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Rawle Andrews, Jr. - 135th President

"There's no place like hope"

It is a humbling privilege to greet you as the 135th President of The Bar Association of the District of Columbia (BADC). In many ways, the BADC has been my professional home for over 30 years. It has always been a place where I could live and work in my entirety while serving the community and our members, and building professional relationships of a lifetime. In assuming the role as chief servant of this storied bar association, my goal is for every attorney, judge and law student (young, tenured and retired) in the District to find such a home at the BADC. Achieving this goal will not be easy. We must take the long view by focusing on reigniting the BADC’s legacy as a trusted voice of the D.C. legal community, growing our membership and implementing a long-range strategic plan, demonstrating that the BADCares. We are responsible for the life and vibrancy of the BADC and its mission. Working together, we can support and defend the rule of law, influence public policy, and promote a sense of purpose, civility and collegiality across the District and beyond. Finally, I am committed to building on Andy Cook’s leadership, our standing in this community, and the legacy of those bar leaders who preceded us at the helm. There is no place like hope, and I can think of no better beacon of hope in our legal community and home base for all our attorneys, judges, and law students than the BADC. Thank you for your time, energy, and support.
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