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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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

The Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) Is Raising Its Legal Head:  Understanding the Act and Its Implications 2021

Credit(s): 1 General (50-minute hour)
1 General (60-minute hour)
Course Number: E03211108W
Original Program Date: November 30, 2021
Duration: 1 hour 
Date: November 30, 2021
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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Conducting Investigations in Criminal Cases: The Law and Practice Tips 2021

Credit(s): 2 General (50-minute hour)
2 General (60-minute hour)
Course Number: E06211214W
Original Program Date: December 1, 2021
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
Date: December 1, 2021
10:00 AM - 12:15 PM 
Description: Join our experienced and knowledgeable faculty as they explain the law and procedures for investigating criminal cases, including DUI cases, in the District of Columbia.  Those who attend this informative and practical class will learn about the following, and more:
How to plan, start and conduct the investigation
Investigative tools
The investigation driven defense
Applicable court rules
Expert witnesses 
Ethics of investigation 
Finding modern fingerprints, including on or from cell phones, surveillance video, medical records, and government records
Preserving and collecting video and photo evidence
Accessing information on or from video surveillance cameras, banks, private businesses, and government agencies
Translating the investigation to the courtroom, including the evidence rules and effective presentations to the judge and to a jury.

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Objection! Objection! Making and Responding to Objections 2021

Credit(s): 2 General (50-minute hour)
2 General (60-minute hour)
Course Number: E18211203W
Original Program Date: December 2, 2021
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
Date: December 2, 2021
10:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Description: This award-winning class provides the practicing attorney with a guide to making and responding to objections.  The class covers:
Making and responding to typical objections, including objections to the form of the questions, objections to documents, hearsay objections, objections to expert witnesses, objections to attempts to impeach, and objections for inadequate foundations
How and when to make objections, including objections to opening statements and closing arguments
Making pretrial objections – motions in limine.

As part of the course materials, attendees receive practice aids including a list of common objections and a reference list with relevant federal rules and local practice, citations to leading cases, and brief explanations.  Our distinguished faculty use a game show quiz format and a polling responder system to help attendees learn and practice making objections and responding to them.

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REMOTE PROGRAM: The Rise of Ransomware: Causes, Lessons Learned, and Implications

Course Number: C0322FT10W
Original Program Date: December 3, 2021
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Date: December 3, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

2022 is expected to see a dramatic increase in ransomware attacks. Most, if not all, of today’s fintech businesses are turning to technology to improve the productivity of their business processes. While such an undertaking provides opportunities to increase the bottom line, ransomware attackers have evolved to become the No. 1 cyber threat to companies today. Moreover, cryptocurrencies have been used to accomplish these ransomware attacks, raising questions as to whether cryptocurrency is an enabler of such attacks and what can be done in response.

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Managing Money| The new client, the fee agreement and the bank accounts

Course Number: MM_12/6/21
Original Program Date: December 6, 2021
Duration: 3 hours 
Date: December 6, 2021
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
A variety of fee agreements will be examined with the focus on the scope of representation, managing the fee, expenses and the earning mechanism established for the advance fee. In examples established by the fee agreement, an advance fee will be collected and deposited into the firm’s trust account. As time passes and work is performed, funds will be transferred from the trust account to the firm’s operating or business account as the fee is earned. Ledger entries will be demonstrated for all transactions. TrustBooks.com will be used to demonstrate fund management and the creation of client and account ledgers.

The following client transactions will be explored:
Agreement for Initial Consultation
Advance Flat Fee Representation for Client Charged with A Felony Criminal Offense
Advance Flat Fee Representation for an Immigration Client
Advance Hourly Fee Representation for a Civil Litigation Client
Advance Flat Fee Representation for an Estate Planning Client
A Contingency Fee Representation for an Injury Case
An Availability Representation (Classic Engagement Retainer)

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Basics of Filing and Litigating Freedom of Information Act Requests 2021

Credit(s): 3.5 General (50-minute hour)
3 General (60-minute hour)
Course Number: E13211207W
Original Program Date: December 7, 2021
Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes
Date: December 7, 2021
6:00 PM - 9:15 PM
Description: Join us as our experienced and knowledgeable faculty explain how to file requests under the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).  Our panel will alert those who attend to issues that arise in FOIA litigation through the different perspectives of lawyers for the defendant-agency and for the plaintiff-requester.  They will demonstrate how to frame and pursue FOIA requests before different federal agencies, and discuss FOIA exemptions. 
Because FOIA litigation is quite specialized, the class focuses on the litigation of FOIA cases before district courts.  Our panel will address the different standards and procedures that apply to FOIA cases.  They also will include a brief discussion of Privacy Act requests and litigation.  Minimal knowledge of the FOIA will be presumed – but is not required – of those who attend.

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

Course Number: C2122ML06W
Original Program Date: December 8, 2021
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Date: December 8, 2021
12:15 PM - 1:45 PM
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. The program agenda will be provided the day of the event. Ideas for discussion topics are always welcome.

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Copyright and Trademark Law Year in Review 2021

Intellectual Property Series

Credit(s): 3.5 General (50-minute hour)
3 General (60-minute hour)
Course Number: E16211203W
Original Program Date: December 9, 2021
Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes
Date: December 9, 2021
6:00 PM - 9:15 PM
Description: This informative class highlights significant changes in copyright and trademark law.  Our experienced and knowledgeable faculty will review new developments in the law, focusing on 2021 court decisions, and will explain their implications for those who practice in these areas.  Among topics they will discuss are significant court decisions, legislative developments, international developments, and trends and tips.  They also will offer a Trademark Office update.

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REMOTE PROGRAM: D.C. Cannabis Regulations Present and Future

Course Number: C0622PG03W
Original Program Date: December 10, 2021
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Date: December 10, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Join us for an in-depth discussion of the business and regulatory environment of the cannabis industry in DC brought to you by the D.C. Affairs Community and Foley Hoag. The legal medical cannabis market is fully operational and plans are already being made for a potential adult-use market. Topics will include current operations, including I-71 compliant dispensaries, the current round of licensing and what the future of the industry might look like.

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The Rulemaking Process 2021

Credit(s): 3.5 General (50-minute hour)
3 General (60-minute hour)
Course Number: E13211209W
Original Program Date: December 13, 2021
Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes
Date: December 13, 2021
6:00 PM - 9:15 PM
Description: Join us for this popular class that provides an overview of rulemaking under the Administrative Procedure Act; other statutory requirements affecting the rulemaking process; the roles of the Office of Management and Budget, U.S. Small Business Administration, Congress, and the courts; alternatives and modifications to traditional rulemaking, including e-rulemaking and negotiated rulemaking; and implementation of the rules.
This class is a must for those who participate in the regulatory process or who have clients engaged in regulated activities.

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Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation: What It Is and How to Combat It 2021

Credit(s): 3.5 General (50-minute hour)
3 General (60-minute hour)
Course Number: E08211210W
Original Program Date: December 14, 2021
Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes
Date: December 14, 2021
6:00 PM - 9:15 PM
Description: Join us for this thought-provoking class that addresses the critical issues of elder abuse and financial exploitation in our society.  Our expert panel will provide an overview of elder abuse and exploitation, including typology, prevalence rates, the signs to look for, and victim resources.  They also will discuss how to work with victims of elder abuse or exploitation, including how to avoid making assumptions, employing effective interview techniques, and best practices for trauma-informed services to meet the special needs of older survivors.

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REMOTE PROGRAM: A Conversation with the New Director of the SEC's Enforcement Division

Course Number: C0322SE08W
Original Program Date: December 15, 2021
Duration: 1 hour 
Date: December 15, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Join us for a one-on-one conversation with Gurbir Grewal, the new Director of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Division of Enforcement. Mr. Grewal will discuss the SEC's current enforcement priorities with Robert Cohen, a partner at Davis Polk & Wardwell. Mr. Grewal was appointed Director of the Division of Enforcement this summer by SEC Chair Gary Gensler. The Enforcement Division has approximately 1,300 full-time employees and, in Fiscal Year 2020, brought 405 standalone enforcement actions and obtained judgments for more than $4.6 billion in disgorgement and penalties. Before his appointment, Mr. Grewal was the Attorney General for the State of New Jersey. He previously served as Bergen County Prosecutor and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of New Jersey, where he served as Chief of the Economic Crimes Unit, and in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York.

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Patent Law a Year in Review 2021

Intellectual Property Series
Credit(s): 3.5 General (50-minute hour)
3 General (60-minute hour)
Course Number: E16211215W
Original Program Date: December 16, 2021
Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes
Date: December 16, 2021
6:00 PM - 9:15 PM
Description: Attend this informative class to learn about significant patent case law developments that occurred in 2021, including those from the Supreme Court, the Federal Circuit, and the PTAB.  Those who attend will gain insights into recent USPTO rule changes and proposed legislation.  Topics our expert faculty will address include:
- Updates on patentable subject matter
- New developments in prior art
- Defenses in patent litigation
- Procedure in patent litigation
- Shifts in IPR practice and trends

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Tort Damages in the District of Columbia 2021

Credit(s): 3.5 General (50-minute hour)
3 General (60-minute hour)
Course Number: E18211215W
Original Program Date: December 20, 2021
Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes
Date: December 20, 2021
6:00 PM - 9:15 PM
Description: Those who attend this informative class will learn the nuts and bolts of handling tort damages in the District of Columbia.  Our expert faculty will provide practical tips and considerations for proving and disputing damages in your case.

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The Legal Ethics Curse! (December 2021)

Credit(s): 3 Ethics and Professional Responsibility (60-minute hour)
3.5 Ethics and Professional Responsibility (50-minute hour)
Course Number: E11211202LW
Original Program Date: December 21, 2021
Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes
Date: December 21, 2021
6:00 PM - 9:15 PM
Description: Lawyers, the legal profession, law firms and even legal ethics scholars are facing rapidly developing events and meteoric developments that threaten to turn the assumptions of law practice as we know it inside out, and maybe worse.  Bedrock assumptions about what constitutes ethical practice are being challenged.  Technology and the reactions to the pandemic have exposed deep anachronisms in what have been regarded as settled legal ethics principles.  This makes 2021 a frightening time to be a lawyer, and a challenging time to be an ethical lawyer. 

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

Course Number: C2122ML07W
Original Program Date: January 12, 2022
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Date: January 12, 2022
12:15 PM - 1:45 PM

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. The program agenda will be provided the day of the event. Ideas for discussion topics are always welcome.

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