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Bar Programs

Attorney/Client Arbitration Board
The Attorney/Client Arbitration Board provides a confidential arbitration service for deciding fee disputes between members of the D.C. Bar and their clients or former clients.

Basic Training & Beyond
The program is for lawyers who want to know about the methods and skills necessary for starting and growing a solo or small firm and who want to participate actively in the learning experience. This interactive program consists of two full–day sessions.

Clients’ Security Fund
The Clients’ Security Fund helps to protect the integrity of the legal profession by reimbursing clients up to a limit of $75,000 for losses caused by the dishonest conduct of members of the D.C. Bar.

Continuing Legal Education
The D.C. Bar Continuing Legal Education Program offers a wide variety of comprehensive, accredited courses at reasonable cost to help attorneys meet their CLE requirements for MCLE states and improve their knowledge and skills in substantive law, practice, and procedure; and legal ethics. Courses meet mandatory/minimum legal continuing legal education requirements for all MCLE states, including Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Lawyer Assistance Program
The Lawyer Assistance Program provides confidential assistance and referral to lawyers who experience problems that interfere with their personal lives of their ability to serve as counsel of officers of the court.

Lawyer Discipline
Ensuring that all members of the profession adhere to the D.C. Rules of Professional Conduct is the Board on Professional Responsibility (BPR) of the D.C. Court of Appeals. Bar members who engage in conduct contrary to those rules are subject to investigation and prosecution by the Office of Bar Counsel, which presents its findings to the BPR and, in certain instances, to the full D.C. Court of Appeals, thereby maintaining the integrity of the legal profession.

Pro Bono Center
The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center provides volunteer opportunities for D.C. Bar member to provide critical legal assistance to the low–income community in the District of Columbia. The Pro Bono Center offers the Advice and Referral Clinic, Immigration Legal Advice and Referral Clinic, Advocacy & Justice Clinic, Bankruptcy Clinic, Nonprofit and Small Business Legal Assistance Programs, Legal Information Help Line, and three pro se assistance resource centers at the D.C. Superior Court. In addition the Pro Bono Center offers an online resource for pro bono volunteers (probono.net/dc) and one for the public (LawHelp.org/DC).

Sections
The 20 sections of the D.C. Bar offer a wide selection of professional development and community outreach activities, with more than 200 events and publications produced annually. For the seasoned practitioner or the new attorney, sections provide myriad opportunities to advance professionally and to network with colleagues.

Legal Ethics Advice
The Legal Ethics Program helps members answer ethical questions that arise in their practices every day. Legal ethics counsel are available to provide informal guidance to telephone inquiries on ethical issues. When appropriate, the Legal Ethics Committee issues formal opinions interpreting the D.C. Rules of Professional Conduct.

Practice Management Advisory Service
The Practice Management Advisory Service helps lawyers solve practice management problems. Lawyers can receive help in setting up and running an office, help with technology issues, and assistance with planning, productivity, and marketing. The service works by phone, e-mail, in-office meetings and office assessments. All service are free and confidential.