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.

WBA Upcoming Events


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.

2024 Annual Conference

NBA Upcoming Events

DMV Bar Presidents’ Panel
Spotlights Black Leadership in Law

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

6:00pm. – 8:00pm
901 4th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

On May 21, the District of Columbia Bar is bringing together these three bar presidents — Charles R. Lowery Jr. of the D.C. Bar, Chidi James of the Virginia State Bar, and Jason DeLoach of the Maryland State Bar Association — for a groundbreaking conversation about leadership in law, their lived experiences navigating a profession that remains one of the least diverse in the nation, and issues and trends impacting the legal landscape.

Lowery, senior policy director for the National Housing Conference, has accumulated more than five decades of experience in public interest law and government service. He previously served as director of legislative policy and external affairs for New American Funding, where he directed the New American Dream Initiative to increase Black homeownership.

Tuesday’s conversation will also touch on diversity, authenticity, and mentorship as a Black lawyer. James, a partner at Blankingship & Keith, PC in Fairfax, Virginia, is the first African American president of the Virginia State Bar. Outside of law, James served in the Air National Guard for 25 years before retiring in 2022.

DeLoach is senior litigation attorney and vice president at Alexander & Cleaver, P.A. in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Since joining the firm in 1997, he has acquired extensive litigation experience in state and federal courts handling civil, commercial, and auto accident cases, as well as expertise in administrative proceedings and municipal law practice.

The DMV Presidents’ Panel will be hosted by Lisa Helem, executive editor at Bloomberg Industry Group where she leads editorial initiatives to engage a wider audience, including diverse and younger lawyers. Previously editor-in-chief of the National Law Journal, Helem was the first person of color to serve in that position.

The DMV Presidents’ Panel takes place on Tuesday, May 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the D.C. Bar headquarters, 901 4th Street NW, Washington, DC. Admission is free and a networking reception will follow the panel.

For media inquiries, contact Meredith Jannsen, D.C. Bar director of marketing and communications, at 202-780-2870 or mjannsen@dcbar.org.

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

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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