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Youth Law Fair (2017)

Youth Law Fair (2017)

Join us for the 18th Annual Youth Law Fair on Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 10:30 am - 2:30 pm. This free event is sponsored by the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and the D.C. Bar Litigation Section. The Youth Law Fair inspires DC teens to think about using the law to address big social justice problems. Each year, DC Superior Court Judges, the DC Bar Association, the DC Office of the Attorney General, and area voluntary bar associations join forces to create a hands-on introduction to law and the court system for the next generation of lawyers. A team of WCL volunteers will assist high schoolers in presenting a mock trial. Volunteers are encouraged to attend a 1-hour training on March 17 at 6 pm. Additional information will be emailed to you. District of Columbia Bar Youth Law Fair Volunteer Policy Individual volunteer efforts are a vital and valuable part of the Youth Law Fair program. We value volunteers' time, dedication and commitment. A volunteer is defined as "any person who donates approved service without pay or reimbursement." Who Can Volunteer for the Youth Law Fair? D.C. Bar members, staff and their immediate family members D.C. Bar Youth Law Fair exhibitors and their staff D.C. Bar Youth Law Fair committee members Any parent attending the Youth Law Fair with his or her child Any licensed lawyer who provides proof of membership in his/her state Bar other than the D.C. Bar Any judge, clerk, intern or staff member of the D.C. Court of Appeals, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia or the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Law students from law schools located in the District of Columbia If you have any question's please feel free to contact the D.C. Bar Sections Office at 202-626-3463.

Racial Justice Series: Community Policing & Engagement (2017)

Racial Justice Series: Community Policing & Engagement (2017)

At the next installment of our Racial Justice Series, we'll discuss best practices in community policing and how we can help improve it. Learn from police and criminal justice experts about the intersection of race and policing, national trends and initiatives, and local policing practices right here in the District of Columbia. We'll be joined by an expert panel, including: Laurie Robinson, Co-chair of President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing & Criminology professor at George Mason University Law School; Commander Jacob Kishter, Director, Metropolitan Police Academy; and Alicia Yass, Legal Counsel, District of Columbia Office of Police Complaints. Our moderator will be Nkechi Taifa, Advocacy Director for Criminal Justice at the Open Society Foundations. After the discussion, we'll have Q&A and serve light refreshments. This event is cosponsored by the Diversity Committee of the Women's Bar Association of DC. And extra thanks to Hogan Lovells for hosting this discussion.  

Litigation Skills Series: Depositions (2017)

Litigation Skills Series: Depositions (2017)

Our first-ever deposition training will feature lecture, demonstration, and Q&A from Arnold & Porter litigation partners Phil Horton and Josh Davis. Phil and Josh will cover both taking and defending depositions. The portion of the program on taking depositions will cover such topics as how to frame effective questions, proper use of direct vs. leading questions, personal style, use of outlines, and deposition strategy. The program on defending depositions will cover both how to prepare a witness (both on the facts of the case and on how to be an effective witness), as well as how to defend the actual deposition.  The instructors will also give a demonstration on taking and defending a deposition in a landlord/tenant case. Depositions can be useful tools in all kinds of cases. Under DC's local rules, you may record a video deposition in your office without need for a court reporter. We'll explain the basics of doing this and how it can make depositions more affordable for pro bono and public-interest lawyers and their clients. Bring your lunch, and join us in learning the basics of how to prepare yourself and your witness for a deposition, what techniques are most effective, and what traps to avoid. This course has been approved for 2.25 hours of general CLE credit in CA, and 2.5 hours of skills credit in NY. Approval currently is pending and not guaranteed in VA. Scholarships are available thanks to the generosity of the D.C. Bar Foundation. Please email Nancy Lopez at nlopez@wclawyers.org for more information.