The mission of the DC Bar Foundation is to fund, support, and improve the civil legal services network of the District of Columbia. We are the leading funder of civil legal aid in the city, and we are committed to equal access to the justice system for District residents, regardless of income level. The Foundation's funding allows civil legal services organizations to provide assistance to thousands of District residents each year.
From October 22 to 25, 2014, the DC Bar Foundation and the DC Bar's Courts, Lawyers and Administration of Justice Section and Litigation Section co-sponsored a National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) training for twenty-four public interest lawyers from around the city. Read more about the training here.
The District of Columbia Bar Foundation seeks nominations for the 23rd annual Jerrold Scoutt Prize. A nominee must be an attorney who currently works full-time, or who has been employed full-time for a significant portion of his or her legal career, by a nonprofit organization that provides direct, hands-on legal services to poor or otherwise disadvantaged persons in the District of Columbia. The nominee must have demonstrated a compassionate concern for his or her clients while exhibiting a high degree of skill representing them. Nominations and supporting materials are due by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 9, 2014. Read more here.
On Saturday, October 18, the DC Bar Foundation Young Lawyers Network hosted more than 300 young lawyers and others in its second annual gala event, "Go Formal for Justice," to raise almost $64,000 for the Foundation, topping last year's proceeds by $9,000. Read more here.
Lose the Suit! Register for Go Casual for Justice Today
Go Casual for Justice, a city-wide jeans day fundraiser, kicked off during National Pro Bono Week, October 19 to 25. Register your office now to participate. All funds raised support the DC Bar Foundation’s legal services grants, training, and lawyer loan repayment assistance programs benefiting DC’s legal aid providers.
Sidley Austin LLP staff sporting their denim for last year's Go Casual for Justice.
DC Prime Partner Bank Program
Are you Banking on Justice? For more information on how your IOLTA accounts can earn more for DC legal services, click here.