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


May 25, 2024, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, 6400 Clipper Way, Oxon Hill, MD 20745

The major Black Bar Associations in the DMV are coming together to kick-off the summer season with an epic social event that is guaranteed to be fun for all! The Washington Bar Association, Inc., the J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association (representing Black attorneys in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties), and the NoVA Black Bar Association (representing Black attorneys in Northern Virginia) will jointly host this event at the Top Golf sports and entertainment complex at National Harbor on May 25, 2024 from 1 pm to 3pm ($75 per person).

Limited tickets are available. Tickets include unlimited food, non-alcoholic drinks, and of course, high-tech golf in a private space reserved exclusively for our groups. This event promises to be an incredible opportunity for Black attorneys of all ages and backgrounds to meet their counterparts from all sides of the Potomac. This is an incredible opportunity to build friendships and establish relationships that will be beneficial both inside and outside the courtroom.

Tickets will NOT be available on the day of the event, or at the door. Space is limited, and once the WBA’s allocation of tickets are gone, they’re gone.

THIS EVENT WILL SELL OUT! So be sure to purchase your tickets ASAP once they go on sale. Non-member guests (and non lawyers) are welcome to attend.

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.


2024 Annual Law Day Dinner

2024 Annual Conference

NBA Upcoming Events

Additional Opportunities

Honor and Remember the Life of Stephen J. Pollak

Friday, May 24, 2024

U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W. – Great Hall

in the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division to honor and remember the life of former Civil Rights Division Assistant Attorney General, Stephen J. Pollak.

Mr. Pollak led the Civil Rights Division in 1967 and was instrumental in enactment of such landmark legislation as the Voting Rights Act of 1965. He passed away earlier this year.

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

The Center for Election Science Internship Opportunity

The Center for Election Science is seeking a motivated Operations & Legal Intern for a temporary summer position to support various initiatives aimed at enhancing organizational efficiency, compliance, and employee satisfaction.

The intern will work closely with the Director of Operations to research, advise, and implement key processes and policies. This is a law-adjacent, nontraditional legal role.

Washington Council Of Lawyers Pathways to the District of Columbia Bench

The District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission (JNC) screens, selects, and recommends to the President of the United States candidates for appointment to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, and appoints the chief judges for both courts.

These judges on the D.C. Court of Appeals and Superior Court for the District of Columbia are vital to achieving success to justice for all. They resolve disputes, influence lives, and create law.

This expert panel includes:

  • The Honorable Marie C. Johns, CEO, PPC-Leftwich; Chair, JNC
  • Benjamin F. Wilson, Retired Chairman, Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.; Vice-Chair, JNC
  • Tracy B. Nutall, Executive Director, JNC

Join members of the JNC for a unique opportunity to learn about the JNC and our local judicial selection process, obtain advice on applying to become a judge in the District of Columbia, and the pitfalls to avoid during the application process.

This free program is open to all, but pre-registration is required. Spread the word, and register today!

CarpeDM – Singles’ Spades Showdown – Sunday, May 5th at 2:45pm – 7:00pm

CarpeDM is hosting a Cinco de Mayo Singles’ Spades Showdown at Penn Social on Sunday, May 5th.

Special Offer for WBA Members: 30% off Tickets using code WBAVIP

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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