D.C. Superior Court

With Significant Drop in Crime, D.C. Reduces Size of CJA Panel

May 24, 2014 D.C. Superior Court

The list is finally out. D.C. Superior Court Judge Robert Morin announced last fall that the panel of attorneys who are approved to represent indigent criminal defendants would be reconstituted. Everyone was required to re-apply. And, with the number of criminal cases down 25% since 2008, Judge Morin warned that there would be major cuts. […]

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Policy Shmolicy: Dealing With Junior Prosecutors

March 8, 2014 D.C. Superior Court

Occasionally you have a judge who tells it like it is. I am standing at the bar of the court. My client has successfully completed a diversion program. The clerk calls our case 15 minutes early, before my client has arrived in the courtroom, so I offer to waive my client’s presence. We need two […]

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PDS Launches Criminal Law Blog

September 25, 2013 Criminal Law Bloggers

The Public Defender Service (PDS) has just begun a blog — the PDS Criminal Law Blog — that reviews recent D.C. Court of Appeals opinions.  With Samia Fam, Nancy Glass, Jackie Frankfurt, and a handful of other public defenders sharing responsibility for the writing, the blog will certainly have some heavy hitters behind it.  The […]

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Dana Tapper Awarded $20,000 on Ellen DeGeneres Show

March 6, 2013 Current Events

Last September I wrote about Dana Tapper, a third-year law student at UVA who interned last summer with the Juvenile Services Program of the D.C. Public Defender Service. Apparently I was not the only person to be impressed by Dana. She was featured last week on the Ellen DeGeneres show, where DeGeneres presented her with […]

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Judge Epps Now Handling DUI Calendar

January 18, 2013 D.C. Superior Court

I just made my first appearance in front of Judge Diana Epps in Room 116.  She took over the DUI calendar for D.C. Superior Court last month after Judge Knowles was sworn in as associate judge. Based on my experience with Judge Epps through probable cause hearings in JM-15, she seems to be genuinely sympathetic […]

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Law Students in D.C. Superior Court

January 11, 2013 D.C. Superior Court

It is January, the beginning of the spring semester, and D.C. law students are back in court. There is the Juvenile Justice Clinic and the Prettyman Fellowship program, both programs run out of Georgetown. There is also the D.C. Law Students in Court internship that draws on law students from American, Catholic, Georgetown, George Washington, […]

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Mindy Daniels, My Reluctant Mentor

December 20, 2012 Appellate Practice

She doesn’t know it yet but Mindy Daniels is going to be my mentor on all things having to do with the D.C. Court of Appeals. One of the first things I do whenever I start out in a new jurisdiction is to decide which lawyers I admire most. I then glom onto them. I […]

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Why I Prefer D.C.

December 12, 2012 D.C. Superior Court

Here are 15 reasons I prefer D.C. Superior Court to the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia: There is a cafeteria. There is a lawyer’s lounge. There is a legal library. Women in orange jackets greet you when you come into the building and direct you to where you need to go. You can get into […]

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Kimberley Knowles Sworn in as D.C. Superior Court Judge

November 12, 2012 Current Events

Judge Kimberley Knowles was sworn in as a D.C. Superior Court Associate Judge on Friday.  Confirmed by the Senate on August 2, Judge Knowles had previously served as a magistrate judge, sitting most recently in Room 116 where she presided over drinking-and-driving cases. According to Zoe Tillman of the Blog of Legal Times, Superior Court […]

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On “Constructive Venting” And Wayne My Investigator

November 6, 2012 D.C. Superior Court

Seth Godin writes about a friend of his, a middle school teacher, who avoided the teacher’s lounge because “he couldn’t bear the badmouthing of students, the whining and the blaming”: Just about every organization, every on-line service, every product and every element of our culture now has chat rooms and forums devoted to a few […]

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