2017 Immigration and Naturalization Ceremony

The DC Chapter hosted an immigration and naturalization ceremony for new citizens at the US District Court for the District of Columbia. Prakash Khatri, Board Member of the DC Chapter, gave moving remarks about how he achieved his dream of becoming a lawyer. Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson presided over the ceremony. Former Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy, was the key note speaker. Steven Miller, Circuit Vice President for the DC Circuit, was in attendance and facilitated the event including the breakfast sponsored by the DC Chapter.


Attendees at the Immigration and Naturalization Ceremony for new citizens at the US District Court for DC


Prakash Khatri, DC Chapter Board Member, with attendees from the Immigration and Naturalization Ceremony


Steve Miller, Circuit Vice President for the DC Circuit, and former Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy, with attendees from the Immigration and Naturalization Ceremony, in the Judges Dining Room

2017 DC Court Camp

On April 25, 2017, the DC Chapter sponsored the Chapter's first court camp, as part of a FBA national effort to do civics-related community service activities during April as pre-law day activities. The DC court camp brought together over 40 DC high school students from two schools and law student volunteers from the Marshall Brennan Program at American University's Washington College of Law as well as several volunteers from the Federal Bar Association, including Nicole Bacon, Chapter Secretary; Steven Miller, our Circuit Vice President; Brian Murphy, our Chapter Vice President, Ken Lemberg, and Patrick (Mac) Kennedy who met with Judge Scott Stucky of the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and Judge Emmit Sullivan of the U.,S. District Court for the District of Columbia. In addition, Steven Miller, Brian Murphy, and Mac Kennedy also attended a hearing on a Guantanamo detainee which Judge Royce Lamberth presided over. The DC court camp program was planned and organized by a committee of representatives of the DC Chapter, including the above FBA members and Ron Crump, Ashley Akers, Jonathan Lasken, Chapter Board Member and Diana Wielocha, Chapter Board Member.

The participants first attended two morning criminal sentencing proceedings at the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. One of the judge's law clerks gave the participants background information on the two cases. Judge Stucky, one of the five judges on that court's panel, spoke to the participants after the second proceeding. Judge Stucky explained the scope of the cases, the role of the court, and his background and career path.

After leaving the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, the participants walked to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia where the enjoyed a pizza lunch, courtesy of the Federal Bar Association and a grant from the Federal Bar Foundation.

Following the lunch, participants were escorted by Aaron Adaway from the court's administrative office to Judge Sullivan's chambers for a half hour talk and question and answer session by Judge Emmit Sullivan about the scope of the jurisdiction of the U.S. District Court for DC.

At the end of the meeting with Judge Sullivan, Aaron Adaway led the participants on a brief tour of the courthouse building, including the ceremonial court room.

At the end of the tour, the high school students and the law student volunteers from the Marshall Brennan program that accompanied them left to return the students to their high schools. Steven Miller, Brian Murphy, and Mac Kennedy attended a proceeding concerning a Guantanamo detainee which Judge Royce Lamberth, a longtime FBA DC Chapter member presided over. Following the completion of the proceeding, Steven Miller and Mac Kennedy spoke to Judge Lamberth in his chambers about the proceeding.

Each of the judges agreed to serve as honorary members of the board of the DC Chapter and to assist the FBA DC Chapter in other ways, including speaking at a distinguished luncheon series, talking to FBA members following a future tour of the courthouse, and allowing a profile of each of them to be included in The Federal Lawyer magazine.

The Honorable Emmet G. Sullivan, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
Immigration Leadership Monthly Luncheon Series with David Shahoulian

On September 21, 2016, the DC Chapter and Immigration Law Section hosted the FBA Immigration Leadership Luncheon with David Shahoulian, the Deputy General Counsel at the US Department of Homeland Security as the guest speaker. Mr. Shahoulian discussed a wide variety of topics being handled by his office and responded to questions from the audience on numerous topics including the structure of his office, DACA, asylum law and immigration policy priorities, among other topics. The next FBA Immigration Leadership luncheon will be held at Carmines Restaurant, 425 7th St, NW, Washington, DC on October 12, 2016 at 11:30am. The speaker will be Michael McGoings, the Acting Chief Immigration Judge.






(l to r): Prakash Khatri, DC Leadership Luncheons Chair, and David Shahoulian, Deputy General Counsel, U.S. Department of Homeland Security




(l to r): Prakash Khatri, DC Leadership Luncheons Chair; Elizabeth Stevens, Immigration Law Section Secretary; David Shahoulian, Deputy General Counsel, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Patricia Ryan, DC Chapter Board Member; and Ozlem Barnard, DC Chapter Member
Constitutional Evolution of U.S. Territories

On March 27, 2014 Federal Bar Association National President, Hon. Gustavo A. Gelpi, Jr. spoke at the American Univeristy's Washington College of Law in San Juan, PR on the topic of Constitutional Evolution of U.S. Territories. The event was sponsored by the D.C., Puerto Rico & Hawaii Chapters. View the image gallery.

5th Annual Alan B. Levenson Symposium



March 29th Reception for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas

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