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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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    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, […]


    [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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    We Are Hiring: Grants Manager Looking for rewarding work promoting equal access to justice in the District? Or know a great candidate who is? The DC Bar Foundation is hiring a Grants Manager to join our hardworking team. See details here. Call to Action for Your DC Neighbors Each year through our Call to Action initiative, local law firms and […]

  • New Year, New Momentum for Access to Justice

    Happy New Year! I know you will be as inspired as I am by what is ahead. In 2020, with your support, we will continue our efforts to expand equal access to justice for our DC neighbors in greatest need. Two standouts exemplify our momentum together headed into a new year and new decade: In a record […]

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    Have Fun + Fund Legal Aid = Go Casual for Justice (Deadline Extended!) Looking for a FUN way to make legal aid accessible to all District residents in need, while bringing your team together? We are extending Go Casual for Justice until February 15, 2020 so that even more workplaces have the opportunity to dress […]

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