The DC Bar Foundation is the leading private funder of civil legal aid in the District of Columbia. The Foundation is 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 DC residents each year.

Job Announcement: Office Manager/Bookkeeper

We are actively seeking an Office Manager/Bookkeeper to provide a full range of administrative, bookkeeping, and financial duties to support DCBF, including the Interest on Lawyers Trust Account (IOLTA) program, and its staff. Learn more about the position and how to apply here. Interviews will begin the week of August 11.

2014 Legal Services Grants and Midyear DC LRAP Awards Announced

The DC Bar Foundation has awarded $600,000 to 20 DC-based civil legal services providers that serve low-income, underrepresented DC residents. Read more here.

We are also happy to announce that nine DC-based attorneys, working for eligible legal services providers, have received midyear DC LRAP awards to assist them with their monthly law school loan payments. Read more here.

James D. Bishop Receives 2014 Scoutt Prize

The DC Bar Foundation presented James D. Bishop, Director of the Catholic Charities Legal Network of the Archdiocese of Washington, with the 2014 Jerrold Scoutt Prize at the 2014 DC Bar Reception Honoring the Judiciary in the Rotunda of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

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DC Bar Foundation Board President Marc L. Fleischaker Recipient of Council for Court Excellence Award 

Marc L. Fleiscaker, DC Bar Foundation Board President, was presented the Justice Potter Stewart Award by the Council for Court Excellence at its 18th Annual Justice Potter Stewart Award Dinner, held on Thursday, May 8, 2014.

Read more here.

On Thursday, May 8, 2014, Kirra L. Jarratt, Executive Director of the DC Bar Foundation, presented testimony before Chairman Tommy Wells and members of the Council of the District of Columbia Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary. The testimony supported Mayor Gray’s Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Request for $4.278 million appropriated to the Access to Justice Initiative.

Read the press release here.

Read Jarratt's full written testimony with an overview of the FY14 Access to Justice Grants here.

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 to apply is Friday, May 2, 2014. Awards will be made in July 2014. Read more here.

altDC 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.

altBoard 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.




altYoung 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.

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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