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Voluntary Bar of the Year Award: The Washington Bar Association

By Jeffery Leon

June 13, 2017

Washington Bar Association

The D.C. Bar’s annual Celebration of Leadership on June 14 will feature a new award: Voluntary Bar of the Year. Taking home the inaugural award will be the Washington Bar Association (WBA) for its extensive community work over the past year, from its programming and networking events to its outreach in neighborhoods in the District of Columbia.

“Our members are very passionate about our organization and its mission to promote equal justice under the law,” says WBA President Natalie Walker.

The voluntary bar has helped residents across the District, hosting food drives, volunteering in soup kitchens, and mentoring elementary and high school students. Members also connected with residents in Wards 7 and 8 during the presidential election by organizing a voter drive, which registered over 85 voters in Southeast D.C.

“We don’t have to do much to get people to volunteer. We just get the word out about an event and members always come out to support,” says Walker.

Last year the WBA launched “Knowledge is Power,” an educational series led by attorneys and expert panelists discussing timely topics, including voting rights, policing, housing issues, and elder care. The monthly event is open to the public and has been a tremendous success with great turnout from residents and attorneys.

“We have really been trying to get out into the community, build our presence, and make sure that we focus on the issues that D.C. residents are interested in,” says Walker.

Reflecting on the WBA’s win, Walker is overjoyed: “It is an absolute honor to be recognized by the D.C. Bar, one of the top bars in the nation, and to be the first to receive the Voluntary Bar of the Year Award.”


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