Current Award Winner

Harrison Tweed Current Award Winner

The ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants
& The National Legal Aid and Defender Association
Congratulate the Winner of the 2016 Harrison Tweed Award!


The District of Columbia Bar


The District of Columbia Bar is the recipient of this year’s award for the long-term excellence of its Pro Bono Center. Created in 1988 to help those who could not afford a lawyer, it has become the largest provider of pro bono legal assistance offering the widest range of services in the District of Columbia. Each year, the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center recruits, trains and supports volunteer lawyers to provide approximately 20,000 individuals, nonprofit organizations and small businesses with free legal information, resources, brief advice and/or full representation.

Through neighborhood clinics, court-based resource centers, and direct representation projects, the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center and its volunteers help people living in poverty to stay in their homes, rebuild their families and access vital public benefits to secure basic necessities. To strengthen the safety-net of service providers that low income residents rely on for food, shelter, education and job training, the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center’s volunteers provide pro bono counsel and legal training to nonprofit organizations. They also assist small businesses that create jobs and contribute to the economy in struggling neighborhoods.

The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center has worked to identify gaps in the District’s legal service delivery system and develop programs to increase access to justice. Given the breadth of services provided, the range of issues addressed, and the number of individuals assisted annually, the District of Columbia Bar, through the work of its Pro Bono Center, is a most worthy recipient of this year’s Harrison Tweed Award.

To view the award winning call for nomination submission of this bar association, click here.