​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.)

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Non-Compete Provisions: Trends, Limitations, and Protecting Your Clients’ Interests 2024

Credit(s): 2 General (60-minute hour)
2 General (50-minute hour)
Course Number: E09240706W
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
Date: July 16, 2024
5:00 PM - 7:15 PM
Credits: 2.0 general credit hours
 
Description: Join us for this informative class, during which our experienced presenter will describe non-compete provisions, their purposes, and components. Those who attend will learn about state and federal trends in the enforceability of non-compete provisions; factors considered by courts in determining if a non-compete provision is valid; and basic guidelines for protecting your clients’ interests, whether seeking to protect their business interests or to retain maximum flexibility in their future careers. The following are what those who attend will derive:

Gain 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 decide 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

While this class is a must for those who represent employers and employees, others may find the subject matter of interest.
 
Faculty: Anne P. Hovis, Esq.
Fees: $89 D.C. Bar Community Members, $99 D.C. Bar Members, $109 Government and Nonprofit Attorneys, and $129 Others

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Dealing with Annoying and Sometimes Abusive Discovery Tactics 2024

Credit(s): 3 General (60-minute hour)
3.5 General (50-minute hour)
Course Number: E18240709W
Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes
Date: July 18, 2024
5:30 PM - 8:45 PM
Credits: 3.0 Credit Hours
 
Description: Examine some of the most common abusive discovery tactics and receive practical advice on how to respond effectively. While some of these tac­tics are merely annoying, others may have serious consequences for your cases and clients. Tactics our experienced and insightful faculty will address include the following:
Abusive or oppressive conduct toward witnesses
Obstreperous behavior in defending depositions
Overly burdensome or otherwise improper discovery requests
Misleading or artfully crafted discovery responses
Use and abuse of objections and “canned” responses
Harassing and otherwise invasive discovery
Uncivil conduct toward opposing counsel and others

While this class is intended for civil litigators with some experience, newer attorneys may also find it of interest.
 
Faculty: Katherine R. Atkinson, Atkinson Law Group and Patrick J. Coyne, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
Fees: $89 D.C. Bar Community Members, $99 D.C. Bar Members, $109 Government and Nonprofit Attorneys, and $129 Others

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Navigating the Complexities of Consumer Data Privacy: Legal Considerations 2024

DATE CHANGED FROM JULY 31, 2024

Credit(s): 2 General (60-minute hour)
2 General (50-minute hour)
Course Number: E04240711W
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
Date: July 23, 2024
10:00 AM - 12:15 PM 
This class is eligible for CLE Passport use.
Credits: 2.0 general credit hours
 
Description: In today's digital age, data is king. The vast amounts of data collected from consumers have revolutionized the way businesses operate but have also created myriad legal issues and complexities for attorneys and their clients. This informative class will explore the various legal considerations surrounding consumer data privacy and provide practical guidance on how businesses can navigate these complex issues.
 
Among the specific topics our knowledgeable panel will discuss are an overview of consumer data privacy laws, including the CCPA and GDPR, data collection and processing, data breach and incident response, and best practices for data privacy compliance. Those who attend will leave with a better understanding of the various legal considerations surrounding consumer data privacy, knowledge of best practices for data privacy compliance, practical guidance on how to navigate complex data privacy issues, a fuller understanding of potential legal liabilities and obligations surrounding data breaches, and the ability to effectively counsel clients on data privacy matters.

Faculty: Dharmesh Patel, Adzapier and Boyd Stough, Concourse Partners LLC
Fees: $89 D.C. Bar Communities Members, $99 D.C. Bar Members, $109 Government and Nonprofit Attorneys, and $129 Others

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Drafting Financial and Healthcare Powers of Attorney in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia 2024

Credit(s): 3.5 General (50-minute hour)
3 General (60-minute hour)
Course Number: E08240712W
Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes
Date: July 24, 2024
5:30 PM - 8:45 PM ((GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada))
Passport: This product is Passport Eligible 

This class is eligible for CLE Passport use.
 
Credits: 3.0 general credit hours
Description: Join our faculty experts as they provide 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.
Faculty: John L. Laster, Law Offices of John L. Laster and Catherine Mary Rafferty, Law Offices of Catherine Mary Rafferty
 
Fees: $89 D.C. Bar Community Members, $99 D.C. Bar Members, $109 Government and Nonprofit Attorneys, and $129 Others
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The Lawyer's Guide to Cybersecurity in 2024: Reaching Peak Performance

Credit(s): 1 General (60-minute hour)
1 General (50-minute hour)
Course Number: E16240713W
Duration: 1 hour 
Date: July 25, 2024
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
This class is eligible for CLE Passport use.
 
Credits: 1.0 Credit Hour (Note: This class may qualify for technology credit in those jurisdictions with such a requirement)
Description: In today's digital landscape, cybersecurity is more crucial than ever for law firms. The consequences of a cybersecurity breach can be catastrophic. Data breaches not only expose sensitive client information but also lead to financial loss, reputational damage, and even legal action. Join us for this new and timely class, where our multi-disciplinary panel will dive into essential strategies and practices to safeguard your firm and enhance client trust.
 
Discover the game plan you need to proactively assure clients that you care about their security and that your firm adheres to stringent cybersecurity protocols. Equip yourself with the knowledge and tools needed to navigate the complex world of cybersecurity, protect your client data, and fortify your firm's reputation. Don't wait until it's too late; take charge of your cybersecurity strategy today.
 
Faculty: Doug Brown, Summit Success International & Tom Kirkham, Kirkham IronTech
Fees: $39 D.C. Bar Communities Members, $49 D.C. Bar Members, $59 Government and Nonprofit Attorneys, and $79 Others

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Preparing for Trial as a Solo Attorney: Your Message, Elements of Proof, and Organizing Your Presentation 2024

Credit(s): 1 General (60-minute hour)
1 General (50-minute hour)
Course Number: E18240710W
Duration: 1 hour 
Date: July 30, 2024
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM 
Credits: 1.0 general credit hour
 
Description: Preparing for trial is a daunting task, especially for solo practitioners who do not have the resources available to them that other attorneys enjoy. Join us for this informative class as our expert presenter Claude E. Ducloux discusses common issues solo attorneys encounter when preparing for trial. The following are among the topics he will address:
Preparing the non-trial lawyer for a trial before the court
Understanding the business/ethics side of litigation, and ethics of fee-setting.
Understanding WHY you’re going to court
Developing a trial theme
Defining elements of case or defense, and evidence needed for each
Preparing witnesses ahead of time
Simple yet effective presentation techniques
Scoping out your courtroom/court staff ahead of time
Scheduling how to present your evidence
Understanding standard objections
Ethical rules about evidence, offers of testimony and the duty to correct false testimony
Drafting your judgment early, and other necessities
Courtroom choreography – where you’ll sit or set up, and the room.
Keeping track of exhibits and rulings during trial
Handling your client throughout the process – reasonable expectations

Faculty: Claude E. Ducloux, LawPay
Cosponsor: LawPay
Fees: $39 D.C. Bar Communities Members, $49 D.C. Bar Members, $59 Government and Nonprofit Attorneys, and $79 Others

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Serving the Organizational Client Ethically While Delivering (and Demonstrating) Greater Value to That Client 2024

Credit(s): 1.5 Ethics and Professional Responsibility (60-minute hour)
1.5 Ethics and Professional Responsibility (50-minute hour)
Course Number: E11240705W
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Date: July 31, 2024
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Credits: 1.5 ethics & professionalism credit hours
 
Description: For several decades, corporate law departments have become increasingly assertive in their demands for legal service provided to their companies by outside attorneys. Corporate counsel have been requiring electronic billing, use of task codes for billing, law firms to work collaboratively with other firms or to work with “alternative legal service providers,” diversity among their outside attorneys, and the elusive and not clearly defined “alternative fee arrangement.” 
 
These demands continue and are driven by the in-house attorneys' internal pressure to meet budgets and to demonstrate to their internal clients the “value” that they and the external attorneys together provide to the business, especially in these challenging times. What might the “end game” look like for the relationship between in-house and outside attorneys? How does the corporate attorney, whether in-house or external, define the value they provide an organization, and how can the fee reflect that value within applicable ethical constraints?
 
Join us for this popular class that discusses these issues and defines how both the in-house and external attorney can conceptualize the value each brings to the organizational client within the confines of the rules of professional conduct; how they can work together, particularly given the tension between the external counsel’s professional obligations to the client and the in-house attorney’s mandate to limit or control legal costs; and the ethical considerations when developing alternative fee structures.
 
Faculty: Margaret M. Cassidy, Cassidy Law PLLC; Saul J. Singer, D.C. Bar Legal Ethics Counsel; and Brian Zuercher, Blue Line Aviation
Fees: $39 D.C. Bar Communities Members, $49 D.C. Bar Members, $59 Government and Nonprofit Attorneys, and $79 Others
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The Stategic Use of Mediation 2024

Credit(s): 2 General (60-minute hour)
2 General (50-minute hour)
Course Number: E01240801W
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
Date: August 6, 2024
10:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Credits: 2.0 general credit hours
 
Description: If you litigate, you mediate. And when you mediate, you want to make the best use of the process. The following are among the topics this practical and informative class will address:
How to choose the right mediator
How to prepare your client, yourself, and the mediator
How to design the best mediation process
How to use pre-mediation contacts to improve the process
When and how to use the joint session to aid the process
How to use the mediator strategically to improve your results
How and when to use impasse techniques

In short, our faculty expert identifies and teaches those advocacy skills that are critical to representing clients in mediation.
 
Faculty: Stephen D. Altman, Altman Dispute Resolution Services
Cosponsors: None
Fees: $89 D.C. Bar Communities Members, $99 D.C. Bar Members, $109 Government and Nonprofit Attorneys, and $129 Others
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Indemnity and Insurance Provisions in Commercial Contracts 2024

Credit(s): 1 General (60-minute hour)
1 General (50-minute hour)
Course Number: E04240802W
Duration: 1 hour 
Date: August 8, 2024
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Credits: 1.0 general credit hour
 
Description: Join our expert faculty as they explain the law and give practical advice on analyzing indemnity and insurance provisions and how those provisions interact with primary and excess insurance policies. Among the topics the panel will discuss are the following:
Indemnity agreements and the scope of indemnity clauses in commercial contracts (e.g., vendor, construction, and other agreements)
How indemnity agreements and insurance provisions in commercial contracts interplay with insurance coverage, including the distinct types of coverage commonly associated with indemnity agreements
The key differences between insured contract coverage and additional insured coverage, and the benefits of requiring that your company has additional insured coverage
Pitfalls to avoid when reviewing insurance contracts
Best practices to implement in commercial contracts for reviewing indemnity and insurance provisions to better position your company when pursuing indemnity and insurance claims from primary and excess insurers

This fast-paced class designed for in-house counsel, transactional attorneys, and litigators covers key aspects of indemnity and insurance provisions in commercial contracts, including vendor, service provider, construction, leases, and other types of agreements.
 
Faculty: Timothy Monahan, Lockton Companies; Sergio F. Oehninger, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP; and Jaswant Singh, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Cosponsors: None
Fees: $39 D.C. Bar Communities Members, $49 D.C. Bar Members, $59 Government and Nonprofit Attorneys, and $79 Others
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Refresher Course on Using the Bluebook: Practice Tips 2024

Credit(s): 1 General (60-minute hour)
1 General (50-minute hour)
Course Number: E18240609W
Duration: 1 hour 
Date: August 13, 2024
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Credits: 1.0 general credit hour
 
Description: Those who attend this popular annual class will review the basic Bluebook rules, including proper full and short citation form, use of parentheticals to describe cases, pinpoint citations, and use and meanings of signals preceding case citations. Our experienced and engaging presenter will focus on District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia citations and proper abbreviations of courts in those jurisdictions. She will review the Table of Abbreviations as well as the rules on which aspects of case names you should, and should not, abbreviate.
 
Faculty: Crystal S. Deese, Jackson & Campbell PC
Fees: $39 D.C. Bar Communities Members, $49 D.C. Bar Members, $59 Government and Nonprofit Attorneys, and $79 Others

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Understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act: ADA Employment Law and Litigation for Beginners 2024

Credit(s): 3 General (60-minute hour)
3.5 General (50-minute hour)
Course Number: E09240804W
Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes
Date: August 14, 2024
5:00 PM - 8:15 PM 
Credits: 3.0 general credit hours
Description: Our engaging and insightful faculty will help those who attend learn 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. The following are among the topics the faculty will discuss:
Statutory framework
Important coverage definitions under the ADA
Medical examinations/confidentiality
What a reasonable accommodation/undue hardship is
Proving or defending an ADA case
Remedies
Hot topics in the law

While this class is a must for those who represent employees and employers in ADA matters, others may find the topics of interest as well.
 
Faculty: Daniel B. Kohrman, Gilbert Employment Law PC; Jonathan R. Mook, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart PC; and Carolyn Wheeler, Katz Banks Kumin LLP
Fees: $89 D.C. Bar Communities Members, $99 D.C. Bar Members, $109 Government and Nonprofit Attorneys, and $129 Others
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More Effective Writing Makes More Effective Lawyers (August 2024)

Credit(s): 7 General (50-minute hour)
6 General (60-minute hour)
Course Number: E18240805L
Date: August 15, 2024
9:30 AM - 4:45 PM
Credits: 6.0 general credit hours 

Description: Knowing the law is essential, but so is being able to communicate about it. And at a time when face-to-face encounters have largely disappeared from your schedule, writing clearly and productively – letting your written words really work for you – may be more essential than ever. 

So, join writing coach and former attorney Rick Horowitz 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 full day 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?

Join Rick as he returns to the D.C. Bar building for the give-and-take, back-and-forth energy that’s made his in-person sessions so popular.  You’re sure to come away with new skills, new strategies, and new confidence.

We are limiting the class to 30 participants.  

Faculty: Rick Horowitz­, PrimeProse LLC
Fees: $279 D.C. Bar Communities Members, $289 D.C. Bar Members, $299 Government and Nonprofit Attorneys, $319 Others

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Finance for Lawyers 2024

Credit(s): 6 General (60-minute hour)
7 General (50-minute hour)
Course Number: E03240807L
Date: August 21, 2024
9:00 AM - 4:35 PM
Credits: 6.0 general credit hours
 
Description: Many common legal situations have a financial component – from bankruptcy and business transactions to divorce and personal injury. Attorneys do not have to be accountants, but understanding financial concepts is crucial for every well-rounded attorney. Join our engaging and expert presenter as he explains key financial and accounting concepts and breaks down the complexities of financial data. Among the topics he will discuss are as follows:
Understanding financial statements
Accounting methodologies and principles
Who’s Who in financial reporting - Government and non-government regulators
Governmental and non-governmental reporting
Private company accounting (GAAP)
Key numbers and ratios
Present value concepts and business valuations
The attorney’s role in financial audits
Basic concepts of financial investment
Financial fraud schemes

The goal for those who attend is to develop an intuitive understanding of finance basics without having to decipher complex financial or mathematical formulas.
Faculty: Joseph Novello, Financial Training Organization
Fees: $189 D.C. Bar Communities Members, $209 D.C. Bar Members, $229 Government and Nonprofit Attorneys, and $269 Others

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Ethics & Pro Bono: Remaining Ethical While Doing Good 2024

Credit(s): 2 Ethics and Professional Responsibility (60-minute hour)
2 Ethics and Professional Responsibility (50-minute hour)
Course Number: E11240808W
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
Date: August 22, 2024
10:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Passport: This product is Passport Eligible 

Credits: 2.0 ethics & professionalism credit hours
Description: Pro bono service has been an important part of the United States legal system since its inception. It is still important when considering who we are as a profession, and what we should value in terms of the services we provide. The D.C. Rules of Professional Conduct have numerous provisions that are particularly relevant to attorneys handling pro bono matters. From the applicability of rules requiring written fee agreements to dealing with pro se litigants or impaired cli­ents to conflict-of-interest issues, our faculty experts will help those who attend better understand their ethical obligations. Using hypothetical scenarios based on actual issues and ques­tions pro bono attorneys have raised, D.C. Bar ethics counsel and a representative of the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center will give those who attend the tools needed to avoid ethical problems when representing pro bono cli­ents.
 
Faculty: Adrian Gottshall, Director, Pro Bono Representation & Training, D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center; Nakia L. Matthews, Senior Legal Ethics Counsel; and Saul Jay Singer, D.C. Bar Senior Legal Ethics Counsel
 
Fees: $89 D.C. Bar Communities Members, $99 D.C. Bar Members, $109 Government and Nonprofit Attorneys, and $129 Others

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Family Law Practice around the Beltway 2024

Credit(s): 3 General (60-minute hour)
3.5 General (50-minute hour)
Course Number: E1240809W
Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes
Date: August 27, 2024
5:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Passport: This product is Passport Eligible 

Credits: 3.0 general credit hours
 
Description: Join us for this popular class that focuses on the basics of family law practice in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. Our expert faculty will discuss key substantive and procedural differences among the three jurisdictions and offer pointers for effective practice in each of the major courts in the D.C. metropolitan area.
 
The class is geared toward attorneys having some familiarity with the basics of family law (e.g., equitable distribution, support, and custody) and who are interested in the state of the law on these issues in the three jurisdictions – whether or not they are admitted in each. Attendees will also receive a synopsis of current laws on major family law topics in each jurisdiction.
 
Faculty: Daniel L. Gray, Cooper Ginsberg Gray PLLC; Anne Marie Jackson, Feldman Jackson PC; and Deborah L. Webb, Webb, Soypher McGrath LLC
 
Fees: $89 D.C. Bar Communities Members, $99 D.C. Bar Members, $109 Government and Nonprofit Attorneys, and $129 Others

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Law Firms and the War Against Ransomware: How to Prevent, Respond and Recover (NEW)

Credit(s): 1 General (60-minute hour)
1 General (50-minute hour)
Course Number: E16240810W
Duration: 1 hour 
Date: August 28, 2024
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM 
Passport: This product is Passport Eligible 

Credit: 1.0 general credit hour
Description: Ransomware attacks are still the #1 cyber threat that law firms face, but with an updated twist. Today’s ransomware often steals your confidential data before its encryption. Frequently, we now see two ransoms demanded. One for the decryption key and one for a promise (because cyber criminals are so honorable) not to destroy your data. Many law firms are paying, sometimes because they have cyber insurance, and paying is cheaper than being inoperative for an extended period.
 
How do law firms get ransomware? How can they defend against it? If stricken, how should they handle the attack? Should you pay the ransom? Is it illegal to pay the ransom? Spoiler alert: Sometimes it is. How do you recover from a ransomware attack?
 
Our experts will offer chilling stories of law firms crippled by ransomware along with tips for defending against and responding to ransomware. This class is a must for attorneys regardless of which sector they practice in, or the size of their firm or office.
Faculty: Michael C. Maschke, Sensei Enterprises Inc. and Sharon D. Nelson, Sensei Enterprises Inc.
 
Fees: $39 D.C. Bar Communities Members, $49 D.C. Bar Members, $59 Government and Nonprofit Attorneys, and $79 Others

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