​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
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Union Station (Red) - six blocks southeast down Massachusetts Avenue

 

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

Nuts and Bolts of Employment Discrimination Law 2024

Credit(s): 3.5 General (50-minute hour)
3 General (60-minute hour)
Course Number: E092405010W
Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes
Date: May 21, 2024
6:00 PM - 9:15 PM
Credits: 3.0 general credit hours

Description: As the employment landscape continues changing so do the challenges facing employers and employees alike. Join our distinguished panel and learn the basics of employment discrimination law as they discuss cases from the Supreme Court of the United States, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Those who attend will learn how to better prove and defend a discrimination claim, including the elements of proof under relevant federal statutes such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA), Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. The following are among the specific topics the panel will discuss:
Disparate treatment (race, gender, national origin, religion, age, disability, pregnancy)
Retaliation
Harassment – Hostile work environment
Reasonable accommodations under the ADAAA
Equal pay

While this is a wide-ranging and informative class, the faculty will not focus on proving damages. This class is a must for those who handle employment discrimination cases, or who have an interest in the subject matter.

Faculty: Carla D. Brown, Charlson Bredehoft Cohen & Brown PC; Adam D. Herzog, Katz Banks Kumin LLP (Moderator); and Thomas P. Murphy, Jackson Lewis PC
Fees: $89 D.C. Bar Communities Members, $99 D.C. Bar Members, $109 Government and Nonprofit Attorneys, and $129 Others

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Medicaid Asset Protection 2024

Credit(s): 3 General (60-minute hour)
3.5 General (50-minute hour)
Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes
Date: May 22, 2024
6:00 PM - 9:15 PM
Credits: 3.0 general credit hours

Description: Middle class Americans cannot afford to ignore the costs of nursing home and other long-term care, now typically exceeding $12,000 per month. Only ten to fifteen percent of Americans can afford and have long-term care insurance, and even that is not always adequate. For most, Medicaid is the primary source of payment, so a basic understanding of the Medicaid asset protection process is vital for attorneys who work with seniors and their families. This informative and wide-ranging class provides an overview of Medicaid asset protection concepts and strategies that estate planning and elder law attorneys in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia use to help clients protect assets for themselves and their families while facilitating earlier Medicaid eligibility.

Faculty: Evan H. Farr, Farr Law Firm PC
Fees: $89 D.C. Bar Communities Members, $99 D.C. Bar Members, $109 Government and Nonprofit Attorneys, and $129 Others

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Member Benefits Webinar - Real in the Virtual: Building Trust and Demonstrating Expertise in the Age of AI

Original Program Date: April 18, 2024
Duration: 1 hour 
Date: May 23, 2024
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
With ChatGPT’s surge in popularity, law firms are publishing more content than ever
before in an attempt to feed the content beast and rank better with Google. In this
webinar for DC Bar members, digital marketing expert Emily Brady will delve into the
challenges faced by attorneys and share best practices for cutting through the noise.

During this session, Emily will explore:
● Google’s E-E-A-T and its impact on search
● The evolution of legal SEO and what firms need to know to maximize visibility in
2024
● Practical strategies for showcasing authenticity and providing unique value in a
sea of online legal content

About the Speaker
Emily Brady is the Director of SEO at Omnizant, a digital marketing agency for law firms and DC
Bar Member Benefit Partner. With 12 years of experience, Emily brings deep knowledge of
organic search marketing, specifically for the legal space. She has spoken at conferences, 
including MozCon 2022, and has appeared on numerous podcasts to share her insights.

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Insurance in the Cyber/AI Era (NEW)

Credit(s): 2 General (50-minute hour)
2 General (60-minute hour)
Course Number: E04240516L
Date: May 29, 2024
6:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Credits: 2.0 general credit hours (Note: This class may qualify for technology credit in those jurisdictions having such requirements)
 
Description: With the proliferation and rapid evolution of artificial intelligence (“AI”), business must continually reexamine their use and reliance on AI technologies to avoid or mitigate risk. Understanding your client’s exposure to AI risk begins with understanding your client’s risk vulnerability, including the way AI is incorporated into products, production, distribution and facility operation, among many other components of business operations. This understanding is critical to ensuring appropriate risk mitigation measures are in place including appropriate guardrails for employee use of AI, adequate protection of content and data, management of vendors, and navigation of cybersecurity and privacy issues. 
 
Insurance will be a vital component in the management of AI risk and evaluating how to limit that risk. As the scope and use of AI expands, potentially implicated coverages will include, among others, property and business interruption; supply chain and other contingent coverages; general liability; products liability; employment practices liability; cyber, directors, and officers liability; media liability; and professional liability/errors and omissions.
 
This topical class is a must for all attorneys regardless of their area of practice.
 
Faculty: Latosha M. Ellis, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP and Michael S. Levine, Hunton Andrews Kurth 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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In-house Counsel Privilege Pitfalls 2024

Credit(s): 2 Ethics & Professionalism, except for Virginia, for which you will receive general credit (60-minute hour)
2 Ethics & Professionalism, except for Virginia, for which you will receive general credit (50-minute hour)
Course Number: E11240512W
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
Date: May 30, 2024
6:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Credits: 2.0 ethics and professionalism credit hours (Note: This class qualifies for general credit only in Virginia.

Description: The United States Supreme Court recently heard argument on a critical question for protecting in-house attorneys’ communications with their clients: when is an in-house lawyer’s “dual-purpose” communication – that is, one containing both legal and non-legal advice – protected by attorney-client privilege? This insightful class will explore the law governing attorney-client privilege and work product protections, and trends in privilege decisions relating to in-house counsel roles. Our knowledgeable and engaging faculty will draw on court opinions to guide a case-study based discussion of the rules governing in-house privilege claims and will offer best practices to protect the attorney-client privilege.

While this class is aimed at those who work in-house or who represent organizations with in-house attorneys, others may find the class of interest.

Faculty: Deepika H. Ravi, HWG LLP and Amy E. Richardson, HWG 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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Hearsay: What It Is, and What to Do When You Encounter It 2024

Credit(s): 2 General (50-minute hour)
2 General (60-minute hour)
Course Number: E18240601W
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
Date: June 3, 2024
6:00 PM - 8:15 PM

Credits: 2.0 general credit hours
Description: We learned about hearsay in law school, we have discussed it as attorneys, but many still are rightly confused by what hearsay is and is not, and how to handle it in court. For those who want to learn more about what hearsay is, and how to deal with it at trial, join us for this informative, and practical class that covers these issues and more. The following are among the issues our faculty expert will address:
Hearsay – The fundamentals
What statements are not hearsay by rule
What statements fall within the exceptions to the rules of hearsay
Practical ways to overcome the bar on hearsay
Differences between how federal courts and D.C. courts address hearsay
And more . . .

This class is a must for all attorneys who litigate, whether they handle civil matters or practice in the criminal courts.

Faculty: John M. Remy, Jackson Lewis PC
Fees: $89 D.C. Bar Communities Members, $99 D.C. Bar Members, $109 Government and Nonprofit Attorneys, and $129 Others

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Basic Training and Beyond (06/04/24 - Day 1)

How to Start a Law Firm

Course Number: BT_060424
Date: June 4, 2024
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.

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.

In order to attend this event in person, you must comply with the D.C. Bar’s policy located here.

As a resource, an eManual is provided to those who attend. The program has been presented regularly since 2008 and thousands of members have attended and many have launched successful firms. Many of these members stay in contact with our presenters, Dan Mills and Kaitlin Forster, former small firm lawyers, and these connections inform the content of the sessions. 

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IN-PERSON: Domestic Relations Bench-Bar Dialogue

Course Number: C0924NC07I
Date: June 5, 2024
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Credit: 0 CLE Credit Hours

The annual Domestic Relations Bench-Bar Dialogue is a unique event that brings together domestic relations practitioners and the judges of the D.C. Superior Court for an off-the-record discussion on various aspects of family law practice in the District of Columbia. This program is an opportunity for practitioners to gain insights directly from the judges who preside over family law cases as well as a chance to understand the court’s perspective on various issues. Whether you’re a seasoned practitioner or new to the field of family law, join us in the Jurors’ Lounge on the third floor of the Moultrie Courthouse for this informative discussion

Pre-registration for this program is required. As always, please feel free to share this invitation with colleagues. D.C. Bar membership is not required to attend. Non-members will need to create a profile to register and access the content. 

Are you a current law student and looking to register for one of our programs? Learn about the D.C. Bar Law Student Community and attend most individual programs at a discounted rate. Find out more here.

Sponsored by:  D.C. Bar Family Law Community
Related Communities of Interest: D.C. Bar Early Career Lawyers Community; D.C. Bar Law Student Community; D.C. Bar Public Interest and Courts Community

Speakers:
Hon. Julie Becker, Judge, D.C. Superior Court
Hon. Laura Crane, Judge, D.C. Superior Court
Hon. Kelly Higashi, Deputy Presiding Judge, Family Court,  D.C. Superior Court
Hon. Veronica Sanchez, Judge, D.C. Superior Court
Hon. Kenia Seoane-Lopez, Judge, D.C. Superior Court
Hon. Darlene Soltys, Presiding Judge, Family Court Division, D.C. Superior Court 
Hon. Steven Wellner, Judge, D.C. Superior Court
Elizabeth Selmo, Co-Chair, D.C. Bar Family Law Community Steering Committee (Moderator)

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REMOTE PROGRAM: Fireside Chat on Commercial Real Estate Finance and Leasing

Course Number: C1524NC02W
Duration: 2 hours 
Date: June 6, 2024
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Credit: 0 Credit Hours

Join the D.C. Bar Real Estate, Housing and Land Use ("REHLU") Community for another exciting fireside chat and Q&A. The next topic in this foundational 2-Part Series will be on Commercial Real Estate Finance & Leasing. This discussion will touch on applicable law, practical considerations, and best practices. Some special topics will include financing instruments, “unwritten” customs, and rights and remedies.

Pre-registration for this program is required. As always, please feel free to share this invitation with colleagues. D.C. Bar membership is not required to attend. Non-members will need to create a profile to register and access the content.
 
Are you a current law student and looking to register for one of our programs? Learn about the D.C. Bar Law Student Community and attend most individual programs at a discounted rate. Find out more here. 
 
This remote programs will be hosted on the Zoom platform. You will receive access information from D.C. Bar Communities staff the afternoon prior to the program. The Zoom access information should not be shared with other, as registration is required.
 
Sponsored by: D.C. Bar Real Estate, Housing and Land Use Community
Related Community of Interest: D.C. Bar Early Career Lawyers Community; D.C. Bar Law Student Community 
 
Speakers:
Maria K. Day-Marshall, Director, Real Estate Development Program, Colvin Institute of Real Estate Development, University of Maryland 
Stephanie Shack, General Counsel, Continental Realty Corporation
Charles Tolliver, Attorney, Law Office of Charles Tolliver, PLLC (Moderator)

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June 2024 Exempt Organizations Update & Meeting (NEW)

Live from Washington, D.C. & Dallas, Texas

Credit(s): 7.5 General (50-minute hour)
6.5 General (60-minute hour)
Course Number: E20240613W
Duration: 8 hours 
Date: June 7, 2024
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Credits: 6.5 general credit hours
 
Description: This comprehensive program brings together current and former IRS and government regulators and private practitioners in the legal and accounting industries to discuss the latest statutory, regulatory, and judicial developments affecting tax exempt organizations. The following are among the specific topics this program covers:
Strengthening compliance through interdisciplinary collaboration
IRS exempt organizations update
Unrelated business income issues
Leveraging impact with program-related investments
IRS treasury regulations and updates
Religious organizations, and defining and dealing with their unique aspects

For more details concerning these sessions, please see the agenda. While this program is a must for those who handle taxation matters, those who handle commercial and consumer, business and corporation and lobbying law matters may find it of interest.
Cosponsors: TEGE Exempt Organizations Council and the Greater Washington Society of CPAs

Fees: $0 Government Employees, $0 Press, $25 Press (in-person with meal), $65 All Others, and $75 All Others

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Ethics and the Government Lawyer 2024

Credit(s): 3.5 Ethics and Professional Responsibility (50-minute hour)
3 Ethics and Professional Responsibility (60-minute hour)
Course Number: E11240614W
Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes
Date: June 10, 2024
6:00 PM - 9:15 PM
Credits: 3.0 ethics & professionalism credit hours

Description: Politics, peer pressure and societal static have proven especially perilous for legal practitioners in general and government lawyers in particular during the past year. At such times, the guidance provided by the Rules of Professional Conduct as well as legal ethics commentary become especially valuable when ethical dilemmas and conflicts arise, or better yet before. This thought-provoking legal ethics class examines important potential scenarios within the full context of government practice, which must meet the standards of the Rules of Professional Conduct while respecting other unique considerations as well. Participants will discuss and debate challenging hypothetical scenarios based on current cases and controversies, in an interactive and fast-moving three-hour course.

The following are among the many issues our expert presenter will explore:
 What is the permissible balance of ethics and politics?
When does the public become the client?
What actions permitted in private practice become unethical when performed by a government lawyer? 
What conflicts are avoidable, and which ones are not? 
Is avoidance of “the appearance of impropriety” a governmental ethics standard or a legal one, and does it matter? 
And more . . . .

While this class is a must for government attorneys, others may find this class of interest as well.
Faculty: Jack Marshall, ProEthics Ltd.
Cosponsors: None
 Fees: $89 D.C. Bar Community Members, $99 D.C. Bar Members, $109 Government and Nonprofit Attorneys, and $129 Others

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Copyright Basics 2024

Credit(s): 3 General (60-minute hour)
3.5 General (50-minute hour)
Course Number: E16240611W
Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes
Date: June 11, 2024
9:00 AM - 12:15 PM
 
Credits: 3.0 general credit hours
 
Description: With new technologies come new challenges for those who hold copyrights and their attorneys. Join us for this informative class and find out the nature, scope, and duration of copyright protection and the impact of new technologies on that protection. Specifically, those who attend will also learn about the following issues and more:
Different kinds of copyrighted works
Ownership and transfer
Impact of the internet
Availability of injunctive and monetary recovery
Special issues related to artificial intelligence and user-generated content 

This class is a must for those who represent clients whose works are, or should be, covered by copyright law.
 
Faculty: Laura Possessky, Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Fees: $89 D.C. Bar Communities Members, $99 D.C. Bar Members, $109 Government and Nonprofit Attorneys, and $129 Others

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IN PERSON: Monthly Media Law Meeting of the D.C. Bar Arts, Entertainment, Media and Sports Law Community

Course Number: C2124ML10I
Date: June 12, 2024
12:15 PM - 1:30 PM 
Credit: 0 Credit Hours

Join the D.C. Bar Arts, Entertainment, Media and Sports Law Community the second Wednesday of every month for an informal and dynamic round table discussion on the most recent developments in Media Law. Guest speakers will present on one or two recent cases and answer questions from participants. 

COVID-19 Protocols *PLEASE READ*: The Reporters Committee requires all staff and visitors to its office either (1) to be fully vaccinated and have received the most current (bivalent) booster/vaccine if eligible, or (2) to have tested negative for COVID-19 within the past 12 hours. If you would like to attend the June AEMS Monthly Media Law Committee Meeting in person and have not received the most current booster, please test for COVID-19 before coming to the meeting. Masking will be optional. Cookies and drinks will be served! 

AGENDA and SPEAKERS: TBA 
 The program will be moderated by Katie Townsend, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.
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Handling Whistleblower Claims 2024 – Rights of Private Sector Employees

(Whistleblower Claims Series – Part One)

Credit(s): 2 General (60-minute hour)
2 General (50-minute hour)
Course Number: E09240603L
Date: June 17, 2024
6:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Credits: 2.0 general credit hours
 
Description: Don’t miss this chance to catch up on recent developments under whistleblower reward and whistleblower protection laws, including developments under the whistleblower provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act, Sarbanes-Oxley Act, and False Claims Act. The class will provide those who attend with practical insights on the following issues:
 
The impact of Supreme Court’s decision in Somers v. Digital Realty Trust on corporate whistleblowers and corporate compliance programs
Recent SEC whistleblower awards
Trends in the Department of Labor’s Administrative Review Board and federal court decisions on the scope of Sarbanes-Oxley protected conduct
The impact of the Supreme Court’s decision in Universal Health Services v. United States ex rel. Escobar on implied certification claims
The scope of the False Claims Act’s anti-retaliation provision and the interplay of whistleblower reward and whistleblower protection claims
Best practices for investigating and responding to whistleblower disclosures
Tips for representing whistleblowers at the DOJ, SEC, CFTC, and IRS

Join us for this popular class which is part of our Handling Whistleblower Claims Series. Those who attend this class may also be interested in attending Handling Whistleblower Claims 2024 – Rights of Federal Employees.
 
Faculty: Tricia Bozyk Sherno, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP (Moderator); Laurence J. Freedman, Mintz Levin; Adam Herzog, Katz Banks Kumin LLP; and Jason Zuckerman, Zuckerman Law
Series Fees: $148 D.C. Bar Communities Members, $168 D.C. Bar Members, $188 Government and Nonprofit Attorneys, and $228 Others
Individual Class Fees: $89 D.C. Bar Communities Members, $99 D.C. Bar Members, $109 Government and Nonprofit Attorneys, and $129 Others
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Employee or Independent Contractor? Properly Classifying Workers under the US Department of Labor’s New Rule on Independent Contractors (NEW)

Credit(s): 1 General (60-minute hour)
1 General (50-minute hour)
Course Number: E09240615W
Duration: 1 hour
Date: June 18, 2024
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Credits: 1.0 general credit hour
 
Description: The United States Department of Labor recently promulgated new regulations at 29 C.F.R. § 795 outlining the factors that must be considered when analyzing whether to classify a worker as an employee or independent contractor. These regulations went into effect on March 11, 2024, and rescind the prior 2021 rules. Join our expert panel for this new class as they guide you through how to analyze the factors to best ensure compliance, the potential issues when applying the factors, and how to help your clients in ensuring their classifications are appropriate and legally defensible. 
This class is for practitioners who have an understanding of independent contractor/employee classification issues but want to review the basics, understand the changes to the regulations, and learn tactics, strategies, and best practices so that their clients are best prepared to implement these new regulations.
 
Faculty: Diane A. Seltzer, The Seltzer Law Firm; Joanne Waters Verma & Waters 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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Fees: All About Getting Paid Ethically 2024

Credit(s): 2 Ethics and Professional Responsibility (60-minute hour)
2 Ethics and Professional Responsibility (50-minute hour)
Course Number: E11240604W
Original Program Date: June 20, 2024
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
Date: June 20, 2024
10:00 AM - 12:15 PM 
 Credits: 2.0 ethics & professionalism credit hours
Description: From setting a fee through rights upon termination of a case or withdrawal, our expert faculty will explain the ethics rules involved in the District of Columbia. Those who attend will find out about these issues and more:
Setting the fee
The fee agreement
Contingent fees, fixed fees, and hybrid arrangement
Ownership interests in lieu of a cash fee
Fees and trust accounts
Referral fees
Billing for temporary or contract lawyers
Withdrawal for non-payment
Rights upon termination or withdrawal

This class is a must for those attorneys in the private sector to gain a better understanding of their obligations in setting fees for their services, and their recourse in case of withdrawal or termination.
 
Faculty: Thomas B. Mason, HWG 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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