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The Journalists’ Handbook to the Courts in the District of Columbia Project was undertaken by the Council for Court Excellence and led by a distinguished group of journalists, judges, court public information officers, and media attorneys. They are:

Laura R. Handman, Co-chair*
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Eric N. Lieberman, Co-chair*
Vice President and Counsel
The Washington Post

Lanny A. Breuer, Co-chair
Covington & Burling
October 2007 – December 2008

Barry Coburn
Coburn & Coffman PLLC

Lucy Dalglish
Executive Director
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

Jerald N. Fritz
Senior Vice President, Legal and
Strategic Affairs and General Counsel
Allbritton Communications Company

Leah H. Gurowitz
Director of Legislative, Intergovernmental and Public Affairs
District of Columbia Courts

Ronald C. Jessamy*
Law Office of Ronald C. Jessamy, PLLC

Lee Levine*
Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz, LLP

The Honorable Lee F. Satterfield
Chief Judge
Superior Court of the District of Columbia

Sheldon L. Snook
Administrative Assistant to the Chief Judge
United States District Court for the District of Columbia

Arabella Teal*

Kurt Wimmer*
Covington & Burling

Andrew J. Glass*, Contributing Editor, Politico
Jack Murphy, Executive Director, MDDC Press Association

Project staff:
June B. Kress, Executive Director
Peter M. Willner, Senior Policy Analyst

*Member, Council for Court Excellence Board of Directors

We are grateful to Leah Gurowitz, who suggested the idea for this Handbook.

Thank you to former Council for Court Excellence interns Lindsey Dempsey, Ryan Taylor, and Sierra Neudecker for their contributions and research assistance. Thanks to Amanda Paloian for fact-checking the Handbook.


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