What should I bring with me to a CPO hearing in D.C.?

August 1, 2020
Washington DC Memorials re: CPO hearing

Although it is often helpful to have physical evidence to corroborate your version of events, the only thing you absolutely need to bring to a restraining order hearing in D.C. is yourself.

Obtaining a restraining order during the Covid-19 pandemic

July 31, 2020
Washington DC regarding Restraining Orders during COVID-19

With D.C. Superior Court now closed because of the Covid-19 pandemic, Civil Protection Orders (CPOs), Temporary Protection Orders (TPOs) and other forms of restraining orders must be obtained remotely.

Presenting your best self at a virtual hearing

July 25, 2020
D.C. criminal defense lawyer

I am nosy. I am also a snob. I am curious what people choose to display in the background behind them during virtual hearings.

An interloper on the SCTLA listserv

July 12, 2020
D.C. criminal defense attorney

The judge issues the order on the very same day that I complain publicly on the SCTLA listserv. On a Saturday. After sitting on the motion for over 9 months.

Bianca Forde: The view from her side of the courtroom

July 9, 2020
Bianca Ford

The photograph depicts Bianca Forde sitting in a New York criminal courtroom. In this courtroom, however, she is sitting at the defense table. She is in casual clothes. And she is looking pretty unhappy.

My claim to fame

July 3, 2020
criminal defense attorney

This website is my claim to fame at D.C. Superior Court. It is not my commanding courtroom presence or my oral advocacy skills. It is not even my good looks. It is this website.

On choosing a house. Or a lawyer.

June 23, 2020
Choosing a DC Criminal Defense Lawyer - Graffiti on DC Wall

Some clients will hire the first lawyer they reach by phone. Others will take more time. They interview multiple lawyers in person. They ask questions.

A “chance encounter” at the airport

June 16, 2020
D.C. criminal defense attorney

Q: Well, let me spell it out for you. At the airport, you showed up out of the blue, uninvited. Just like in the song. A: I had no idea she and her boyfriend would be there.

Starting a criminal defense practice after Covid

D.C. criminal defense practice - graffiti image

The changes now being effected in response to the pandemic — specifically the trend toward on-line hearings — could pose challenges for new lawyers seeking to start criminal defense practices in D.C.

Criminal defense in the Covid era

June 15, 2020
DC Superior Court

We will learn. We will adapt. But as with so many other things in our lives, there will be the pre- and the post-Covid eras. Things will never be the same.