Bar Seeks Candidates for Various Committee and Board Vacancies

July 14, 2016

The D.C. Bar Board of Governors is seeking candidates for appointment in the fall to the following standing committees: Continuing Legal Education, Election Board, Lawyer Assistance, Leadership Development, Practice Management Service, Regulations/Rules/Board Procedures, Rules of Professional Conduct Review, and Technology. (Nonlawyer candidates are encouraged to apply for appointment to the following committees: Lawyer Assistance, Practice Management Service, and Technology.)

The Board of Governors also is seeking candidates for appointment in the fall to the Pro Bono Committee and Nonprofit/Small Business Legal Assistance Subcommittee of the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center. (Nonlawyer candidates are encouraged to apply for appointment to the Nonprofit/Small Business Legal Assistance Subcommittee. Candidates should have experience as a senior executive of a nonprofit organization that provides substantial services to low-income residents in the District of Columbia.)

The deadline to apply for any of the above vacancies is September 2.

Additionally, the Bar is seeking candidates to fill vacancies on the Clients' Security Fund, the board of the Neighborhood Legal Services Program (NLSP), and the Committee on Nominations. The deadline to apply for these vacancies is September 19.

Clients' Security Fund: The Bar is accepting applications from candidates interested in serving as a trustee on the Clients' Security Fund. The Fund is comprised of five volunteer trustees. Candidates are reviewed by the current trustees and the Bar's Screening Committee and Board of Governors. Each trustee is appointed by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals to serve a term of one to five years. A trustee may not be reappointed without a break in service of at least one year between terms. Candidates must be a member of the D.C. Bar. The trustees generally meet 10 times a year to review pending claims, discuss Fund policies and procedures, review the financial operations and condition of the Fund, and discuss methods to improve the claim process. 

NLSP: The Board of Governors is accepting applications from D.C. Bar members who are interested in serving on the NLSP board of directors. Candidates must be licensed attorneys who are supportive of the Legal Services Corporation Act and have an interest in, and knowledge of, the delivery of quality legal services to the poor.

Committee on Nominations: The Bar is accepting applications for the seven-member Committee on Nominations. This body is appointed each year in accordance with the Bar's bylaws and is responsible for nominating candidates for officer and member positions on the Board of Governors as well as delegates to the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association. Any active Bar member who is not a Board of Governors officer or member and who has not served on the Committee on Nominations during the past three years is eligible to apply.

To apply for any of these openings, please submit a résumé and cover letter stating the committee(s) or board on which you would like to serve and a description of relevant work or volunteer experience. Applications that do not include the requisite cover letter with a description of relevant experience will not be considered. Leadership experience with other D.C. Bar committees, voluntary bar associations, or the Bar's sections is highly desirable. Descriptions of the committees can be found online.

Submit materials by e-mail to or by mail to D.C. Bar Executive Office, 1101 K Street NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20005-4210.