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.

Thank You for Your Continued Support oft he WBA and WBAEF

“Legacy Is The Foundation Upon Which We Build: Moving Forward Boldly”

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 Law Day Dinner is our biggest charitable event of the year. Through sponsorships, souvenir booklet ads, ticket sales and donations, the WBA and WBAEF raise funds to help advance our respective missions.

We extend our sincere thanks to our distinguished honoree, the Honorable Valerie Jarrett, as well as our esteemed guest, program participants, event sponsors, donors, and attendees for being a part of this special occasion.

THANK YOU for your continued support of the WBA and WBAEF!

WBA Upcoming Events

Call For WBA Award Nominations

Nominations Are Now Open for the Washington Bar Association Inc.’s Class of 2024 Hall of Fame and the Joseph H. Hairston Vanguard Award


Eligible nominees for the WBA Hall of Fame must be members of the Washington Bar Association who have practiced law for at least 25 years, and made significant contributions to the cause for equal justice under law and to the profession. Nominations will only be accepted from financial members of the Washington Bar Association, Inc. who are in good standing. The complete Hall of Fame nominations criteria and procedures are available at the link below.

Eligible nominees for the Inaugural Joseph H. Hairston Vanguard Award must be WBA members who, in the spirit of Mr. Hairston, have demonstrated exemplary service on the WBA Board of Directors and in the legal profession. A copy of the Resolution to Commemorate Mr. Hairston, which established the Vanguard Award, is available at the link below.

No combined nominations will be accepted. Individual nominations must be submitted for each nominee, for each award. Nominations should not exceed a single typewritten page (note, this page limit does not apply to any required supplemental materials for Hall of Fame Submissions).

2024 WBA Awards Committee

Charlyn Stanberry, Chair
Joshuah Turner
Cristina Beckles


May 25, 2024, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, 6400 Clipper Way, Oxon Hill, MD 20745

The major Black Bar Associations in the DMV are coming together to kick-off the summer season with an epic social event that is guaranteed to be fun for all! The Washington Bar Association, Inc., the J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association (representing Black attorneys in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties), and the NoVA Black Bar Association (representing Black attorneys in Northern Virginia) will jointly host this event at the Top Golf sports and entertainment complex at National Harbor on May 25, 2024 from 1 pm to 3pm ($75 per person).

Limited tickets are available. Tickets include unlimited food, non-alcoholic drinks, and of course, high-tech golf in a private space reserved exclusively for our groups. This event promises to be an incredible opportunity for Black attorneys of all ages and backgrounds to meet their counterparts from all sides of the Potomac. This is an incredible opportunity to build friendships and establish relationships that will be beneficial both inside and outside the courtroom.

Tickets will NOT be available on the day of the event, or at the door. Space is limited, and once the WBA’s allocation of tickets are gone, they’re gone.

THIS EVENT WILL SELL OUT! So be sure to purchase your tickets ASAP once they go on sale. Non-member guests (and non lawyers) are welcome to attend.

ABA Litigation Section 2024 Conference

Join the WBA and DC LGBTQ Bar Boards for a Joint Happy Hour on Thursday, May 16, 2024

5:30PM – 7:30 PM

Eaton DC Rooftop, 1201 K St NW

2024 Annual Conference

NBA Upcoming Events

Honor and Remember the Life of Stephen J. Pollak

Friday, May 24, 2024

U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W. – Great Hall

in the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division to honor and remember the life of former Civil Rights Division Assistant Attorney General, Stephen J. Pollak.

Mr. Pollak led the Civil Rights Division in 1967 and was instrumental in enactment of such landmark legislation as the Voting Rights Act of 1965. He passed away earlier this year.

Additional Opportunities

Legal Pioneers: Success Beyond The Beaten Path

Wednesday, May 15, 2024 – 6:00pm – 7:00pm

The D.C. Bar District of Columbia Affairs Community is presenting a free program, pre-registration for this program is required. D.C. Bar membership is not required to attend. Non-members will need to create a profile to register.

This remote program will be hosted on the Zoom platform. You will receive access information from D.C. Bar Communities staff the afternoon prior to the program. The Zoom access information should not be shared with others, as registration is required.

Sponsored by: Program Committee of the D.C. Bar District of Columbia Affairs Community

Related Communities of Interest: D.C. Bar Criminal Law and Individual Rights Community; D.C. Bar Early Career Lawyers Community; D.C. Bar Law Student Community; D.C. Bar Litigation Community


  • Ronald Machen, Partner, Wilmer Hale LLP; Former U.S. Attorney, USAO-Washington, D.C.
  • Kenneth Polite, Jr., Partner, Sidley Austin LLP; Former DOJ Assistant Attorney General

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 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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