We invest in justice.

The D.C. Bar Foundation is the leading private funder of civil legal aid in the District of Columbia. DCBF is committed to equal access to the justice system for District residents, regardless of income level. With DCBF funding, legal aid organizations provide assistance to thousands of DC residents each year.

Applications for the DC LRAP Program Now Available

The DC Bar Foundation is now accepting applications for its DC Loan Repayment Assistance Program from civil legal services lawyers who reside in DC and work for eligible employers that serve low-income, underrepresented DC residents. The deadline is Friday, May 2, 2014. Awards will be made in July 2014. Read more.

DC 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.

Board of Directors & Community Welcome New Executive Director

On Tuesday, February 25, the DC Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors hosted a breakfast and invited supporters and community partners to welcome Kirra L. Jarratt as the new Executive Director. View photos.




Young 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.

Jim BishopJames D. Bishop to Receive
2014 Scoutt Prize

The DC Bar Foundation will present the Jerrold Scoutt Prize to James D. Bishop, Director of the Catholic Charities Legal Network of the Archdiocese of Washington, at the D.C. Bar's annual Judicial Reception on May 15, 2014. Read more...


DC Bar Foundation Announces New Executive Director

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Kirra L. Jarratt has been named the new Executive Director of the DC Bar Foundation. Read more.

DC Bar Foundation Awards $700,000 in Legal Services Grants

DC Bar Foundation's Board awarded grants totaling $700,000 to nonprofit legal aid organizations, as well as mid-year loan repayment support to public interest attorneys. Read more.

DC Bar Foundation Awards $3.17 Million in Grants

More than a dozen civil legal services organizations in the District of Columbia will receive grants totaling $3.17 million, the D.C. Bar Foundation announced. Read more...

Su Sie JueSu Sie Jue Receives 2013 Scoutt Prize

The DC Bar Foundation presented Su Sie Ju of Bread for the City
with the 2013 Jerrold Scoutt Prize.
Click here for details.


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.

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