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.


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.

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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.

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The Sidley Austin team enjoying their Go Casual day!