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THE DC BAR FOUNDATION

A message about COVID-19:

The DC Bar Foundation is committed to ensuring the safety of its employees and partners throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, our employees have been encouraged to telework until further notice to minimize potential spread of the virus.

Our physical office at 80 M Street, SE is now closed to visitors. The DC Bar Foundation will continue to check our postal mail and process contributions, and we fully expect to continue business as usual — even as our staff are teleworking.

We are closely monitoring national and local developments and will continue to provide updates on our events. The President’s Reception, initially scheduled for May 12, will now take place in the Fall. We expect to have an update on Lip Sync for Justice (currently planned for June 4) – in the next several weeks. Further announcements will be posted on this page and on our social media platforms.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at 202-467-3750.

We encourage you to stay safe.


The DC Bar Foundation is 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 people living in poverty and in vulnerable situations, or who are otherwise under served in the District of Columbia.

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  • The DC Bar Foundation Urges Mayor Bowser and the DC Council to Fully Fund Legal Aid as part of the District’s COVID-19 Recovery

    [District of Columbia, May6, 2020] –The DC Bar Foundation is urging Mayor Bowser and the DC Council to approve the DC Access to Justice Commission’s FY21 budget request of $19 million as part of the District’s COVID-19 Recovery efforts. “Legal aid services have become essential during COVID-19, and will be needed even more while the […]

  • BETH MELLEN HARRISON OF LEGAL AID SOCIETY OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA TO RECEIVE 2020 SCOUTT PRIZE

    [District of Columbia, May 5, 2020] – The District of Columbia Bar Foundation has selected Beth Mellen Harrison as the recipient of the 2020 Jerrold Scoutt Prize. Ms. Harrison is one of three supervising attorneys in the Housing Law Unit at Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, and also serves as Director for […]

  • Accepting Applications: COVID-19 Response Grants

    The DC Bar Foundation is proud to continue to support our grantees in their unwavering commitment to providing legal aid to our shared community, especially during these unprecedented times.  In support of high-priority and emergent civil legal aid needs of DC residents more profoundly impacted by the pandemic, DCBF has committed a minimum of $100,000 […]

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    Call to Action for Your DC Neighbors Each year through our Call to Action initiative, local law firms and businesses generously fund legal aid for District residents in need. This year, to meet the needs of our community’s residents with low income, we’re asking 110 firms and corporations to step forward in raising $665,000. Already, […]

  • DC BAR FOUNDATION LAUNCHES NEW INITIATIVE: NEIGHBORS DESIGNING JUSTICE

    [District of Columbia, March 3, 2020] – Launching in March, Neighbors Designing Justice will bring together community members and providers along with the DC Bar Foundation (DCBF) grantees in Anacostia, a predominantly African American and low-income Ward 8 neighborhood that is facing intense displacement.  In January, the DC Bar Foundation awarded more than 25% of its $10.5M in civil […]

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