Your New 2024-2025 Washington Bar Association Board of Directors are as follows:

  • President: Joshuah R. Turner, Esq.
  • President-Elect – Cristina A. Beckles, Esq.
  • Vice President – Edward A. Fultz, Esq.
  • Treasurer – Daniel Joseph, Esq.
  • Secretary – Tyler Nolley, Esq.
  • Judicial Council Division Chair – Hon. Tannisha Bell
  • Young Lawyers Division Chair – Jasmine Colquitt, Esq.
  • Law Students Division Chair – J. Jakeem Lambert
  • Board Member – Antoinette Barksdale, Esq.
  • Board Member – C. Hope Brown Johnson, Esq.
  • Board Member – Renee Mims, Esq.
  • Board Member – Robin Nunn, Esq.
  • Board Member – Quiana-Joy Ochiagha, Esq.
  • Board Member – Ryan K. Willis, Esq.
  • Past President – LieAnn T. Van-Tull, Esq.
  • Past President – Dionna M. Lewis, Esq.
  • Past President – Kendra Perkins Norwood, Esq.
  • Past President – James Anthony Towns, Esq.
  • Past President – Henry E. Floyd, Jr., Esq.

On Behalf of our newly installed WBA Executive 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

WBA Annual Meeting and Conference

Since its founding in 1925, the WBA has been dedicated to the pursuit of making America’s promise of equal justice under law a reality for all in the District of Columbia and beyond. The history of WBA is one that is rich, one that is marked by its refusal to be silent in the face of adversity, and one that has elected strong men and women to lead the membership.

The Annual Meeting and Conference was a great success! Congratulations to our newly installed Executive Board members and welcome back to those of you returning to the Executive Board!

A special thanks to Dean Roger A. Fairfax, Jr. for being our Seventh Annual Dr. J. Clay Smith Memorial Equal Justice Lecturer!

Congratulations again to our Second Annual Dr. J. Clay Smith Memorial Equal Justice Scholar’s Award Recipient, Hannah Bruns!

Congratulations again to our 2024 Hall of Fame Recipients!

  • The Honorable Errol R. Arthur
  • The Honorable Sherri Beatty Arthur
  • James Anthony (“Tony”) Towns

The WBA would like to extend a special thank you to immediate Past President Van-Tull, and Past Presidents Robert Bell, Felicia Chambers, Ronald Jessamy, and Henry Floyd, Jr. for ending a successful bar year with a phenomenal end-of-year event.

We are gearing up for what is promised to be an amazing 2024-2025 CENTENNIAL Bar Year ahead.

Thank You for Your Continued Support of the WBA!

WBA Upcoming Events

“Meet the Next Chief Judge!”
A Superior Court Candidate Forum

Thursday, June 13, 2024

University of the District of Columbia Student Ballroom
4200 Connecticut Ave.
Washington, D.C. 20008

The WBA and the Council for Court Excellence will be co-sponsoring a Superior Court Candidate Forum at the University of the District of Columbia Student Center Ballroom (4200 Connecticut Ave., Washington D.C. 20008) hosted by the Council for Court Excellence.

The welcome reception will be from 5:15-6:00pm, and the candidate forum will be from 6:00-7:30pm.

At this forum, interested members of the public will hear from the judges who have applied to become the next Chief of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia

NBA Upcoming Events

Additional Opportunities

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.

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,

Thank you to our sponsors!

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

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