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.
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.
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. Get your tickets now!
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. Register now via the yellow button on this page!
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.
(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.
Now Accepting 2015 LRAP Applications
The DC Bar Foundation is currently accepting applications for the 2015 loan repayment assistance program (LRAP). New applicants must attend an LRAP information session, which take place on October 7 and October 16. Information on the program's guidelines, eligibility and eligible employment, as well as the application and how to sign up for an LRAP information session, can be found here. Applications are due to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 5:00 pm on Tuesday, November 4, 2014.
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.
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.