The WBA is a resource for the legal community and a voice for its many members. Since 1925, the WBA has dedicated its efforts to advance jurisprudence; enhance minorities in society and the judicial system; and protect an under-represented class of minorities.
The WBA welcomes support from individuals and corporations that believe in the work engaged in by the association. It is with the support of its donors that the WBA is able to continue growing its reach and successfully impacting the legal community.
The WBA is a not-for-profit organization under internal revenue code 501(c)(3) and donations are tax deductible to the amount allowable by law. Also, donations may be made in name or anonymous.
For more information on how to make a donation please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2022 WBA Commemorative Calendar
The Washington Bar Association (WBA) is pleased to announce the release of a limited edition 2022 WBA Commemorative Calendar. The first of its kind, this keepsake calendar showcases the iconic names and faces that have contributed to the WBA’s rich 96-year history, and embodies the bar year theme of “Embracing a Legacy of Black Legal Excellence.”
The 12 monthly calendar pages are dedicated to the esteemed founders, historic honorees, distinguished judges, trailblazing women leaders, preeminent legal scholars, and contemporary legal warriors who are all part of the WBA’s heritage. It also highlights significant dates in the WBA’s history, as well as key milestones in the continued pursuit of equal justice under law.
This collector’s item is available for a limited time only for a donation of $20 per calendar, which includes shipping and handling. Be sure to get extras for your friends, family members, and colleagues.
Don’t delay—order your 2022 WBA Commemorative Calendars today! A portion of the funds donated will be used to support the WBA Educational Foundation.
Annual Law Day Dinner –
Friend of the WBA
2022 Law Day Dinner
Since 1930, the WBA has hosted an annual Law Day Dinner, which has become a premier event among influential members of the DC legal, policy, and business communities. The highlight of the event is the conferral of the WBA’s highest award, the Charles Hamilton Houston Medallion of Merit. The namesake of the Medallion of Merit, Charles Hamilton Houston, was a WBA founder and civil rights legend whose legal brilliance helped dismantle Jim Crow segregation in the United States. Houston was the architect of the legal strategy that ultimately dismantled the “separate but equal” doctrine through the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision.
For the past 25 years, the WBA has bestowed the Charles Hamilton Houston Medallion of Merit on deserving individuals who have embodied Houstonian principles through leadership and service. Previous honorees have included the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Justice Thurgood Marshall, Dr. Dorothy I. Height, Congressman John R. Lewis, Charles J. Ogletree, Jr:, Marian Wright Edelman, the Honorable Eric H. Holder, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, the Honorable Loretta E. Lynch, Diane Nash, and many other others committed to the pursuit of a just society.
The 2022 Law Day Dinner will take place on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at the Conrad Hotel. Please consider making a Friend of the WBA donation to support the return of our time-honored Annual Law Day tradition after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Equal Justice Donations
Your WBA Equal Justice donation is critical to helping the WBA continue its dedicated pursuit of equal justice under law through legal and legislative advocacy, judicial evaluation, community outreach and education, and a variety of pipeline programs for local youth.
Your contribution will be used to support the WBA’s programming, including speaker series that advance issues of social and racial justice, the provision of pro bono legal services in the local community, professional development and continuing legal education programs, and mentoring programs for local law students. Additionally, the WBA dedicates significant time and financial resources to support legal diversity pipeline programs. Most notably, the WBA’s Honor Court program focuses on exposing students from underserved communities in D.C. to positive experiences with the law through meaningful interactions with judges, attorneys, law students and a variety of legal professionals intended to help build confidence and self-esteem.
Please consider supporting the WBA through an Equal Justice donation of any amount.
Educational Foundation Donation
Educational Foundation Donations
The WBA Educational Foundation (WBAEF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization affiliated with the WBA that supports it mission by partnering with local corporations, law firms, and legal service providers to raise funds for several scholarships awarded annually to deserving students attending local law schools. The two most distinguished WBAEF scholarship programs are the Charles Hamilton Houston Scholarship and the Judge Eugene Hamilton Scholarship, which are both presented at our Annual Law Day Dinner. The Dr. J. Clay Smith Memorial Equal Justice Scholar’s Award is presented each year during the WBA’s Annual Conference.
Please consider supporting the WBAEF through a tax-deductible donation of any amount.
Ways to Give
Make a One-Time Donation
Make a One-Time Donation to the WBA at any time during the year by contacting us.
Become a Monthly Donor
Schedule a monthly donation to the WBA by contacting us to arrange a monthly payment option.
Become an Annual Donor
If you believe in the mission of the WBA and will continue to support the association in its efforts to help support the legal community then you should help by contacting us to arrange a yearly payment option.
Donate during your lifetime or through your will. Securities, Trusts, Real Estate, Retirement Plans, and Life Insurance are a few of the assets that offer attractive options for many donors. The tax benefits may depend on the vehicle used.
A Gift in your Will
May be done simply by including a few sentences in your will. This charitable bequest is flexible to the donor because it can be changed at any time during the donors lifetime. It can also be structured in any way, with any amount, deemed appropriate by the donor.
Just include these sentences in your will or trust: “I, [name], of [city, state, ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to [specify Washington Bar Association or specify Washington Bar Association Educational Foundation], [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose.”