The District of Columbia Bar, created by the D.C. Court of Appeals
in 1972, is among the largest unified bars in the United States. The
precipitating force for the D.C. Bar’s creation was the legal
commuity’s desire to have a single organization that could uphold
the ethical standards and rules of professional conduct.
Our Core Purpose:
To enhance access to justice, improve the legal system, and empower
lawyers to achieve excellence.
Our Core Organizational Values:
Our Goal Areas:
• Access to Justice: D.C. Bar maintains leadership in
developing and implementing innovative programs and strategies to enhance
the delivery of legal services.
• Positioning of the D.C. Bar: D.C. Bar is known for its
national and distinguished membership, depth and breadth of its offerings,
and commitment to public service.
• Professional Integrity and Conduct: The D.C. Bar offers
programs and services that enhance professional integrity and conduct.
• Technological Engagement and Communications: The D.C.
Bar and its members regularly engage through multiple channels and members
are actively communicating with one another through Bar-facilitated
• Educational Programs and Resources: The D.C. Bar provides
high quality educational programs and resources online and on-demand.
• D.C. Bar Sections: The D.C. Bar’s sections are
recognized as an integral part of the Bar, providing substantial value
to members through professional development and career enhancement activities,
and are viewed as a national model of excellence.
• Financial Stability: The D.C. Bar has the ability to
fund new initiatives articulated in the strategic plan.
D.C. Bar Strategic Plan
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