District of Columbia

811 ABA Journal District of Columbia articles.

DC Bar considers relaxing its already-lenient rules to allow nonlawyer ownership of law firms
The District of Columbia Bar is considering changes to its ethics rules that could allow external ownership of law firms, as well as businesses in which lawyers and nonlawyers provide both legal and nonlegal services.
Afternoon Briefs: Teen blogger denied murder case evidence; Aerosmith drummer loses comeback case

Judge denies 16-year-old aspiring lawyer’s request for murder evidence

A 16-year-old aspiring lawyer and true crime blogger lost a bid Thursday to access evidence in the Texas murder case that…

Judge rules former White House counsel must testify in House probe, says ‘presidents are not kings’
A federal judge in Washington, D.C., ruled Monday that former White House counsel Don McGahn must appear before the House Judiciary Committee to testify in an investigation into how Russia influenced the 2016 presidential election and whether President Donald Trump tried to obstruct justice.
Judge blocks 4 federal executions, rules DOJ protocol doesn’t follow law

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has halted the Department of Justice’s plans to resume executions after a 16-year hiatus. District Judge Tanya Chutkan issued a preliminary injunction Wednesday. She ruled on behalf of four federal death-row inmates.

Judge rules woman who joined ISIS is not US citizen based on birthright citizenship exception
A federal judge in Washington, D.C., ruled from the bench Thursday that an Alabama woman who joined the Islamic State group and traveled to Syria is not a U.S. citizen because of an exception to the Constitution’s grant of birthright citizenship.
Afternoon Briefs: Madonna sued over late start time of concert; unusual bar ceremony goes viral

Fan sues Madonna for pushing back start time of her concert

A Florida man who spent more than $1,000 on three tickets to see singer Madonna in concert at her…

Judge orders DOJ to turn over Mueller grand jury information for impeachment probe
The chief federal judge in Washington, D.C., ruled Friday that the House Judiciary Committee is entitled to see grand jury materials related to former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Federal judge grants lawyer’s deadline extension so he can ‘stay up late watching baseball’ with his son
A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has granted a lawyer’s request to push back a briefing deadline for two days, so he and his son could watch the Washington Nationals in the playoffs.
Lawyer says it ‘would be an honor’ to be disbarred; disciplinary board aims to oblige
A Washington, D.C., lawyer may get his wish after he criticized disciplinary authorities and asked them to “do me the honor of disbarring me.”
‘Reply all’ email by miffed federal appeals judge tells colleague he isn’t paid to save the planet

Circuit Judge A. Raymond Randolph acknowledges he inadvertently hit “reply all” when he scolded a lower court colleague for forwarding information about a climate change seminar.

The event was co-sponsored…

What helped this attorney qualify for public service loan forgiveness? Diligence—and social media

Like many seeking public service student loan forgiveness, Jeffrey Morgan says he got bad information from student loan servicing centers. However, thanks to Twitter and Reddit—and perhaps his experience as a government lawyer dealing with bureaucracy and deciphering regulatory language—he’s now part of the estimated 5% who have had student loans discharged.

Afternoon Briefs: First Step Act frees crack cocaine offender; judge vacates port-of-entry asylum rule

A San Antonio man sentenced to life in prison for dealing crack cocaine has been freed under the First Step Act, the criminal justice reform measure that reduces…

Ethics panel, citing ‘egregious’ violations, recommends 33-month suspension for Larry Klayman
Police officers illegally use information from arrests that have been sealed, lawsuit says
When a man named J.J. was arrested in the Bronx in 2016, the public defenders assigned to represent him assumed he’d get a good plea deal. After all, it appeared to be a low-level case. J.J. had been a passenger in his friend’s car when police had pulled them over for allegedly failing to signal a turn; the officers then searched the vehicle and found an unlicensed gun inside.
Afternoon Briefs: Bar associations battle over trademark; New Jersey judge rebuked over rape case

Even though the Association of Trial Lawyers of America changed its name to the American Association for Justice in 2006, the Washington, D.C.-based bar association is suing the California-based…

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