Every DC resident should have access to the legal assistance necessary to improve their lives, protect their families, and strengthen their communities. Since 1977, the DC Bar Foundation has awarded civil legal aid grants totaling more than $80 million to ensure equal access to legal protection, regardless of income or circumstance. Our strategic investments go directly into the community to make a tangible difference in people’s lives.

Keeping Families in Their Homes

While equal justice under the law is a fundamental American value, all too often that value is unfulfilled. Most DC residents who are low-income and facing housing- related legal issues are at a clear disadvantage, when having to navigate a complicated court system alone.

Protecting People in the Marketplace

Assuring fairness for all in the justice system, regardless of income or circumstance, is central to our democracy. Often during their most challenging times, DC residents living in poverty are denied their rights as employees, consumers and patients due to power imbalances and various bureaucracies in the legal system.

Amplifying Voices of Those in Need

The bedrock principle of our founding fathers — justice for all, not just for those who can afford it — is especially critical for DC’s most vulnerable residents.  For children, the elderly, immigrants facing life-changing situations, navigating the justice system alone can be an insurmountable challenge.