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29th Annual DC Courts Adoption Day

on Mon, 11/23/2015 - 20:56

On Saturday, November 21st, the Superior Court celebrated its 29th Annual Adoption Day with DC’s Child and Family Services Agency. 

Twenty-five adoption decrees were signed, creating 18 new families just in time for the holiday season.  “This is always such a wonderful event.  To see children who might otherwise have been in foster care for a number of years, or possibly aged out of the system, be officially united with their ‘forever family’ is a very moving experience,” stated DC Superior Court’s Family Court Presiding Judge Hiram Puig-Lugo.

New Code of Conduct for the DC Courts

on Tue, 11/10/2015 - 19:18

"Public trust and confidence in the courts are essential to an orderly society, and cannot exist without respect for the institution as the third branch of government.  In furtherance of the DC

Courts’ strategic goal to enhance the public’s trust and confidence we have developed this Public Code of Conduct.  The Code is designed to ensure that the business of the Courts – handling some of the most serious matters in people’s lives – is treated with the respect it deserves."

- Anne B. Wicks, Executive Officer, District of Columbia Courts  

DCSC 29th Annual Adoption Day Announcement

on Mon, 11/09/2015 - 15:57

Members of the community are cordially invited to attend the 29th Annual Adoption Day Ceremony on Saturday, November 21, from 10am to noon at the Moultrie Courthouse. Giving the Gift of Family is the theme of this year’s program - promoting the importance of giving service to the community.

This celebration is the cornerstone of the DC’s efforts to encourage members of the community to adopt children who are currently in foster care and to provide them with permanent and loving homes.

Annual DCSC Family Court Conference Analyzes the Impacts of Trauma

on Thu, 11/05/2015 - 14:59

On Friday, October 30, 2015, the DC Superior Court’s Family Court held its 13th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference.  This year’s focus was on “Trauma-Informed Practice.”  Judge Hiram Puig-Lugo, Presiding Judge of Family Court, welcomed attendees to a day full of workshops, panel discussions, and seminars centered on the effect of childhood trauma and how it can influence relationships, productivity in school, incidences with the justice system, and poor health habits. 

“Changing schools is equivalent to the stress of an adult recovering from death in the family,” explained Dr.

DCSC's Annual Domestic Violence Conference Focuses on Elder Abuse

on Thu, 11/05/2015 - 14:46

The DC Superior Court’s Domestic Violence Unit held its annual conference on Friday, October 30, 2015.  This year’s focus was on how to assist the elderly if they are being abused or taken advantage of, and what services are available to them.  

Held in the DC Court of Appeals’ Ceremonial Courtroom, Domestic Violence, the Elderly and the City:  Is it Different for Them?  What Services are Available in DC? covered a range of topics, including a panel presentation from DC Office of Attorney General, Adult Protective Services, and Office of Aging; the DC Superior Court’s Guardianship Program

Chief Judge Washington Receives the Ollie May Cooper Award

on Mon, 11/02/2015 - 14:34

On October 22, 2015, Chief Judge Eric T. Washington of the DC Court of Appeals was given the Ollie May Cooper Award, which is presented annually to a member of the Washington Bar Association who has given outstanding service to the bar or whose leadership and organizational efforts have enhanced the image of the Washington Bar Association.

The award is named in honor of Ollie May Cooper who graduated from the Howard University School of Law, magna com laude with an L.L.B.