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.


Kathryn M. Doan of CAIR Coalition to Receive Scoutt Prize

The DC Bar Foundation has selected Kathryn M. Doan, Executive Director of the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition, as the recipient of the 2015 Jerrold Scoutt Prize. The 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. DCBF will present the 2015 Jerrold Scoutt Prize during the DC Bar’s Judicial Reception on Friday, April 17, 2015. Read more here.


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. Read more here.


Currently Accepting Applications for the FY15 Access to Justice Grant Program

The DC Bar Foundation (DCBF) released the FY15 Access to Justice Grant application for DC civil legal services providers seeking project funding. The application is due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 30, 2015, with awards announced mid-March 2015. DCBF will award grants to nonprofit legal services providers located in the District of Columbia to fund direct civil legal services to low-income DC residents. Read more here.


Over $319,000 Awarded to 69 Civil Legal Services Lawyers

The DC Bar Foundation (DCBF) announced the recipients of its two loan repayment assistance programs (LRAP) for FY15. More than $319,000 was awarded to 69 civil legal services lawyers, who provide direct civil legal services to low-income, underserved DC residents. Read more here.


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.