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January 2024 News of Note

CIR Updates

  • Pilot Launch. We are gearing up for the pilot launch of the CIR system in the area of family law (with the exception of domestic violence). We want to sincerely thank the individuals participating in the Pilot Working Group, headed by Karen Newton Cole, for their work and thought leadership in moving the pilot launch forward. 

  • January CIR Chat. Please register for our next CIR Chat on January 31, from 2:30 to 3:00 PM. After an overview of what 2024 holds for the CIR system, we will discuss improvements we have made to the Provider Directory based on community feedback. Questions and comments are encouraged! Registration is required to attend, and you can register here.


Scoutt Prize Nominations Due March 22

The Foundation administers the prestigious Jerrold Scoutt Prize, established by the firm of Zuckert, Scoutt & Rasenberger (now KMA Zuckert LLC), in honor of the public interest commitment of one of its founding partners, Jerrold Scoutt, Jr.


Given annually, the Scoutt Prize 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 in representing them.


Nominations and supporting materials for the 2024 Scoutt Prize are due to by March 22, 2024, at 5:00 PM. The 2024 Scoutt Prize will be presented during the DC Bar Foundation’s Fall Reception, tentatively planned for November 20, 2024.


A nominee must meet the following criteria:

  • He or she must be an attorney currently working full-time or who has been employed full-time for a significant portion of his or her legal career by an organization that provides direct, hands-on legal services to poor or disadvantaged persons in the District of Columbia.

  • The organization itself must be one that has received or is eligible for a grant from the District of Columbia Bar Foundation.

  • The nominee must have demonstrated a compassionate concern for his or her clients while exhibiting a high degree of skill as an attorney on their behalf.



Join the DC Bar Foundation Board of Directors

The DC Bar Foundation seeks nominations for Board members with a three-year term beginning on October 1, 2024. Preferred applicants will demonstrate a commitment to racial equity and familiarity with the DC legal aid community in their cover letter. Experience in network development, fundraising, community organizing, or research and evaluation is strongly preferred. Applicants do not need to have a Juris Doctor degree. For more information about the Foundation and its activities, please visit our website. Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to by February 15, 2024.

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March 2024 News of Note

Help Test the CIR System The Intake Network hosted an Intake Town Hall on March 19. DCBF staffers Michanda Myles (Network Project Manager) and Dina Cruz (CIR Program Manager) teamed up with Joseph Sch


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