“The man who represents himself has a fool for a client”

fool for a client

The man standing at the bar of the court is a nicely dressed, middle-aged white guy.  He looks like a lawyer.  That’s because, as it turns out, he IS a lawyer.  He is seeking the court’s permission to represent himself. 

Should I enter into a “CPO without admissions” in D.C.?

CPO without admission in D.C.

A person who has been served with a CPO petition in D.C. can enter into a “consent CPO without admissions.” The CPO is granted to the petitioner without a hearing. In exchange, there is no adverse finding of facts against the respondent.

Handling a U.S. Citation Case in D.C. Superior Court

Here is what every lawyer appearing in D.C. Superior Court should know about handling an arraignment for a U.S. citation.

D.C. Superior Court Criminal Calendar: 2019 Judicial Assignments

Felony 1 Calendar Judge Ronna Beck, Room 316 Judge Danya Dayson, Room 318 Judge Craig Iscoe, Room 313 Judge Milton Lee, Room 302 Judge Juliet McKenna, Room 215 Felony 2 Calendar Judge Steven Berk, Room 321 Judge Kimberley… Read More

The Reconstituted CJA Panel in D.C.

 Every four years, D.C. Superior Court re-establishes the panel of criminal defense lawyers who are eligible to accept court appointments.  The first re-establishment occurred in 2010 and the second in 2014. Chief Judge Robert Morin just issued his… Read More

Love Letter to a Prosecutor

Perhaps I should not admit it, but I like the Assistant U.S. Attorneys in D.C. They are generally smart, reasonable and decent people. They know the law. And, like defense attorneys, they are just trying to do the… Read More

Body Worn Cameras in D.C.: Watching Events Through the Eyes of Police

On the morning of trial, I stick my head into the small room outside the courtroom where the police officers are assembled. I have spent hours watching and indexing footage from the body worn cameras three of the… Read More

Second Fiddle at a Jury Trial

It is not easy sitting second-chair at a trial when you are used to running the show yourself. Recently appointed as a provisional member of the panel to represent indigent criminal defendants in D.C., I need to second-chair… Read More

A New Perspective on Representing Indigent Criminal Defendants

Three months into my court-appointed work in D.C., I now have a completely different perspective on representing indigent criminal defendants. At the time I quit my job as a public defender in Philadelphia after a three-year stint there,… Read More

Joining the Adult CJA Panel in D.C.

I have just been appointed to the D.C. Superior Court panel for adult court-appointed cases. I was one of three lawyers appointed on a “provisional” basis. (Three other lawyers were promoted from the provisional panel to the full… Read More