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 private 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.

Go Formal and then Go Casual: Support DC Legal Services this October

The DC Bar Foundation has two exciting events coming up this October that you do not want to miss! Dress up for the Foundation's annual Go Formal for Justice gala on Friday, October 18 at Mayer Brown LLP. Then, dress down for Go Casual for Justice, a city-wide jeans day fundraiser that takes place annually during National Pro Bono week, October 19 to 25. 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.

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(Left) Gala-goers enjoying the photobooth at last year's Go Formal for Justice. (Right) Sidley Austin LLP staff sporting their denim for last year's Go Casual for Justice.

Job Opening: Development Officer

The DC Bar Foundation seeks a creative, strategic Development Officer to support its fundraising efforts, which include an annual law firm campaign, special events, and end of year appeal. This is a full-time position. Please click here to learn more about the position and to apply.

2014 Legal Services Grants and Midyear DC LRAP Awards Announced

The DC Bar Foundation has awarded $600,000 to 20 DC-based civil legal services providers that serve low-income, underrepresented DC residents. Read more here.

We are also happy to announce that nine DC-based attorneys, working for eligible legal services providers, have received midyear DC LRAP awards to assist them with their monthly law school loan payments. Read more here.

James D. Bishop Receives 2014 Scoutt Prize

The DC Bar Foundation presented James D. Bishop, Director of the Catholic Charities Legal Network of the Archdiocese of Washington, with the 2014 Jerrold Scoutt Prize at the 2014 DC Bar Reception Honoring the Judiciary in the Rotunda of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

Click here for details.


DC Bar Foundation Board President Marc L. Fleischaker Recipient of Council for Court Excellence Award 

Marc L. Fleiscaker, DC Bar Foundation Board President, was presented the Justice Potter Stewart Award by the Council for Court Excellence at its 18th Annual Justice Potter Stewart Award Dinner, held on Thursday, May 8, 2014.

Read more here.

On Thursday, May 8, 2014, Kirra L. Jarratt, Executive Director of the DC Bar Foundation, presented testimony before Chairman Tommy Wells and members of the Council of the District of Columbia Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary. The testimony supported Mayor Gray’s Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Request for $4.278 million appropriated to the Access to Justice Initiative.

Read the press release here.

Read Jarratt's full written testimony with an overview of the FY14 Access to Justice Grants here.

altDC Bar Foundation Awards More Than $3.4 Million in Grants

On Friday, March 14, the DC Bar Foundation announced the award of more than $3.4 million to 20 projects dedicated to supporting civil legal services for D.C. residents most in need.  Read more.

altYoung Lawyer’s Network Sponsors Homelessness 101 Presentation

On Thursday, February 20, the DC Bar Foundation’s Young Lawyer’s Network Leadership Council sponsored a special presentation by the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless on the causes and faces of homelessness. The event was hosted by Jenner & Block LLP.  View photos.

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.