Since the WBA was founded in 1925, it has strived for excellence in the legal community and in the judicial system. As one of the first African American bar groups in the country, the WBA is a strong advocate for its members and the minority community on matters of justice and equality.
Today, hundreds of attorneys enjoy the benefits of WBA membership. Members of the WBA are in private practice, public service, government, the judiciary, academia, in-house, and law school. The WBA’s diverse membership allows for great networking amongst members and provides members with access to numerous areas of law.
Long established as a leading organization in the DC legal community, the WBA voices its concerns on legal issues, endorses worthy candidates for judicial office, provides student scholarships, hosts social and professional development programs, organizes public service projects, and more.
Why Join the WBA?
- Participation in committees involving the court system and other legal matters affecting the city.
- Opportunity to prepare and present testimony on legal issues before various legislative bodies having jurisdiction over the District of Columbia.
- Opportunities for professional advancement through networking with the lawyers and judges in the WBA and the legal community at large.
- Awareness of career opportunities through announcements circulated through the WBA newsletter and Listservs.
- Continuing legal education through meetings and presentations on various topics by local leaders in the profession.
- Qualification vary by membership type. See our type list and corresponding dues below.