The DC Bar Foundation is the largest single private funder of civil legal services for the District’s poor. DCBF runs grant programs, the DC Legal Services Grants, and the publicly-funded Access to Justice Grants. The Foundation supports the legal services network through a Poverty Lawyer Loan Repayment Assistance Program

DCBF also administers the Jerrold Scoutt Prize which annually recognizes a full-time legal services lawyer who has demonstrated a career-long compassionate concern for his or her clients while exhibiting a high degree of skill representing them. The award was established, and is supported by, the law firm of Zuckert Scoutt & Rasenberger.

Information for Legal Services Organizations

If you are looking for funds to support your legal services work, review the grant program information. Questions? Read the Grant Frequently Asked Questions.

If your lawyers do free legal work for low-income DC residents, they may qualify for loan repayment assistance. Your organization first needs to be certified as an LRAP eligible employers. Review the LRAP Employer Information for information.

Information for Individuals

If you are looking for information on loan repayment, review the LRAP info. Questions? Read the LRAP Lawyer FAQs.

Remember: you can only qualify for an LRAP if your employer is a LRAP eligible employer. Read the LRAP Employer Information to find out more.