The mission of the DC Bar Foundation is to fund, support, and improve the civil legal services network of the District of Columbia. We are the leading funder of civil legal aid in the city, and we are 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 District residents each year.


Join us on June 14 for our annual Summer Associate Reception

Date: Tuesday, June 14 
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: McDermott Will & Emery LLP, 500 North Capitol Street, NW

We hope that you and your summer associates will join for a reception on the rooftop terrace of McDermott Will & Emery. There will be opportunities to enjoy complimentary snacks and drinks, and for summer associates to network, meet DC Bar Foundation leadership, and learn more about our Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council.

Please RSVP here to reserve your spot!


More than $4.5 Million Awarded to DC Civil Legal Aid Organizations

The DC Bar Foundation announced the 2016 recipients of the Access to Justice Grants Program (public grants), which awards grants to DC-based legal aid organizations that provide free legal help to low-income DC residents. A total of $4,544,000 was awarded to 33 projects, of which eight are new. Read the press release here.


Jennifer L. Berger of Legal Counsel for the Elderly to Receive Annual Scoutt Prize

The DC Bar Foundation has selected Jennifer L. Berger, Esquire, as the recipient of the 2016 Jerrold Scoutt Prize. Ms. Berger is a Supervisory Attorney at Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE).

The Scoutt prize is awarded annually to an attorney who has worked for a significant portion of his or her career at a nonprofit organization providing direct hands-on legal services to the needy in the District of Columbia, has demonstrated compassionate concern for his or her clients, and has exhibited a high degree of skill on their behalf.

The DC Bar Foundation will present the 2016 Jerrold Scoutt Prize during the DC Bar’s Judicial Reception on Thursday, April 21, 2016.