BADC Honors D.C. Bar CEO as Lawyer of the Year

December 5, 2016

Katherine Mazzaferri On December 3 the Bar Association of the District of Columbia (BADC) hosted its 145th annual Black-Tie Gala, honoring leaders whose contributions have made a significant impact on the legal profession.

Among the honorees was D.C. Bar Chief Executive Officer Katherine Mazzaferri, who was recognized as Lawyer of the Year for her many years of service to the community. Mazzaferri has led the Bar for 34 years, helping to grow the organization from 30,000 members to more than 100,000, and ensuring that the Bar continues to evolve to meet its members’ needs in a changing legal landscape.

Mazzaferri will bring her remarkable career to a close when she retires in March 2017.

During Mazzaferri’s tenure, the Bar revamped its pro bono program, now known as the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center, transforming how legal services are provided to low-income people in the District. With her at the helm, the D.C. Bar also launched a mandatory fee arbitration program, a Practice Management Advisory Service, and a Lawyer Assistance Program to help lawyers during their time of greatest need, as well as made tremendous advances in how the Bar provides CLE to lawyers in the District and around the world.

Additionally, Mazzaferri saw to it that the Bar was fiscally strong and sound so that it could be in a position to purchase land and build a permanent home for the D.C. Bar.

“The BADC is thrilled to honor her as Lawyer of the Year for her many, many contributions to the profession and the practice of law in the District of Columbia,” said Erin M. Dunston, president of the BADC.

The BADC is a voluntary bar and is the oldest bar association in Washington, D.C.