About the Bar

Who We Are

Since its creation by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals in 1972, the D.C. Bar has sought to represent the faces of those who make up the Washington metropolitan area legal scene, as well as provide the structure needed to oversee and maintain the profession’s ethical standards and Rules of Professional Conduct.

Today the D.C. Bar is the second largest unified bar association in the United States. The organization’s mission is to enhance access to justice, improve the legal system, and empower lawyers to achieve excellence.

What We Do

  • Aid the courts in carrying on and improving the administration of justice.
  • Promote access to justice by developing and implementing innovative programs and strategies to enhance the delivery of legal services to those in need.
  • Foster and maintain high ideals of integrity, learning, competence in public service, and high standards of conduct.         
  • Safeguard the professional interests of the members of the Bar.
  • Encourage and support the activities of voluntary bar associations.
  • Provide a forum for and publish information about the practice of law, the science of jurisprudence and law reform, and the relationship of the Bar to the public.
  • Carry on a high quality continuing program of legal research and education both online and on-demand.
  • Engage members and the public using Bar-facilitated technology tools and communication platforms to spur conversation among all interested parties.

The D.C. Bar’s core functions, supported by member dues, are the registration of lawyers, operation of a lawyer disciplinary system, maintenance of a Clients’ Security Fund, and other administrative operations. Many of  the important educational and public service programs carried out by the Bar are made possible by voluntary contributions, user fees, and other nondues sources of income.

Our Leadership

The D.C. Bar is governed by a Board of Governors. Brigida Benitez is currently the Bar’s 43rd president. View a list of the D.C. Bar's past presidents.