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The DC Bar Foundation administers the District’s Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts (IOLTA) Program, a program created by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals in 1985. Through this program, the Foundation receives the interest from thousands of pooled bank accounts and distributes it within the community for legal aid.


Lawyers admitted to practice in the District of Columbia are required to hold IOLTA-eligible funds in an interest-bearing trust account remitting to the DC Bar Foundation, with some limited exceptions. This revenue helps people with low incomes in the District get help with civil legal problems affecting their most basic needs, such as access to food, shelter, jobs, and safety.


To offer IOLTA accounts, a bank must be approved as a depository by the DC Court of Appeals Board on Professional Responsibility. As a part of this process, the DC Bar Foundation must approve the rate a bank intends to offer. 

DC Prime Partner banks have committed to supporting legal services in our community by offering strongly favorable rates. These financial institutions are going above and beyond to be partners in our community. Please consider them for all of your banking needs.


Have additional questions about IOLTA accounts and the DC Bar Foundation? Please see the helpful links below. 

Prime Partners and Approved Depositories 

Information for Attorneys 

Information for Banks 

Frequently Asked Questions 



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