We are committed to the vision that residents of the District have equal access to justice, regardless of income. Our mission is to fund, support, and improve legal representation of low-income District residents through grants to civil legal aid providers, training and technical assistance for legal aid organizations and their attorneys, and loan repayment assistance for legal aid attorneys.



  • DC Bar Foundation Seeks Nominations for the District of Columbia’s Access to Justice Commission

    [District of Columbia, December 6, 2019] – The District of Columbia Bar Foundation seeks nominations for individuals to serve on the DC Access to Justice Commission for a three-year appointment starting in March 2020. Nominations are due by 5:00 PM on Friday, January 3, 2020. Background The DC Access to Justice Commission was established in […]

  • Over $10.5 Million Awarded for Free Legal Assistance in DC

    [District of Columbia, November 26, 2019] – The DC Bar Foundation, in a record year for grantmaking, awarded over $10.5 million to 33 DC legal aid organizations providing free legal assistance to thousands of low-income DC residents. “We are proud to support underserved residents in the District by funding legal projects that help to address their needs” says […]

  • Partner Profile: Ashley James

    Each month we highlight an individual working to make the justice system more accessible to DC residents. This month features Ashley James, Associate General Counsel, Labor & Employment at Facebook, member of the Foundation’s Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council, and Co-Chair of the 2020 Lip Sync for Justice event. Job/Position Associate General Counsel, Labor & […]

  • Remembering Donald R. Dunner, Friend of the DC Bar Foundation

    Last month, Washington DC’s legal community lost a legend. Donald R. Dunner, partner at Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP, passed away at age 88. In addition to his storied and successful career as a renowned patent attorney, Don was a lifelong friend and advisor to the DC Bar Foundation. He served on the […]

  • The DC Bar Foundation Selects Six New Members to Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council

    [District of Columbia, October 24, 2019] – The District of Columbia Bar Foundation has selected six new members to its Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council (YLN LC), led by Co-Chairs Meryl Grenadier and Courtney Lindsay. The YLN LC offers younger attorneys an opportunity to further the goal of access to justice in our community by working […]

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