The Washington Bar Association, Inc. (WBA) wishes everyone a Happy and Prosperous New Year! We look forward to seeing you at our various events in 2024.

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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

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

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!

WBAEF Upcoming Events

The Washington Bar Association Educational Foundation, Inc. (WBAEF) is pleased to announce the 2024 Charles Hamilton Houston (CHH) Scholarship Essay Competition

Law students currently enrolled in one of six D.C. area law schools are invited to participate in the CHH Scholarship Essay Competition. Entrants will submit an essay on the topic:

“Whether legacy admissions should be deemed unconstitutional based on the Supreme Court of the United States’ recent decision regarding affirmative action and according to the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.”

Essays must be submitted on or before the deadline of Friday, January 12, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. EST via email only. Essay submissions must be emailed in PDF Format to WBAEF Scholarship Chair, Henry, E. Floyd, Jr. at

The WBAEF is pleased to announce our “2023 End of Year Donation” to support our DC area law students.

All proceeds will go to our Charles Hamilton Houston Essay Competition scholarships!

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).

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 or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Linkedin,

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