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

2023 – 2024 WBA Membership Dues!!

The Washington Bar Association, Inc. (WBA) welcomes you to the 2023-2024 bar year. Membership dues should be submitted via Member 365 platform.

You may create your WBA Member365 profile and/or pay your dues for the 2023-2024 year by clicking the appropriate membership category link below. Although the form you’ll complete is labeled as an “Application”, it should be used for new memberships, renewals, and logging into your membership profile.

  • Current Life Members should be sure to select the “EXISTING Life member” category below (WBA verification of current life memberships will be required before these profiles are accepted).
  • Current Members should sign into the platform using their login information. Please let us know whether you need assistance logging into your profile.

If you know others who may be interested in establishing or renewing membership in the WBA, please forward this email to them.

We look forward to working with you throughout the year. Questions? Please contact us at info@washingtonbar.org

WBA Upcoming Events

Save the Date!

2024 Annual Law Day Dinner

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

Make plans to join us on Saturday, May 4, 2024 at the stunning Salamander Washington DC for our Annual Law Day Dinner, hosted by the Washington Bar Association, Inc. and the Washington Bar Association Educational Foundation, Inc.

This signature black-tie event is a time-honored tradition in the Washington D.C. legal community. This year we will celebrate the legacy of Black legal excellence that is synonymous with the Washington Bar Association, Inc. Highlights of the evening will include scholarship presentations to deserving law students as well as conferral of the prestigious Charles Hamilton Houston Medallion of Merit.

Additional details will be provided soon.

The 2024 Annual Career Fair

Saturday, January 20, 2024
10:00AM – 2:00PM
Georgetown University Law Center
McDonough Hall, 600 New Jersey Ave NW,
Washington, DC 20001

  • Still looking to connect with legal employers from law firms, as well as government agencies, corporations, and members of the judiciary?
  • Did you miss any Fall Recruitment events?
  • Information about starting your career while in law school or post-law school?

Join us at the WBA and WBAEF’s 2024 Annual Career Fair on January 20, 2024 at the Georgetown University Law Center.

The 2024 Annual Career Fair seeks to provide opportunities to law students and recent law graduates to connect with employers in the legal profession. Employees may be hiring clerks, interns, and entry-level associates…and even information to jump start your application for the employer’s next recruitment cycle!

The Job Fair also includes a Career Panel Discussion and Recruitment Coaching, such as Mock Interviews and Resume Reviews. These discussion, coaching, and networking opportunities are invaluable! Register to be a part of this amazing event!

CAREER FAIR VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

We are just 2 weeks away from the WBA & WBAEF’s 2024 Career Fair. We have received significant attendee registration. This means we need more volunteers for mock interviews and resume reviews. Volunteers are needed for the following:

  • Review resumes
  • Conduct mock interview

If interested in volunteering, please select register below.

Volunteers Needed for Mock Interviews and High School Application Night!

Stuart-Hobson Middle’s School Mock Interview and High School Application Nights will be held on

  • Wednesday, January 24th from 6:00-pm – 7:30pm
  • Tuesday, January 30th from 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Middle school students (8th grade students) have over 25+ public and charter high schools in Washington, DC to which they can apply, in addition to the private school options across the DMV. Many of these schools have extensive application processes that include essay writing, interviews, auditions, etc. Students are in need of assistance to practice their interview skills. The high school interviews will be the very first interview experience for most students. Stuart-Hobson Middle School is seeking 3-5 volunteers for each event who can assist with conducting mock interviews with students and providing them with feedback to enhance their interview skills.

If you would like to volunteer, please contact Ms. Schimmerling, guidance counselor at jessica.schimmerling@k12.dc.gov (cc secretary@washingtonbar.org so that we can note the WBA’s volunteers).

Additional Opportunities

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) Applications for its 2024 Scholarships and Summer Internship Programs!

Since 1988, the CBCF have upheld their commitment to nurturing the next generation of Black leaders through academic financial support and professional development opportunities. The scholarship programs provide vital resources to deserving students, while the summer internships offer hands-on experience in the heart of policymaking on Capitol Hill.

2024 Scholarship Program

Scholarships:

  • The Ally Financial Public Policy Scholarship*
  • CBC Spouses Education Scholarship
  • CBC Spouses Essay Contest Scholarship
  • CBC Spouses Performing Arts Scholarship
  • CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship
  • HBCU National Racial Equity Initiative for Social Justice Scholarship
  • The Tracking Foundation Multi-Year Scholarship
  • The Tracking Foundation Scholars Scholarship
  • CBCF Reducing the Financial Barrier Scholarship (Need-based)

Application Deadlines:

  • Phase 1 – March 31, 2024
  • Phase 2 – April 27, 2024

Summer 2024 Internship Program

Program Options:

  • Pathways to the C-Suite Internship Program
  • Congressional Internship Program

Program Dates: May 27 – July 26, 2024

Benefits:

  1. Bi-weekly stipend
  2. Washington, D.C. housing
  3. CBC Member office placement
  4. Professional development training
  5. Exclusive networking opportunities

Application Deadline: March 29, 2024

Requirements:

  • 2.5 GPA (Congressional), 3.0 GPA (C-Suite)
  • Permanent or university residence in a CBC Member district
  • Rising college sophomore, junior, senior, or recent graduate (24 months) by program start date (Congressional)

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

D.C. Events

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Peace Walk is held annually on the federal MLK holiday. The Peace Walk is coordinated by the Coalition for Peace, a group of individuals and non-profits dedicated to peace and positivity for the Washington DC metropolitan communities.

Over a thousand ‘Peace Walkers’ join annually in the two-mile walk along MLK Ave in Southeast DC. Notable previous year attendees include Nick Cannon, Mayor Muriel Bowser, former Mayor and Current Ward 7 Councilmember Vincent Gray, radio personality Donnie Simpson, music virtuoso Blake Miles Hopkins, and the late civil rights legend Dick Gregory who spoke at the beginning and end of our 2014 Peace Walk.

Additional Events & Programs in D.C.

DC BAR Call for Nominations

The DC Board of Governors nomination process is open! They are seeking leaders to for the next D.C. Bar Board of Governors and ABA Delegates Election.

Serving on the D.C. Bar Board of Governors or as an ABA Delegate provides the unique opportunity to directly shape the future of the nation’s largest unified bar while also benefiting your own career.

As a self-governed association, the Bar depends on the commitment of dedicated and experienced leaders like you who are willing to serve and help advance our steadfast values of integrity, ethics, and legal excellence.

Key Dates and Deadlines:

• January 19: Last day to submit nominations

• March 2024: D.C. Bar Nominations Committee selects a slate of candidates

• Late Spring: Voting period begins

• June 20: New Board members sworn in at the Celebration of Leadership

NBA Upcoming Events

The National Bar Association would like to invite members to attend their International Affiliates Meeting.

Join the NBA, as they convene in the south of France and enjoy the rich culture of the French Riviera. After the 10 day excursion in Nice and Marseille (May 8-18, 2024), take part in the optional getaway to Barcelona and Ibiza (May 18-24, 2024).

Join the National Bar Association from March 7, 2024- March 10, 2024 for the 4rth Annual Mid-Year Conference and Gertrude E. Rush Awards Dinner in Houston, Texas!

This event pays homage to two of our most devoted civil rights leaders, Gertrude E. Rush and Heman Sweatt.

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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