WBA’s Statement In Support of
the Hon. Ketanji Brown Jackson

The WBA submitted the attached statement to the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary in support of the Hon. Ketanji Brown Jackson, Nominee for Associate Justice, United States Supreme Court.

A copy of the statement can be found at the link below.

WBAEF 2022 Charles Hamilton Houston Scholarship Winners

The Washington Bar Association, Inc. and the Washington Bar Association Educational Foundation, Inc. congratulate our 2022 Charles Hamilton Houston Essay Competition Scholarship Winners!

Competitors submitted essays on the following topic: “Can the federal government require all students attending schools and universities that receive federal funding to be vaccinated against COVID-19 if age-appropriate vaccines are available?”

First Place ($5,000.00 Scholarship):
Odunayo Durojaye
Georgetown University Law Center

Second Place ($3,500.00 Scholarship):
Dionne R. Dillard
University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law

Third Place ($2,000.00 Scholarship):
Tonya Harris
University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law

Recap of WBA Events

WBA Health & Wellness Committee’s Pop-up Event:
Bonfire & Hot Chocolate

Thank you for your attending the WBA Health & Wellness Committee’s Pop-up Event: Bonfire & Hot Chocolate event at the Ivy City Smokehouse where we connected and reevaluated our intentions for the year.

WBA’s Black Women: The Backbone of the Democratic Political Process Virtual Panel

Thank you for your support at the WBA’s Black Women: The Backbone of the Democratic Political Process Virtual Panel which was hosted in recognition of Women’s History Month. The Panel provided a diverse discussion on the political legacy of Black women in America featuring a powerhouse panel of Black women leaders and influencers in public policy.

Virtual High Tea with Chief Judge Anita Josey-Herring of D.C. Superior Court

Thank you for your attending the Virtual High Tea with Chief Judge Anita Josey-Herring of D.C. Superior Court where we learned more about Chief Judge Josey-Herring’s career path, time on the bench, responsibilities as a Chief Judge, best practices when appearing in Superior Court, and her plans for the future of the Court.

WBA Upcoming Events

The Washington Bar Association, Inc. and the Women’s Bar Association of DC are co-hosting a Virtual Panel

Celebrating Representation: The First Black Woman on the U.S. Supreme Court

on Monday, March 28, 2022 (6:00 – 7:30 pm)

Our esteemed panel will discuss the importance of diversity on the bench and the potential impact of the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the United States Supreme Court.

Moderator: Bridget Bailey Lipscomb, WBA President

The WBA is pleased to join the Washington Council of Lawyers as a Co-Sponsor for

A Candidate Forum – Attorney General Democratic Primary

This event is free to all, but registration, masks, and proof of vaccination are required to attend. Livestream information will be provided prior to the forum. Registration information can be found below.

Join us to hear how candidates for D.C. Attorney General will address access to justice and other major issues if elected to serve the District. All candidates on the June 21 primary ballot have confirmed attendance.

Our conversation with the candidates will be moderated by Colby King, Columnist for the Washington Post and the Deputy Editor of the Post’s editorial page, and Shelley Broderick, Dean Emerita and Joseph L. Rauh, Jr. Chair of Social Justice at UDC David A. Clarke School of Law.

All attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions when they register. You can also tweet questions and comments before or during the forum using the hashtag #DCAGForum22.

Other co-sponsoring organizations include GWAC; the ACLU of DC; Council for Court Excellence; DC Access to Justice Commission; and the DC Bar DC Affairs Community, just to name a few.


The WBA and WBAEF Annual Law Day Dinner

The WBA is truly thankful for the support of our generous members, friends and sponsors who have made the sell-out of the 2022 Law Day Dinner possible.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the Conrad on May 7, 2022. It’s not too late to advertise to the approximately 300 individuals who will attend the 2022 Law Day Dinner!

Click the button for details on how to purchase an ad for placement in the 2022 Law Day program booklet.

You can still show your support by making a Friend of the WBA” donation that will help the WBA and WBA Educational Foundation.

raise additional funds for law student scholarships and mission-oriented programming.

All “Friend of the WBA” donors will be recognized in the 2022 Law Day program booklet.

NBA Upcoming Events

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,

Job and Mentorship Opportunities

The Washington Bar Association, Inc. (WBA) is pleased to share the following opportunities, and we encourage you to share this information with others who may be interested.

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