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D.C. Bar Schedule of Events

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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

 

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​Successful Small Firm Practice Course / Monday (Session 5 of 8)

Fee Agreements and Billing

Course Number: SF_10/18/21
Duration: 2 hours 
Date: October 18, 2021
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM ((GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada))

An understanding of the billing process, the marketing opportunity in the invoice, the importance of accuracy in billing and billing options and applications.

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REMOTE PROGRAM SERIES: 2021 - 2022 Pass-Throughs and Real Estate Tax Webinar Series

Course Number: C1622PT00W
Original Program Date: October 20, 2021
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Date: October 20, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Join the D.C. Bar Taxation Community for this Pass-Throughs and Real Estate Tax annual series. This is your chance to secure your space for this year with a one-time registration. Register for all four programs now and receive program reminders ahead of each session. This four-part series will cover topics related to pass-throughs and real estate tax issues.  Topics covered in prior years include applying Section 163(j) to partnerships; highlights of Section 1061; accessing public markets with Up-Cs, SPACs, and Up-SPACs; debt restructurings and buybacks for troubled partnerships; new partnership debt allocation regulations. Speakers and topics for the current year will be released closer to the date of the individual program to have the most up to date information.

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Lunch and Learn: Protect Your Law Firm from the Biggest Security Threats of 2021, Without Having to Become a Security Expert or Waste Your Valuable Time

Course Number: LL_102121
Original Program Date: October 21, 2021
Duration: 1 hour 
Date: October 21, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Lawyers have made significant advancements in their adoption and advancement of technology over the past ten years, primarily fueled by the global migration to the cloud. Thanks to this progress, it is easier than ever for a solo or small law firm to get access to and configure the technology needed to practice.  

Unfortunately, the simplification of technology introduced an often-overlooked downside that exposes thousands of solo and small law firms to the risk of suffering a data breach. This is because the responsibility of security practices resides under ‘taking care of technology myself.’ While cloud technology has made most things more straightforward, cybersecurity threats have become more complex, and lawyers often do not possess the skills, knowledge, or time to protect themselves adequately. 

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Evaluating the Liabilities of Artificial Intelligence 2021

Credit(s): 1 General (50-minute hour)
1 General (60-minute hour)
Course Number: E16211004W
Original Program Date: October 21, 2021
Duration: 1 hour 
Date: October 21, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Description: The informative class will provide a legal and technical outline to help attorneys understand and evaluate the risks created by the adoption of cutting-edge technology like artificial intelligence and machine learning.  Among the specific topics our knowledgeable panel will discuss are an overview of AI, categorizing risks, the legal liabilities associated with AI, the technical risks AI creates, and client guidance.

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Planning Ahead to Avoid Guardianship (NEW)

Credit(s): 3.5 General (50-minute hour)
3 General (60-minute hour)
Course Number: E08211010W
Original Program Date: October 25, 2021
Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes
Date: October 25, 2021
6:00 PM - 9:15 PM
Description: Who will manage your client’s (or your) affairs in the event of incapacity?  This insightful class explores a topic that is relevant, professionally, and/or personally, to almost everyone at some point in life.  Our expert faculty examine the advantages and disadvantages of revocable trusts, durable powers of attorney, and health care advance directives such as living wills and proxy appointments to manage health care and other personal decisions, as well as finance and property matters. 

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Changing Currents in Employment Law 2021

Credit(s): 3.5 General (50-minute hour)
3 General (60-minute hour)
Course Number: E09211006W
Original Program Date: October 26, 2021
Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes
Date: October 26, 2021
6:00 PM - 9:15 PM
Description: Join us for this popular, fast-paced class that every year covers five cutting-edge topics in employment law.  Leading practitioners from both sides of the aisle will recap recent legal developments and give tips on handling – or avoiding – related litigation.

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Avoiding Malpractice and Bar Complaints 2021

Credit(s): 2 Ethics and Professional Responsibility (60-minute hour)
2 Ethics and Professional Responsibility (50-minute hour)
Course Number: E11211008W
Original Program Date: October 27, 2021
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
Date: October 27, 2021
6:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Description: In recent years, more than 35,000 legal malpractice claims have been filed annually against attorneys with malpractice insurance.  Many more complaints have been filed against those who were not insured.  Our insightful panel will address daily practice and risk-prevention techniques to help reduce the possibility of a bar complaint and related malpractice claim from being filed.  Experienced attorneys will find practical, new ideas to implement, while those newer to the practice of law will gain skills that will be useful throughout their legal careers. 

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REMOTE PROGRAM SERIES: 2021 - 2022 Estates, Trusts and Probate Law Community Estate and Tax Planning Webinar Series

Course Number: C0822EP00W
Original Program Date: October 28, 2021
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Date: October 28, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Join the D.C. Bar Estates, Trusts and Probate Law Community for this annual series. This is your chance to secure your space for this year with a one-time registration. Register for all five programs now and receive program reminders ahead of each session. This five-part series will cover topics related to estate and tax planning law. Topics covered in prior years include planning and audit issues for creatives and athletes; planning with philanthropy; estate planning and valuation for art collectors; assets and titling 101 for estate planners; what is Kaestner; elder financial exploitation laws and what they mean for trusts/estates/probate attorneys; D.C., MD and VA updates. Speakers and topics for the current year will be released closer to the date of the individual program to have the most up to date information. Series registration allows for a one-time registration, you will receive reminder notices the week of your program. 

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Successful Small Firm Practice Course / Saturday (Session 2 of 2)

Course Number: SF_10/30/21
Original Program Date: October 30, 2021
Duration: 8 hours 
Date: October 30, 2021
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

An understanding of how to draft fee agreements.
An understanding of the billing process, the marketing opportunity in the invoice, the importance of accuracy in billing and billing options and applications.
An understanding of how to deal with prospective clients; how to close the deal; how to manage clients; how to identify problem clients; how to get rid of problem clients and cases; and client communication issue. 
Understanding of how to determine when staff is needed; what type of staff is needed; how to handle new employees.
How to develop a marketing strategy; how to market to attract the ideal client; engaging with the problem you solve; and theory of marketing.
Educate on available productivity tools, Cloud systems, document management, document storage, paperless office, and data security.

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Successful Small Firm Practice Course / Monday (Session 7 of 8)

Marketing
Course Number: SF_11/1/21
Duration: 2 hours 
Date: November 1, 2021
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
How to develop a marketing strategy; how to market to attract the ideal client; engaging with the problem you solve; and theory of marketing.

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Ethics and the Government Lawyer 2021

Credit(s): 3 Ethics and Professional Responsibility (60-minute hour)
3.5 Ethics and Professional Responsibility (50-minute hour)
Original Program Date: November 2, 2021
Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes
Date: November 2, 2021
6:00 PM - 9:15 PM
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.

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The Comment Making Process in Rulemaking: Dos and Don’ts of Effective Commenting 2021

Credit(s): 3.5 General (50-minute hour)
3 General (60-minute hour)
Course Number: E13211112W
Original Program Date: November 3, 2021
Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes
Date: November 3, 2021
6:00 PM - 9:15 PM
Description: The comment process is a critical part of informal rulemaking, and effective commenting and informed consideration of comments can substantially enhance a regulatory proposal.  This interactive class focuses on what makes a comment process effective from both the viewpoint of the regulated and the regulator – with co-teachers from both vantages.  Learn the dos and don’ts of effective commenting and how to review, analyze, and incorporate comments into a final rule.  During this class, those who attend will draft a comment letter and part of a preamble that addresses the comments.

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REMOTE PROGRAM SERIES: 2021 - 2022 Exempt Organizations Webinar Series

Course Number: C1622EO00W
Original Program Date: November 4, 2021
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Date: November 4, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Join the D.C. Bar Taxation Community for this Exempt Organizations annual series. This is your chance to secure your space for this year with a one-time registration. Register for all four programs now and receive program reminders ahead of each session. This four-part series will cover topics related to exempt organization tax issues. Topics covered in prior years include issues for exempt organizations engaging in international activities; intersection of political and exempt organizations; proposed regulations issued on 512(a)(6) UBIT "Silo" Rules; qualified opportunity zones; hot topics for trade associations; tax exempt hospitals, community benefits and Section 501(r).

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Litigating in a Virtual World 2021

Credit(s): 2 General (50-minute hour)
2 General (60-minute hour)
Course Number: E18211106W
Original Program Date: November 8, 2021
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
Date: November 8, 2021
6:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Description: After it became clear in early 2020 that the country would be locked down for an extended period, the court system had to abandon its deeply held preference for in-person proceedings or risk shutting down completely.  The courts adapted to this new virtual world surprisingly quickly and now, little over a year later, remote proceedings have become routine for all manner of court matters, including trial.  In this very timely class, our experienced presenter will discuss what has and has not changed in this new virtual world.  He will look at various approaches courts have taken to conducting remote proceedings, and discuss strategies for effective advocacy in remote proceedings.

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Administration of Decedents' Estates in the District of Columbia 2021

Credit(s): 3.5 General (50-minute hour)
3 General (60-minute hour)
Course Number: E08211109W
Original Program Date: November 9, 2021
Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes
Date: November 9, 2021
6:00 PM - 9:15 PM
Description: Learn about probate practice and procedure in the District of Columbia, including the procedural law relating to standard and abbreviated probate, as well as supervised and unsupervised estate administration.  Those who attend this informative class will receive practical guidance on the procedures for the administering a small estate, the appointment of a special administrator, and the appointment of a foreign personal representative.  Those who attend will also learn about the D.C. Code sections applicable to the administration of decedents’ estates, relevant D.C. Superior Court rules, and recent court decisions on issues relating to estate administration.

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

Course Number: C2122ML05W
Original Program Date: November 10, 2021
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Date: November 10, 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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Antitrust Basics 2021

Credit(s): 3.5 General (50-minute hour)
3 General (60-minute hour)
Course Number: E03210910W
Original Program Date: November 15, 2021
Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes
Date: November 15, 2021
6:00 PM - 9:15 PM
Description: What is all the buzz about?  Join us for the return of this informative class that will introduce the basics of U.S. antitrust law and principal areas of antitrust enforcement in the U.S.  
Antitrust has been a hot topic in the headlines in recent years with good reason.  Antitrust enforcement in the United States has resulted in billions of dollars in criminal fines and jail time for corporate officials, as well as substantial civil penalties and injunctive relief through federal and state government enforcement actions and private class action litigation.  This enforcement trend is likely to increase in the coming years under the Biden Administration and D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine.
Our experienced and knowledgeable presenters will provide an overview of the antitrust statutes and outline the relevant considerations for assessing horizontal restraints, vertical restraints, and single-firm conduct.  They also will cover the antitrust agency review process for mergers, joint ventures, and other transactions; criminal antitrust investigations and enforcement; and civil government and private antitrust enforcement.  Throughout the class, those who attend will receive practical pointers that will help identify and analyze areas of potential risk and how to avoid them.

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Fee Agreements in the District of Columbia 2021

Credit(s): 3 Ethics and Professional Responsibility (60-minute hour)
3.5 Ethics and Professional Responsibility (50-minute hour)
Course Number: E11210912W
Original Program Date: November 16, 2021
Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes
Date: November 16, 2021
9:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Description: Attend this practical and informative class to receive advice about developing fee agreements in the District of Columbia and the ethical issues involved.  Using sample agreements, our faculty experts will guide you through the requirements of a written agree­ment, including the scope of the agreement; fee structure (hourly, fixed, contingency, and others); handling of expenses; and more.

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Bankruptcy 101 for Non-Bankruptcy Lawyers: Spotting the Issues 2021

Credit(s): 3.5 General (50-minute hour)
3 General (60-minute hour)
Course Number: E02211105W
Original Program Date: November 17, 2021
Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes
Date: November 17, 2021
6:00 PM - 9:15 PM
Description: Bankruptcy law affects nearly every area of the law.  This informative class takes those who attend through the basics and helps them identify and understand bankruptcy issues that may affect their clients.  Our panel will provide an introduction to business and consumer bankruptcies, including these issues and more: 
Voluntary versus involuntary bankruptcy
Automatic stay
Means test
Liquidation 
Reorganization: Adding time to pay, reducing the size of debt, adjusting the interest rate, and converting some or all secured debt to unsecured debt 
Secured debt versus unsecured debt
Exemptions 
Discharge of debts
Student loans
Taxes 
Workouts 
Settlements
Avoidance actions: Preferences and fraudulent conveyances.

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Distribution of Marital Assets in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia 2021

Credit(s): 3.5 General (50-minute hour)
3 General (60-minute hour)
Course Number: E12211208W
Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes
Date: November 18, 2021
6:00 PM - 9:15 PM
Description: Don’t miss this popular program as our experienced and insightful faculty as they provide an in-depth look at the distribution of marital assets in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.  Among the many topics our panel will discuss are: 
Jurisdiction and procedure
Separate or non-marital property
Marital property
Family-Use property
Use and possession of marital home
Transmutation
Wages or salary earned by spouse
Pensions
Stock options and deferred compensation benefits
Professional goodwill
Licenses and decrees
Personal injury awards and Worker Compensation benefits
Valuation considerations
Cut off for accumulation of marital property
Power of court to convey property
Equitable distribution factors
Marital debt.

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Fundamentals of Federal Grants Law 2021

Credit(s): 3.5 General (50-minute hour)
3 General (60-minute hour)
Course Number: E03211114W
Original Program Date: November 22, 2021
Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes
Date: November 22, 2021
6:00 PM - 9:15 PM
Description: Learn the basics of federal grants law and find answers to your federal grants questions. Among the topics our experienced faculty will discuss:
The definition of a federal grant and the differences between types of grants
The ground rules of federal grants and where to find the rules (statutes, regulations, agency guidance)
The key federal actors (grants officer, program specialist, etc.)
The legal issues in grant administration (before, during, and after the award). 

Those who attend will also learn about government audits, grant disputes, fraud and abuse issues, and administrative and judicial litigation.  Further, much of the funding under the CARES Act and other COVID-19 emergency appropriations is in the form of federal grants to health care entities, college and universities, and others.  The faculty will focus on this funding and discuss lessons learned from the last major emergency appropriation bill, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

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