Past Events

Previous Events

July 15, 2014
The Chapter celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by hosting a luncheon with Lonnie G. Bunch, III, the founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Mr. Bunch has had a very distinguished career as a historian, author, curator and educator. He has spent nearly 30 years in the museum field, many of those years with the Smithsonian. He recently published a book titled: Slave Culture: A Documentary Collection of the Slave Narratives. 

July 10, 2014
The Capitol Hill Chapter kicked off its commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with a tour and lunch at President Lincoln’s Cottage. Chapter members and guests got the opportunity to explore President Lincoln’s life at the cottage and hear about one of his greatest accomplishments – the Emancipation Proclamation, issued 100 years before the passage of the Civil Rights Act.

June 12, 2014
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Criminal Justice Act, the Chapter cosponsored a program titled “The Right to Counsel in the Federal Courts and Courts Martial: A Comparative Program.” The speakers told fascinating stories of the history of the right to counsel and shared their own experiences in both the military and civilian side of the criminal law system. This program was held in the Ceremonial Courtroom of the U.S. District Courthouse for the District of Columbia and included a networking reception following the presentation.

June 12, 2014
The Chapter hosted its annual Ethics Symposium in the GAO Auditorium. Jack Marshall, of ProEthics, Ltd., returned to present a custom course entitled, “Ethics and the Government Lawyer: 2014.” The course was approved for 2 VA Ethics CLEs.

June 5 & 6, 2014
The Capitol Hill Chapter cosponsored the Second International Legislative Drafting and Law Reform Conference at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. The Conference hosted speakers and attendees from outside of the United States, including Canada, South Africa, and the UK, and from locations all around the United States, including Puerto Rico.

May 13, 2014
The Chapter held its annual Supreme Court luncheon, featuring Justice Antonin Scalia, in the West Conference Room of the Supreme Court. The luncheon was reserved for Chapter members and their guests.

April 17, 2014
The Chapter hosted a luncheon with Senate Historian Donald Ritchie in the Mansfield Room of the United States Capitol. Mr. Ritchie has worked in the Historian’s office for almost 40 years and has a wealth of knowledge on every detail of the Senate’s history.

March 27, 2014
The Chapter hosted a luncheon featuring the Honorable Gustavo A. Gelpí, a judge of the U.S. District Court of Puerto Rico and President of the Federal Bar Association. As part of the Jon Van Dyke Lecture Series, Judge Gelpí spoke on the constitutional evolution of overseas U.S. territories. This event was held at the Capitol Visitors Center and was approved by VA for 1 general CLE.

February 11, 2014
The Chapter hosted a luncheon at the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building with noted local author David Stewart who spoke about his new book The Lincoln Deception. Stewart has spoken to the Chapter in the past about his books which have discussed the history of the Constitutional Convention, the Andrew Johnson impeachment trial, and Aaron Burr.

February 7, 2014
The Chapter cohosted a luncheon with the Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Section (EENR) with speaker Horst G. Greczmiel, Associate Director for NEPA Oversight, Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). The luncheon was held at Duane Morris LLP in Washington, DC.


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