D.C. Bar Schedule of Events

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​Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders in the Legal Profession: Ethics Issues 2024

Credit(s): 2 Ethics and Professional Responsibility (50-minute hour)
2 Ethics and Professional Responsibility (60-minute hour)
Course Number: E11240606W
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
Date: June 24, 2024
10:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Credits: 2.0 ethics and professionalism credit hours, including up to 1.0 hour of substance use disorders & mental health credit for those jurisdictions with this requirement.
 
Description: Mental health and substance use disorders affect people from all walks of life and all age groups, including attorneys. These disorders are serious, common, recurrent, and affect the person’s personal and professional relationships. Join our multi-disciplinary panel as they discuss the connection between substance use disorders, mental health issues, and ethics violations. The panel includes an attorney who has represented many respondents in cases involving these issues and a senior assistant disciplinary bar counsel who will discuss the rules related to addiction and mental health problems in bar disciplinary proceedings, as well as key cases about addiction and mental health issues. Also on the panel is a senior member of the D.C. Bar Lawyer Assistance Program who will discuss the resources available to those who are experiencing these issues.
 
This class will help those who attend to understand the profession’s role in assisting our colleagues who experience addiction, depression, or other mental health problems.
 
Faculty: Denise J. Perme, Associate Director, D.C. Bar Lawyer Assistance Program; Julia L. Porter, District of Columbia Office of Disciplinary Counsel; Wayne R. Rohde, Cozen O’Connor PC; and Daniel Schumack, Schumack + Guggenheim PLLC
 
Fees: $89 D.C. Bar Communities Members, $99 D.C. Bar Members, $109 Government and Nonprofit Attorneys, and $129 Others
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FDCPA Basics: What Every Lawyer Needs to Know 2024

Credit(s): 2 General (60-minute hour)
2 General (50-minute hour)
Course Number: E02240608W
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
Date: June 25, 2024
6:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Credits: 2.0 general credit hours

Description: These are challenging times for both debtors and creditors. This popular class introduces those who deal with the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA), and many issues related to it. Among the topics our faculty experts discuss are the following:
The purpose of the FDCPA
Parties under the FDCPA
Restrictions and pitfalls under the FDCPA
Communication with debtors and third parties
Consumer concerns and disputes under the FDCPA
Prohibited practices and available remedies

While this class is a must for those who represent debtors, and those whose clients hold consumer debt, others may find it of interest.

Faculty: Erik Goodman, Tzedek DC and Deanna M. Hackworth, Portfolio Recovery Associates 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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What D.C. Lawyers Should Know about Maryland and Virginia Appeals 2024

Credit(s): 2 General (50-minute hour)
2 General (60-minute hour)
Course Number: E18240612W
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
Date: June 26, 2024
6:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Credits: 2.0 general credit hours

Description: Although practice in Maryland’s and Virginia's appellate courts is similar to practice in federal appellate courts and the D.C. Court of Appeals, there are significant differences. This informative class is designed for practitioners who are familiar with appellate practice, but who could use guidance for the occasional appeal in Annapolis or Richmond. Our knowledgeable presenters will cover civil, criminal, and family law appeals. The following are among the specific topics they will cover:
How early choices affect how fast the appeal moves
How Maryland courts take their own approach to statutory construction
A review of how summary judgment rulings differ from federal practice in Maryland
Virginia’s use of “Assignments of Error” rather than issues presented
Virginia jurisdictional changes
Unusual features and unwritten rules of Maryland and Virginia certiorari practices
Rules and policies governing citation to unreported opinions
Unique timing and procedures of Maryland and Virginia amicus practices

Faculty: S. Virginia Bondurant Price, McGuireWoods LLP and Steven M. Klepper, Kramon & Graham PA
Fees: $89 D.C. Bar Community Members, $99 D.C. Bar Members, $109 Government and Nonprofit Attorneys, and $129 Others

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Handling Whistleblower Claims 2024 – Rights of Federal Employees

(Whistleblower Claims Series – Part Two)

Credit(s): 3.5 General (50-minute hour)
3 General (60-minute hour)
Course Number: E09240610W
Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes
Date: June 27, 2024
6:00 PM - 9:15 PM
Credits: 3.0 general credit hours
 
Description: Some might say whistleblowers are the lifeblood of government transparency. But, how, as attorneys, do you best represent those who wish to expose alleged wrongdoing of their employer? Where do you take them? What if the information is classified and against the law to reveal, even to you as the attorney? What is the difference between leaking and whistleblowing? Can government agencies bar whistleblowing through non-disclosure agreements or policies? What significant legal differences exist between protecting a whistleblower's security clearance and other forms of reprisal?
 
Those who attend will learn how best to handle whistleblower cases from distinguished experts with years of practical experience from within and outside the federal government. The panel will explore the applicable laws and provide practical anecdotes from various whistleblower scenarios and cases.
  
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 Private Sector Employees.
 
Faculty: Andrew P. Bakaj, Compass Rose Legal Group PLLC and Mark S. Zaid, Mark S. Zaid PC
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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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Starting a Law Practice: Ethical and Practical Considerations 2024

Credit(s): 1 Ethics and Professional Responsibility (60-minute hour)
1 Ethics and Professional Responsibility (50-minute hour)
Course Number: E11240701W
Duration: 1 hour 
Date: July 9, 2024
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Credits: 1.0 ethics & professionalism credit hour
 
Description: Thinking of starting a law firm? While the business considerations for doing so will likely be top of mind, lawyers need to consider their ethical obligations when doing so. Join us for this class that will cover the principal ethics rules implicated in starting, and running, a law practice. It will provide practical guidance about how to launch and maintain a law practice consistent with the D.C. Rules of Professional Conduct, with a focus on Rules 1.15, 1.7, 1.9, 1.18, 1.5, 1.16, and 5.4(b).
 
Among the topics this informative and practical class addresses will be the significant risks related to IOLTA accounts and misappropriation, conflicts systems, engagement letters, managing client files, and terminating cases. Our faculty expert will provide tips to avoid mistakes. The class will conclude with a discussion of how to take advantage of D.C.’s unique allowance of non-lawyer partnerships.
 
While this class is a must for anyone who is thinking of starting their own firm, solo and small firm practitioners will also receive a multitude of practical guidance to ensure their practices stay on the right side of the ethics rules.
 
Faculty: Hilary P. Gerzhoy, HWG LLP
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 Changing Landscape of Federal Grants Law 2024

Credit(s): 3 General (60-minute hour)
3.5 General (50-minute hour)
Course Number: E13240702L
Date: July 10, 2024
9:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Credits: 3.0 general credit hours
 
Description: Since the introduction of the ground-breaking Uniform Guidance or the “UG” (2 CFR Part 200) almost ten years ago, the world of Federal Grants Law has continued to grow and develop including, most recently, this April when OMB issued the latest set of amendments to the UG. In addition, congressional action over the past five years, including COVID and infrastructure funding (much in the form of grant funds) and the return of earmarks (also usually grants) demonstrates in very clear terms why federal grants are one of the primary ways in which the federal government furthers federal policy. This class will focus on current and developing issues in the world of federal grants. Among the topics our experienced faculty will discuss:

Major changes to the UG and what they mean to the community
Common audit findings from the past and expectations for the future the Office of the Inspector General and other federal audits of COVID and other new funding move forward
Developing areas 

Fixed price awards and sub-awards 
Congressionally directed spending, including terms and conditions
Conflicts of interest in grants with focus on research awards

This informative class is designed to teach key principles of federal grants law as well as how to be prepared as the rules continue to grow and develop. Those who attend will learn not just about recent changes but will also learn about why those changes create obligations and opportunities.
 
Faculty: Jonathan Ng, USAID and Edward T. Waters, Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell 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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2024 Blockchain Technology Legal Course (NEW)

Postponed from March 21 & 22, 2024
Credit(s): 7 General (60-minute hour)
8 General (50-minute hour)
Course Number: E16240112W
Duration: 4 hours 
Date: July 11, 2024
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Credits: 7.0 general credit hours 

Description: This new and informative class will provide those who attend with an understanding of blockchain technology and its practical application for attorneys and their clients. The following are among the topics the faculty expert will cover: 
Introduction to blockchain technology
Brief review of blockchain technology basics 
Legal systems overview 
Smart contracts 
Jurisdictional issues
Securities laws
Legislation, regulations, and case law
Intellectual property
Impacts on the legal industry

This class is a must for today’s attorney as blockchain technology becomes more pervasive in the legal, business, and commercial communities. While not required, the presenter does suggest that those interested in this class attend the GBA Blockchain Foundations Course, which is a four-hour class that takes place on January 12, 2024, from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The fee for the GBA Blockchain Foundations Course class is $99. For more information concerning the GBA Blockchain Foundations Course, please contact the organizer here.

Faculty: Eric L. Guthrie, The Cogent Law Group
Fees: $399 (excluding processing fees), which includes CLE credit

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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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