On Behalf of all WBA Board Members, we would like to thank you for your membership and continued support of the WBA, its events, and programs! 

Please do reach out to any of the above WBA Board members if you have any questions regarding membership or any of our upcoming events/programs.  You can also send any questions or concerns to info@washingtonbar.org.

WBA Upcoming Events

ABA Litigation Section 2024 Conference

The ABA Litigation Section is hosting the 2024 Section Annual Conference on May 1-3. 2024 at the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC.

The 2024 Conference will present a unique opportunity to learn and network with a host of litigation practitioners, including in-house counsel, outside counsel, academics, government employees, and judges.

WBA members are eligible for a reduced registration fee of $820. On the “Order Summary” page, enter the promo code “Association” to obtain the discounted rate. Additionally, there is a discounted block of rooms at the Capital Hilton at the rate of $329/night plus applicable tax. The deadline for room reservations at the discounted rate is Tuesday, April 9, 2024. Reservations can be made here.

Save the Date!

2024 Annual Law Day Dinner

Saturday, May 4, 2024
6:30PM – 10:00PM
Salamander Washington D.C.

Please join the Washington Bar Association, Inc. (WBA) and the Washington Bar Association Educational Foundation, Inc. (WBAEF) for our signature black-tie event – the Annual Law Day Dinner – on Saturday, May 4, 2024, at the Salamander Washington D.C., located at 1330 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024, beginning at 6:30 in the evening.

The highlight of the Annual Law Day Dinner is the conferral of the highly coveted Charles Hamilton Houston Medallion of Merit – the Washington Bar Association, Inc.’s highest honor – on the prestigious honorees of the evening, who, through their life’s work, have consistently demonstrated a commitment to Houstonian principles.

Our 2024 recipients of the prestigious Charles Hamilton Houston Medallion of Merit are Valerie Jarrett, former Senior Advisor to United States President Barack H. Obama, Chief Executive Officer and Board Member of the Barack Obama Foundation, Board Chair of Civic Nation, and Co-Chair of the United States of Women, and another surprise history-making honoree. These remarkable trailblazers have distinguished careers that have exemplified stellar leadership, a firm commitment to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, and dedication to our organization’s mission of “Equal Justice Under Law.”

The 2024 Law Day Dinner promises to be an incredible evening of legal excellence that you will not want to miss. The event will begin with a VIP cocktail reception for sponsors, dignitaries, and other distinguished guests. The program and a formal dinner will follow, and the event will conclude with our much-anticipated dessert reception and live entertainment.

Sponsorships and individual tickets may be purchased at the link below or the WBA’s website (www.washingtonbar.org). If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the 2024 Law Day Dinner Chair, Henry E. Floyd, Jr., at HFloydEsq@gmail.com.

Thank you for your support of the Washington Bar Association, Inc. and the Washington Bar Association Educational Foundation, Inc. We look forward to seeing you at the Salamander on Saturday, May 4, 2024, at 6:30 p.m.

2024 Annual Conference

NBA Upcoming Events

Additional Opportunities

The Bob Marley: One Love Social Impact Scholarship for HBCU Students

HBCU students can apply to the Bob Marley: One Love Social Impact Scholarship in partnership with Paramount Pictures!

This scholarship is specifically tailored to support rising sophomore, junior, and senior students pursuing degrees in community organizing, nonprofit management, public policy, or social justice-related programs at select HBCUs.

Number of Scholarships: 10 scholarships available

Award Amount: $5,000

Eligible Academic Institutions: Bowie State University, Clark Atlanta, Dillard University, Florida A&M University, Hampton University, Morehouse College, Morgan State University, Spelman College, Texas Southern University, and Xavier University of Louisiana.

Eligibility Requirements: U.S. citizen or permanent resident, Black or African American identification, minimum 2.5 GPA, current classification as a freshman, sophomore, or junior, pursuing a degree in specified majors.

Application Deadline: April 30, 2024, by 11:59 pm ET

2024 CLEO EDGE Honors & Awards Program

Thursday, April 11th, 2024 – 6:00pm-8:30pm ET

The Annual CLEO EDGE Honors Reception & Awards Program will take place on Thursday, April 11th, 2024, at the law offices of Greenberg Traurig, 2101 L Street, NW, Suite 1000, Washington, DC, 6:00 – 8:30 pm ET.

This year’s four (4) deserving EDGE Award recipients were chosen from a wide array of nominees for their accomplishments in the profession and society. CLEO first created this special recognition in 2018 to promote its focus on the aforementioned three “pillars,” which are the foundation of the organization’s mission and purpose.

In addition to the three individual EDGE awards, one prominent individual will receive the fourth CLEO EDGE Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. Heritage Award.  This distinguished award is bestowed annually to a person, or persons, who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in all three pillar areas in the legal profession or society.

“The four recipients of this year’s CLEO EDGE Awards each truly exemplify what diversity, equity, and inclusion are all about,” said Juan Carlos “J.C.” Polanco, Esq., MBA, Chief Executive Officer of CLEO. “These invaluable characteristics are important to CLEO, the legal profession, and our nation as a whole. We believe these leaders appreciate and value diversity in all its forms!”

The 2024 CLEO EDGE Honors recipients (alphabetized by last name):

  • Neal Katyal, Esq. (Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. Heritage Award– Partner, Hogan Lovells, Paul Saunders Professor at Georgetown University, and Former Acting Solicitor General of the United States
  • Bryan Parker, Esq. (Greater Equality Award) – Co-founder and CEO, Legal Innovators
  • Rick Petry, Esq. (Education Award) – Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Mitchell Hamline School of Law
  • Hon. Phyllis D. Thompson (Diversity Award) – Senior Judge, District of Columbia Court of Appeals

To view more details about our Honorees and to RSVP visit: https://cleoinc.org/edgeawards

For more information about the reception, or for sponsorship opportunities, contact Leigh R. Allen, II, Chief Operating Officer at (240) 862-8380 or lallen@cleoinc.org.

MABLSA Mentorship Program-Mentor

Under the leadership of  MABLSA Director of Alumni Affairs, Tyheem Parrott, they have created a mentorship program and would love for WBA members to serve as mentors.

Please fill out the form below and they will be in contact soon with a mentee to contact via your preference (phone call, email, zoom, in person.)

For more information, please email: mablsa.alumni@nblsa.org.

John Payton Leadership Academy – Spring 2024

Unlock your leadership potential through the John Payton Leadership Academy Spring 2024—an exclusive opportunity for D.C. Bar members to enhance skills and leave a lasting impact in the legal community. The immersive experience covers essential leadership skills, from self-awareness to effective team building and navigating change. Imagine applying these skills in your professional and community engagements.

Designed for any D.C. Bar member keen on elevating their leadership skills—whether a new associate or a seasoned attorney. The 2024 class is limited to 24 participants, ensuring diverse representation in backgrounds, practice settings, and areas.

Don’t miss this chance to refine your leadership skills and join a community of dynamic leaders shaping the future of the legal profession.

DC Refers

DC Refers was created to increase access to justice for people of modest means in the District of Columbia. Many people in the District of Columbia earn too much to qualify for free legal services from pro bono lawyers or nonprofit legal aid providers, but do not earn enough to afford the rates that most lawyers charge for their services. People whose income falls between 200-400% of the federal poverty guidelines often have limited or no option to obtain legal assistance. We seek to fill that justice gap.

DC Refers invites lawyers with at least two years of experience in their practice area to apply to join our online directory of reduced fee lawyers. Attorneys who join our directory are not required to accept any particular client referral. But if they do accept a client who qualifies for a reduced rate, the lawyer may not charge the client more than $150 per hour. Of course, clients who do not qualify for a reduced rate may be charged the attorney’s normal rate.

If you know someone who would benefit from our services, please share our fliers in English or Spanish.

To learn more about DC Refers or join our directory visit our website https://dcrefers.org/ or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Linkedin,

Thank you to our sponsors!

The Washington Bar Association, Inc. (WBA) extends its appreciation and heartfelt THANK YOU to the following sponsors:

Webster & Frederickson, PLLC

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