Founded in 1925, the Washington Bar Association, Inc. (WBA) is the oldest and largest voluntary bar association comprised primarily of Black attorneys and judges in metropolitan Washington, DC. Since its founding nearly 100 years ago, the WBA has been dedicated to the pursuit of making America’s promise of equal justice under law a reality for all in the District of Columbia and beyond.
Today, the WBA accomplishes its mission through legal and legislative advocacy, judicial evaluation, community outreach and education, and a variety of pipeline programs for local youth. The WBA also hosts networking events, speaker series, and other professional development and legal education programs.
The WBA’s membership base and expanded network include more than a thousand diverse legal professionals in the Washington DC metropolitan area who work in organizations across the full legal industry spectrum. Members of the WBA practice in private firms, the federal, District and local governments, the judiciary, academia, in corporate law departments, and attend local law schools. The WBA’s diverse membership allows for excellent networking opportunities and relationship building to enhance our members’ legal careers.