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.

Now Accepting Midyear DC LRAP Applications

The DC Bar Foundation is currently accepting midyear applications for its DC Loan Repayment Assistance Program (DC LRAP) from attorneys who will be DC residents and employed by an eligible employer as of July 1, 2015. The funding period is July 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015, and the application is due by 3:00 pm on Monday, May 4. Read more here.

DCBF Awards $3,865,000 to Fund Civil Legal Services for the Poor

The DC Bar Foundation announced the FY15 recipients of the Access to Justice (ATJ) Grant Program, which awards grants to nonprofit legal services organizations that provide direct civil legal services to low-income DC residents. A total of $3,865,000 was awarded to 24 projects, of which five are new projects. Read more here.

Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council Calls for Applications

The Young Lawyers Network (YLN) Leadership Council offers younger lawyers an opportunity to further the goal of access to justice in our community by working with the Bar Foundation. The Bar Foundation will add several new members for a two-year term expiring June 30, 2017. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on May 1, 2015. Read more about YLN Leadership Council guidelines and how to apply on this press release, by downloading the 2015 YLN Leadership Council Application Package, and visiting the YLN Leadership Council webpage.

Kathryn M. Doan of CAIR Coalition to Receive Scoutt Prize

The DC Bar Foundation has selected Kathryn M. Doan, Executive Director of the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition, as the recipient of the 2015 Jerrold Scoutt Prize. The 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. DCBF will present the 2015 Jerrold Scoutt Prize during the DC Bar’s Judicial Reception on Friday, April 17, 2015. Read more here.

Over $319,000 Awarded to 69 Civil Legal Services Lawyers

The DC Bar Foundation (DCBF) announced the recipients of its two loan repayment assistance programs (LRAP) for FY15. More than $319,000 was awarded to 69 civil legal services lawyers, who provide direct civil legal services to low-income, underserved DC residents. Read more here.

DC Prime Partner Bank Program

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