In the District of Columbia, many people are injured because of the negligence, recklessness, or intentional misconduct of an individual or company. These people have the opportunity to file a personal injury lawsuit with the help of a lawyer in their area. Unfortunately, not all people that call themselves lawyers are reputable or able to properly launch a lawsuit. Membership in the District of Columbia Bar is the reassurance needed to insure that an individual is qualified to present a court case.
The District of Columbia (D.C.) Bar is the second largest unified bar association in the United States. The D.C. Bar’s core functions are the registration of lawyers, operation of a lawyer disciplinary system, maintenance of a “Clients’ Security Fund”, and certain other administrative operations. Important continued legal educational programs are offered at reasonable prices to members of the bar. The D.C. Bar publishes a monthly legal journal as well. Citizen education and public service programs are also functions of the Bar. Programs are made possible by dues, voluntary contributions, user fees, and other sources of income.
Established in 1972 by the D.C. Court of Appeals, the Bar is governed by a Board of Governors composed of 20 lawyers selected by the active membership and three members of the public appointed by the Bar itself as nonvoting members. The Bar’s official mission is to provide service to the profession, the courts, and the community.