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  • CCE Program: “Secret Courts, Secret Law”

    CCE Program: “Secret Courts, Secret Law”

    CCE’s Board was treated to a special panel program on December 12th organized by the CCE Bench Bar Media Dialogue Project, entitled “Secret Courts, Secret Law.” The panel discussed a wide range of thought-provoking questions, including under what circumstances are secret courts created in the US legal system? What are the unique challenges that arise with regard to litigating secret law or before secret courts? What might the public not appreciate about the costs of secret courts/secret law and are these costs unavoidable? Could secret courts be differently configured while still respecting the underlying justification of secrecy? How does “precedent” work in a system in which the rulings at issue are not publicly available? What are the broader impacts that secret courts and secret law have on our common law system? What lessons should we take away from the military commissions/FISA Court with regard to the desirability of secret law and secret courts? These were a selection of the interesting issues discussed. All in all, it was a well-received and informative program.

  • CCE Releases Compliments and Complaints Guide

    CCE Releases Compliments and Complaints Guide

    The Council for Court Excellence is pleased to present its Compliments and Complaints Guide. This guide gathers in one place information about how to submit compliments or comments and how to make and resolve complaints about any professional in the DC justice system. The information in this guide comes from sixteen courts and agencies in the District that provided details about their compliment and complaint referral process.

  • A Conversation with Chief Judge Richard W. Roberts

    A Conversation with Chief Judge Richard W. Roberts

    CCE Board Director Michael Hays of Dow Lohnes (soon to merge with Cooley, LLP) recently sat down for a one-on-one conversation with CCE Executive Committee member and Public Service Committee Chair, Chief Judge Richard Roberts of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

  • Consensus about DC Post-Arrest Legislation

    There was consensus among the groups testifying in support of the Post-Arrest Process Clarification Amendment Act of 2013, Bill #20-323, at a hearing before the DC Council Judiciary Committee on November 21. CCE, along with the DC Metropolitan Police Department, the DC Police Union, the DC Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the DC Office of the Attorney General, largely commented that CCE's report was “excellent” and provided needed clarity for police and citizens. The legislation was co-introduced by DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson and Councilmember Tommy Wells, and co-sponsored by Councilmember Mary Cheh.

  • Jury Nullification in DC

    The recent posting of a “jury nullification” poster in the Judiciary Square metro resulted in an interesting Washington Post story and brought attention to the issue of jury service, a critical civic responsibility that merits more attention. In 2012, there were about 40,000 people summoned for jury service and almost 500 trials held in both the DC Superior Court and the US District Court for DC.

  • Congratulations to Author (and CCE Board Director) Larry Hobart

    CCE Board Director Larry Hobart, a former journalist, has just published Basalt City, a historical novel that covers the infamous assault by the Ku Klux Klan on Catholics, Jews and blacks in 1922 Oregon. Actual minutes from a Klan Klavern in La Grande, Oregon, served as a basis for his historical novel.

  • DC Chamber Recognizes Industrial Bank with Major Award

    CCE’s Board Leader Industrial Bank and its President B. Doyle Mitchell were honored in late October at the DC Chamber’s Choice Awards and Gala with its “Lifetime Legacy Award.” The recognition, first given in 2009, honors individuals and decision-makers who, through their leadership, direction, and commitment, have contributed to the life and vibrancy of the District of Columbia.

  • Korematsu v. United States (1944)

    Korematsu v. United States (1944)

    Thirty years ago next month, justice delayed finally arrived for a pioneer of racial equality, Fred Korematsu. The most famous challenger of the Japanese-American internment had his conviction overturned as a result of information showing the government had withheld vital evidence from the both the Supreme Court and Mr. Korematsu’s defense team, led by CCE founder Charles Horsky.

  • Prestigious Ollie May Cooper Award to Ron Jessamy

    Prestigious Ollie May Cooper Award to Ron Jessamy

    Judges, lawyers, law students, and family and friends of Ronald C. Jessamy gathered last week at the Howard University Law School to witness the Washington Bar Association’s presentation to him of the 35th annual Ollie May Cooper Award, and to hear the 33rd Annual Founder’s Lecture given by Professor Charles J. Ogletree of Harvard Law School.

  • CCE mourns the loss of Board Director Thomas J. Mikula

    CCE mourns the loss of Board Director Thomas J. Mikula

    CCE mourns the loss of Board Director Thomas J. Mikula, who passed away on October 9, 2013. Tom had served as the Board representative for Goodwin Procter since 2007, and as a member of the Executive Committee since 2010. He was a member of the Awards Selection Committee for the annual Justice Potter Stewart Award Dinner since 2009, and served as chair of the committee from 2011 – 2013.

  • CCE Board Directors Recently Honored

    CCE Board Directors Recently Honored

    Three CCE Board Directors were recently recognized for their leadership within the Washington, DC legal community. CCE congratulates all of the honorees!

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  • Save the Date: Oct 14 CCE Golf Outing

    Save the Date: Oct 14 CCE Golf Outing

    Join CCE Directors and friends on October 14 for a morning of golf at Four Streams Golf Club.

  • Welcome to Renee Smith!

    Welcome to Renee Smith!

    Please join us in welcoming CCE's newest staff member, Renee Smith. Renee is CCE's Development Director and will be responsible for developing and implementing CCE's annual fundraising goals and strategies.

  • CCE Convenes Inaugural Meeting of Regional UPL Leaders

    CCE Convenes Inaugural Meeting of Regional UPL Leaders

    CCE convened, for the first time, a meeting on August 29th for leaders in DC, Maryland and Virginia who oversee unauthorized practice of law (UPL) matters in their respective jurisdictions.

  • President Obama's Speech and CCE's Work

    President Obama's Speech and CCE's Work

    President Obama's recent speech commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington touched on two important issues that CCE is working on - School Discipline and Reentry.

  • New CCE Initiative: Access to Justice for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

    CCE's new initiative plans to assess this population’s access to the courts and consider ways to involve the private bar around communication access needs.

  • CCE Attends Conference on Immigrant Consumer Protection

    CCE Attends Conference on Immigrant Consumer Protection

    More than 50 regional government, community and other stakeholders gathered last month for a half-day conference on Immigrant Consumer Protection Issues in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia. The event featured panels on notario fraud and immigration services scams and other consumer related scams targeting immigrants, such as unscrupulous debt collector practices.

  • CCE Profiles: Marc Sherman

    CCE Profiles: Marc Sherman

    The first in a new, periodic series of profiles of the CCE "family:" the group of people who make up CCE and the ways they contribute to improving the administration of justice in DC. For this profile, new CCE Treasurer Doug Spaulding (at far left in picture) interviews outgoing Treasurer Marc Sherman (at right) about his life, career, and over 20-year experience serving on CCE's Board of Directors.

  • Thank You to Our Mid-Year Donors!

    Donors are supporting CCE's collaborative efforts to improve DC's justice system on diverse projects such as improving DC's post-arrest processes, addressing notario and legal service fraud, undertaking a major jury reform effort, and much more!

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