is presented monthly, without charge, for D.C. Bar members and firm staff.  Following registration and in the week prior to the session, you may indicate to PMAS@dcbar.org whether you will attend in person or on Zoom.

 In the day-one session, all the essentials of starting a firm in D.C. are covered. 

 In the day-two session, growth and management issues are covered including client relations, productivity, technology, and marketing.

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Lunch and Learn: Officing at Carr WorkPlaces

Course Number: LL_081822
Duration: 2 hours 
Date: August 18, 2022
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM 
Learn how office-on-demand services work for your law firm.

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Basic Training and Beyond (08/24/2022 - Day 2)

How to Grow a Law Firm

Course Number: BT_082422
Date: August 24, 2022
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Basic Training & Beyond is a two-day program for lawyers and law firm staff interested in starting, managing, and growing a law firm in the District of Columbia. It is presented monthly, without charge, for D.C. Bar members and firm staff.  Following registration and in the week prior to the session, you may indicate to PMAS@dcbar.org whether you will attend in person or on Zoom.

 In the day-one session, all the essentials of starting a firm in D.C. are covered.
 In the day-two session, growth and management issues are covered including client relations, productivity, technology, and marketing.

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