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.

DCBF to Participate in Do More 24

On June 2nd, DCBF will participate in Do More 24, a day-long giving campaign hosted by United Way of the National Capital Area. Do More 24 provides an opportunity for individuals to create solutions to our region’s most difficult social challenges by determining which issues matter most to them and channeling their funding towards tackling those problems. Invest in justice on June 2nd by making a gift to the Foundation and showing your support through social media.

For more information about the Do More 24 campaign, please visit or contact Dave Stone, Development Officer, at


More than $4.5 Million Awarded to DC Civil Legal Aid Organizations

The DC Bar Foundation announced the 2016 recipients of the Access to Justice Grants Program (public grants), which awards grants to DC-based legal aid organizations that provide free legal help to low-income DC residents. A total of $4,544,000 was awarded to 33 projects, of which eight are new. Read the press release here.

Jennifer L. Berger of Legal Counsel for the Elderly to Receive Annual Scoutt Prize

The DC Bar Foundation has selected Jennifer L. Berger, Esquire, as the recipient of the 2016 Jerrold Scoutt Prize. Ms. Berger is a Supervisory Attorney at Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE).

The Scoutt prize is awarded annually to an attorney who has worked for a significant portion of his or her career at a nonprofit organization providing direct hands-on legal services to the needy in the District of Columbia, has demonstrated compassionate concern for his or her clients, and has exhibited a high degree of skill on their behalf.

The DC Bar Foundation will present the 2016 Jerrold Scoutt Prize during the DC Bar’s Judicial Reception on Thursday, April 21, 2016.

Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council Calls for Applications

The DC Bar Foundation is currently accepting applications for membership in its Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council, a group that offers younger attorneys an opportunity to further the goal of access to justice within the community. Members of the YLN Leadership Council are appointed to DCBF Board Committees, and serve as liasons to the organization's Board and Advisory Committee. 

Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on May 2, 2016. For more information about the YLN Leadership Council and to download application materials, click here.

2015 Annual Report

We are pleased to present our 2015 Annual Report that highlights donors, volunteers and our grantees. Click the image to download a PDF version.


Go Casual for Justice

Our Go Casual for Justice campaign continues to raise funds for DC's civil legal aid network. Read more about this important initiative and show your support.

The Sidley Austin team enjoying their Go Casual day!