Working Committees of the Society

The Archival Preservation and Historical Research Committee recommends matters of historic significance for exhibits, publications and programs. Members work with judges to encourage the preservation of their private papers.

The Communications Committee produces courthouse exhibits and news and features conveying the story of the Circuitís rich past and the Historical Societyís current activities. Members keep the Washington legal community aware of those activities through the Societyís website ( and Facebook page (, and through other legal publications and organizations.

The Education Committee produces the Societyís mock court programs which area high school students, mentored by volunteer attorneys, argue cases before federal judges and receive certificates and commendation for their participation.

The Law Clerk Initiative seeks to interest law clerks and former law clerks who served judges of the D.C. Circuit Courts in becoming members of, and working with, the Historical Society.

The Membership Committee seeks to maintain and enlarge membership in the Society, and to advise the Society on recruiting materials, membership categories and dues.

The Nominations and Governance Committee recommends individuals for election as officers and directors of the Historical Society and suggests changes in the organization and bylaws of the Society.

The Oral History Committee selects judges, attorneys and others who have played key roles in the life of the D.C. Circuit Courts to be the subject of oral histories, to be taken by volunteer attorneys trained by the Society. Transcripts are available on the Societyís website and at the Library of Congress, the library of the E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse, and the library of the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

The Program Committee develops and presents programs on cases and issues of historic significance that have been litigated in the Courts of the D.C. Circuit. The programs often feature re-enactments of courtroom arguments by actual participants in the cases and noted experts, and are customarily videotaped for viewing on the Societyís website. Summer programs, designed especially for summer associates and young attorneys, have dealt with cross-examination, advances in courtroom technology, and judgesĀ handling of high profile cases.