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06/22/2021
DC Superior Court to Host Virtual Safe Surrender Program in July for Those with Misdemeanor Bench Warrants

https://newsroom.dccourts.gov/press-releases/dc-superior-court-to-host-virtual-safe-surrender-program-in-july-for-those-with-misdemeanor-bench-warrants

DC Superior Court will host a virtual Safe Surrender program for four days this July. The event is a joint effort of the Court, Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency, Pretrial Services Agency, DC Attorney General's Office, USAttorney's Office...

Today is a very special day! In honor of the anniversary of the Supreme Court's 1963 Gideon v. Wainwright decision, DCAC...
03/18/2021

Today is a very special day! In honor of the anniversary of the Supreme Court's 1963 Gideon v. Wainwright decision, DCACDL joins our partners in recognizing today, March 18, as Public Defense Day.

On this day, we embrace that, even (and perhaps especially) in these most challenging times, the bedrock principles of our Constitution must stand strong and NACDL is committed to providing assistance to public defense lawyers.

I ask you today, in honor of Public Defense Day, to join others who are committed to making a difference by supporting NACDL's Public Defense Scholarship Fund and making a donation to the Fund through the NACDL Foundation for Criminal Justice (NFCJ).

The past year has brought hardships for all of us due to the COVID-19 pandemic including, for many, financial challenges. Your support will help ensure NACDL’s scholarship program is there for defenders in need.

As you know, continuing legal education is something that must never stop, even during a pandemic. Support through the NFCJ has allowed NACDL to offer registration and travel scholarships to hundreds of attorneys working in public defense. However, for every application approved, two more are denied because of funding limitations.

One only needs to read these words from Jonathan Kerr to see how important these scholarships are:

"I am a public defender in Baltimore City, and with the help of a NACDL scholarship, attended the NACDL 2019 Annual Meeting and Seminar in Philadelphia. I was only able to attend because of the financial aid from NACDL. While there is in-house training provided by our office, they cannot afford to send us to trainings such as this that feature the best criminal defense attorneys in the country sharing their trial skills and knowledge. I have already used examples from one speaker's presentation on defining and arguing reasonable doubt to great effect in a trial last year that resulted in a not guilty verdict. My clients undoubtedly reap the rewards of me being able to attend training sessions like these."

A donation in any amount – including a monthly commitment of $5, $10, or $15 – makes a difference.

Donate

What else can you do?
• You can thank someone working in Public Defense.
• You can forward this email to friends and colleagues, to help support this effort.
• You can share one of our Public Defense Day videos or graphics on social media.
• You can advocate so that budgets supporting the work of local public defenders and court appointed counsel are not cut, and that those that do this work receive fair and equitable pay.

Today is a very special day! In honor of the anniversary of the Supreme Court's 1963 Gideon v. Wainwright decision, DCACDL joins our partners in recognizing today, March 18, as Public Defense Day.

On this day, we embrace that, even (and perhaps especially) in these most challenging times, the bedrock principles of our Constitution must stand strong and NACDL is committed to providing assistance to public defense lawyers.

I ask you today, in honor of Public Defense Day, to join others who are committed to making a difference by supporting NACDL's Public Defense Scholarship Fund and making a donation to the Fund through the NACDL Foundation for Criminal Justice (NFCJ).

The past year has brought hardships for all of us due to the COVID-19 pandemic including, for many, financial challenges. Your support will help ensure NACDL’s scholarship program is there for defenders in need.

As you know, continuing legal education is something that must never stop, even during a pandemic. Support through the NFCJ has allowed NACDL to offer registration and travel scholarships to hundreds of attorneys working in public defense. However, for every application approved, two more are denied because of funding limitations.

One only needs to read these words from Jonathan Kerr to see how important these scholarships are:

"I am a public defender in Baltimore City, and with the help of a NACDL scholarship, attended the NACDL 2019 Annual Meeting and Seminar in Philadelphia. I was only able to attend because of the financial aid from NACDL. While there is in-house training provided by our office, they cannot afford to send us to trainings such as this that feature the best criminal defense attorneys in the country sharing their trial skills and knowledge. I have already used examples from one speaker's presentation on defining and arguing reasonable doubt to great effect in a trial last year that resulted in a not guilty verdict. My clients undoubtedly reap the rewards of me being able to attend training sessions like these."

A donation in any amount – including a monthly commitment of $5, $10, or $15 – makes a difference.

Donate

What else can you do?
• You can thank someone working in Public Defense.
• You can forward this email to friends and colleagues, to help support this effort.
• You can share one of our Public Defense Day videos or graphics on social media.
• You can advocate so that budgets supporting the work of local public defenders and court appointed counsel are not cut, and that those that do this work receive fair and equitable pay.

Job Opportunity Listing
02/04/2021
Job Opportunity Listing

Job Opportunity Listing

J.D. or equivalent degree from an accredited law school; excellent research, writing, and oral persuasion skills; and membership in the District of Columbia Bar or eligibility to practice pursuant to either D.C. Court of Appeals Rule 49(c)(9)(B) or 49(c)(9)(C). Bar membership or eligibility to pract...

Photos from Bread for the City's post
01/29/2021

Photos from Bread for the City's post

dMV areapublic defendsersmarch for black lives
06/07/2020

dMV areapublic defendsersmarch for black lives

You're Invited: Youth Sentencing and What You Can Do to Help! Monday, September 9, 2019 - Attorney Advertising
09/06/2019
You're Invited: Youth Sentencing and What You Can Do to Help! Monday, September 9, 2019 - Attorney Advertising

You're Invited: Youth Sentencing and What You Can Do to Help! Monday, September 9, 2019 - Attorney Advertising

Join Baker & McKenzie and the D.C. Public Defenders Office on Monday, September 9 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. for a discussion on youth resentencing cases in D.C. Superior Court. This is a great networking event for attorneys who are interested in taking youth resentencing cases in D.C. Superior Court...

James Zeigler: DC Council’s ‘second look’ sentencing efforts are thoughtful, safe and just responses to crisis of mass i...
08/14/2019
James Zeigler: DC Council’s ‘second look’ sentencing efforts are thoughtful, safe and just responses to crisis of mass incarceration

James Zeigler: DC Council’s ‘second look’ sentencing efforts are thoughtful, safe and just responses to crisis of mass incarceration

The DC Council is considering important legislation that would strengthen the 2016 Incarceration Reduction Amendment Act (“IRAA”), which allows people who committed crimes when they were young to petition the court for a reduced sentence after they’v

The Power of Peremptory Strikes
07/19/2019
The Power of Peremptory Strikes

The Power of Peremptory Strikes

As public servants, prosecutors should be willing to put their cases before anyone in the communities they serve.

06/26/2019
Georgetown Law

Georgetown Law

Two career criminal defenders react to the 7-2 Supreme Court ruling which found that death-row inmate Curtis Flowers’ criminal trial was affected by racial discrimination. Professors Abbe Smith and Vida Johnson of Georgetown Law's Criminal Defense & Prisoner Advocacy Clinic dive into the case, its implications and how criminal defenders and prosecutors should approach jury selection going forward.

05/17/2019
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KKK IN THE PD:
WHITE SUPREMACIST POLICE AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT
by Vida Johnson

When stress is on the rise in our community, it is also a good time for a reminder of another resource available to memb...
01/27/2019
Lawyer Assistance Program

When stress is on the rise in our community, it is also a good time for a reminder of another resource available to members of the D.C. Bar, individuals whose applications to the D.C. Bar are pending, and students at our six local law schools: the D.C. Bar's Lawyer Assistance Program. This free, confidential program offers assistance with stress relief, time management, drug and alcohol addition, and mental health issues. If you need assistance of any kind, please don't hesitate to seek it out.

The D.C. Bar Lawyer Assistance Program is a free, confidential program assisting lawyers, judges, and law students who experience problems that interfere with their personal lives.

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07/15/2018

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03/16/2018

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National Association for Public Defense
05/27/2017
National Association for Public Defense

National Association for Public Defense

When your client tells you he's not guilty, but DNA seems to say he is, don't stop. These New York public defenders didn't.

Edward Ungvarsky was spot on - "Read the opinion for yourself, but ... the judges got this one wrong. This case is DC's ...
06/12/2015
D.C. Appeals Court Rejects Challenge to Convictions in 1984 Murder

Edward Ungvarsky was spot on - "Read the opinion for yourself, but ... the judges got this one wrong. This case is DC's Central Park 5 case, and one hopes that one day, innocence will prevail."

Thirty years after a jury in Washington found a group of young men guilty in the fatal beating of 48-year-old Catherine Fuller, the District of Columbia Cour...

06/09/2015

Police Force in Inner Cities
How much force should police officers use? Join Jason Downs, one of the attorneys for Freddie Gray’s family, and other expert panelists as they grapple with this question that now faces the nation. The D.C. Bar Sections Office program, “Police Officers’ Use of Force in Inner City Neighborhoods and the Fallout in These Communities,” will be held on June 11.

Downs of Murphy, Falcon & Murphy will be joined by Lisa A. Crooms-Robinson, dean of academic affairs at Howard University School of Law; Angela Davis, a professor of law at American University Washington College of Law; J. Wyndal Gordon, founder of the Law Offices of J. Wyndal Gordon; and Dr. Giorgio Ra’Shadd, retired military police officer/Army National Guard, who will serve as panelists for this discussion. Brandi Harden, cochair of the D.C. Bar Criminal Law and Individual Rights Section, will moderate.

The speakers will explore how police officers monitor “high crime areas” in urban and inner city communities, how they interpret their ability to use force, how “use of force” policies affect the communities where they are being enforced, and what the fallout is in inner cities when citizens believe that excessive force is being used by police officers.

The program takes place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the D.C. Superior Court, 500 Indiana Avenue NW, room 3300. Doors open at 6 p.m. The discussion is sponsored by the D.C. Bar Criminal Law and Individual Rights Section.

For more information, contact the Sections Office at 202-626-3463.

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Vacancy for Appointment of a New United States Magistrate Judge The United States District Court for the District of Columbia is currently accepting applications for the appointment of a new United States Magistrate Judge. Open Date: November 1, 2019 Closing Date: December 31, 2019 Area of Consideration: Open to all qualified individuals.
TRAINING OPPORTUNITY FOR DC PRACTITIONERS! The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia’s Forensic Practice Group (FPG) strives prepare the defense community to understand, utilize, and challenge forensic science in court. FPG puts on an annual conference to educate on relevant forensic science topics. This year’s conference is focused on the admissibility of scientific evidence under FRE 702. After almost a century of applying Frye’s “general acceptance” standard to forensic evidence, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals recently adopted the FRE 702 reliability test for the admissibility of expert testimony in the landmark case Motorola Inc. v Murray. With more forensic evidence in our cases than ever before, understanding this new standard is crucial. Join us on July 28th at Arnold & Porter, LLP to learn more! Check in will begin at 9 a.m. with a light breakfast. Six-and-a-half hours of D.C. CJA CLE credit will be offered. Must be registered to attend.
Attorney Josh Dratel explains why he is working to #DefendGitmoDefenders: "The contempt citation issued to Brig. Gen. Baker is emblematic of the defects that have defined the Guantanamo Bay military commissions from their inception: arbitrary, unlawful, unjust. It also represents the latest attempt in a campaign to compromise and interfere with the defense function. From unfounded investigations of defense attorneys, to serial infiltration of defense teams, to intercepting privileged attorney-client communications, this latest outrage seeks to decapitate the defense offense because Brig. Gen Baker and the al Nashiri team adhered to the code of professional legal ethics. It appears that since 2009, because the authorities at Guantanamo are no longer permitted to torture the detainees, they instead are intent on abusing the lawyers. It is just another example why the commissions, devised and designed to secure convictions without regard for the protections afforded under U.S. and international law, and the entire detention operation at Guantanamo Bay, must be shut down." You can #DefendGitmoDefenders by signing and sharing NACDL’s petition: https://buff.ly/2hkyUq1.