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

Mid-Year General Body Meeting & Networking Reception

Thursday, February 8, 2024
6:00 pm at
George Washington University Law School
(Faculty Conference Center – 5th Floor)
2000 H Street N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001

Please make plans to attend the Washington Bar Association’s mid-year General Body Meeting and Networking Reception. The meeting will include updates on the state of the WBA, as well as information on upcoming events and opportunities to get involved.

A Networking Reception for WBA members and law students from local law schools (American, Catholic, GW, Georgetown, Howard, and UDC) will immediately follow the General Body Meeting. Come share your experiences and insights on how to succeed in the legal profession with the next generation of lawyers.

RSVP below by February 6.

The 2024 Annual Career Fair

Saturday, February 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!

The Washington Bar Association, Inc. is partnering with the DC Bar Pro Bono Center’s Advice & Referral Clinic.

Volunteer to assist with providing free legal advice on D.C. and federal civil matters.

Saturday, February 24, 2024
Bread for the City
1700 Marion Barry Avenue SE, Washington, D.C. 20020.
10am – 12pm

The only requirement is that the lawyer be licensed and in good standing in at least 1 U.S. jurisdiction

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).

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.

Additional Opportunities

Judges Needed for the Thomas P. Moore Science Fair

Thursday, February 15
Banneker High School
1600 9th Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
8:30AM – 12:45 PM

Benjamin Banneker Academic High School, located in Washington, D.C., is a magnet school specializing in math, science, and technology. The school attracts top local students and proudly maintains an impressive 100 percent college acceptance rate.

Communities from the D.C. Bar have been proud sponsors of the Banneker Science Fair since 1996. To make the event a success, the school is seeking judges to evaluate projects anonymously on February 15, 2024.

This year the science fair will be held in-person at Banneker High School, 1600 9th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

The winners will advance to compete at city, regional, and national level science fairs. Join us in supporting local education and fostering a passion for science and technology!

For more information or to sign up as a judge, please directly contact the Communities support team at Outreach@dcbar.org.

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)

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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