Membership has its benefits

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The Bar Association of the District of Columbia (BADC), founded in 1871, is the nation's 3rd oldest bar association (after the Boston and New York City bars).  The BADC is a voluntary bar association.  Its members participate in various volunteer committees and sections including the Young Lawyers Section (YLS) and the Intellectual Property (IP) Section.  The BADC's members distinguish themselves by volunteering their time and talents to advance civility, justice, and the nation's capital community's access to legal services.

Lawyer Referral service program

The Lawyer Referral Service Program is a one of a kind program where incoming potential clients speak to our representatives and then we directly connect them to an attorney in the field of service they are seeking. As a member, you'll benefit from a discounted price to be added to the list of attorneys we refer callers to.

networking opportunities

As a member of the Bar Association of DC, you'll gain many opportunities to network with other legal professionals, and grow your network. In addition to our annual special events, we host various happy hour and networking events free of charge to all BADC members. So bring your business cards and join us!

Continuing legal education

Although the DC Bar does not have mandatory CLE requirements, we know that keeping up with the latest information in your field is necessary to achieve the success you seed. Members benefit from accessional CLE courses hosted by the BADC to keep them on top of the latest trends in the legal field.


As a member of the Bar Association of DC you'll gain access to advocacy opportunities where we put our heads together and bring positive change for the communities we all serve. Because the BADC is a voluntary bar association, we do not have many restrictions for advocacy and therefore can work directly with legislatures to bring meaningful change.

Other BADC Member benefits & Discounts

10% on all purchases

25% off on reservations

25% off on reservations

$50.00 off on your subscription

10% on all purchases

10% off on printing

10% off on orders

Exclusive Offers for BADC Members

Membership types & pricing

law student


Young Lawyers

(Through 6 years since date of first bar)


government / public interest lawyer

(Including CCAN/CJA)


life associate

(At least 65 years of age OR 15 Consecutive years as BADC member)



(Non-voting. Member of any U.S. State of Territory Bar)



(Non-voting. Out of metropolitan area member OR Non-lawyer involved in legal profession)



(Over 6 years since date of first bar)



(Includes Past Presidents & Fellows Dinner)


lifetime member

($500 down/$2,000 pledged over 3 years)


Sections and committees

    Alternative Dispute Resolution

    Antitrust Law

    Child Abuse/Neglect/Delinquency Civil Rights

    Continuing Legal Education


      Criminal Diversity/Inclusion

      Elder Law
      Estate Planning/Probate



      Intellectual Property 

      Law of Law Firms

      Legislative/DC Affairs

      National Security Law
      Real Property
      Solo/Small Practice Management

      White Collar Crime
      Young Lawyers Section