Congratulations Judge John P. Howard III!

On February 18, Judge John (J. P.) Howard III was sworn in as the one of
the newest associate judges on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

WBA Upcoming Events

Join The Washington Bar Association, Inc. (WBA) for

Black Women: The Backbone of the Democratic Political Process

Black women have long been at the forefront of political change in America, working for the collective good to advance the civil rights and liberties promised to all American citizens under the U.S. Constitution. Dorothy Height, Fannie Lou Hamer, Stacey Abrams, and many other Black women have organized and mobilized in their communities in ways that have garnered significant results politically. It was the Black women in battleground states whose organizing, campaigning, and showing up at the polls had the greatest influence on the outcome of the last presidential election. But despite being the backbone of American democracy, Black women have often been the most politically neglected demographic in the U.S., including by the leaders they have helped get elected.

In recognition of Women’s History Month, please join the WBA for a discussion on the political legacy of Black women in America featuring a powerhouse panel of Black women leaders and influencers in public policy.

The virtual panel will be held on March 10, 2022 at 6pm.

Zoom Info:

Meeting ID: 838 6879 2887

Passcode: 561609

In celebration of Women’s History Month, The Washington Bar Association and The Greater Washington Area Chapter, Women Lawyers Division, National Bar Association (GWAC)

Virtual High Tea with Chief Judge Anita Josey-Herring of the DC Superior Court

Saturday, March 12, 2022

3:00 p.m.

Be sure to register for this event and order your Afternoon Tea To Go Package from the Willard by 12 Noon, Wednesday, March 9.

Tea packages will be available for pick up from the Willard InterContinental Hotel (1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington DC) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday March 12.

Delivery is also available within a 15 mile radius of the Willard for an additional $30.

Tea attire is encouraged. Enjoy your meal off camera from 3:00 to 3:30 while listening to The Willard’s Spotify High Tea playlist.

Cameras on at 3:30 pm to sip tea, show your style and learn 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.


The WBA and WBAEF Annual Law Day Dinner

The WBA and WBAEF Annual Law Day Dinner is quickly approaching on Saturday, May 7, 2022. Save the date and make plans to join us in celebrating WBA and WBAEF accomplishments and recognizing our prestigious honorees and law student scholarship winners.

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,

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.

Share This Post


Every donation – no matter the amount – is extremely valuable to the Washington Bar Association. Your contribution will help the WBA support professional development and address the related needs of Black lawyers in the District of Columbia, while furthering our commitment to social justice and advocacy efforts on behalf of the Black community.