Dolores Dorsainvil – Senior Staff Attorney, D.C. Office of Bar Counsel

Dolores Dorsainvil

Dolores is a Senior Staff Attorney with the District of Columbia Office of Bar Counsel where she investigates and, where necessary, prosecutes allegations of ethical misconduct of District of Columbia lawyers. She received her Juris Doctor from American University’s Washington College of Law School, where she was a Recent Developments Editor of the Administrative Law Review, an official publication of the American Bar Association. She also received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Studies and Public Policy from Boston University. She is admitted to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Dolores serves as guest speaker at numerous continuing legal education seminars in the District of Columbia and Maryland on ethical matters and is also an Adjunct Professor at American University’s Washington College of Law where she teaches Legal Ethics. She was a Fellow of the National Institute for Teaching Ethics & Professionalism in 2009. Dolores is very involved in her legal community and is currently the Education Committee Co-Chair of the Maryland Bar Association’s Young Lawyer’s Section Council (2010-2012). She was Co-Editor of The Advocate, the publication of the Young Lawyers Section of the Maryland State Bar Association (2007-2010), and was the recipient of the Best Committee Award for her work on the newsletter (2008) Most Industrious Committee Award (2009), and Commitment to the Section Award (2010). Dolores is the former Chair of the Legislative Reception for the Women’s Bar Association of Maryland (2006-2008) where she organized an annual reception for the Maryland Legislators to meet the members of the Women’s Bar and was the Co-Chair of the Judicial Selections Committee for the Women’s Bar Association (2009-2010). Dolores is also a Leadership Academy Fellow of the Maryland State Bar Association (2006) and is also Past President of the Black Women’s Bar Association of Suburban Maryland, Inc. (2002-2004).

Dolores received an appointment as Assistant Editor for The Young Lawyer (2009-2010), the official publication of the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association. She received the award for Best Work with Authors (Perfect Attendance with Deadlines) for the October 2009 Issue. She was also an ABA Young Lawyer Division Scholar (2009-2010). Dolores currently serves as Co-Chair for the ABA’s Young Lawyers Division Ethics and Professionalism Committee (2010-2011) and was Vice-Chair (2010-2011) and recently served as a guest panelist for a CLE on Law Practice Management for Young Lawyers at their spring conference 2011. Also, Dolores presented a webinar on the ethical implications of social media for the ABA Young Lawyers Division in December 2010.

In recognition of her commitment to Maryland’s legal community, Dolores was inducted into the Maryland Bar Foundation, a non-profit charitable corporation designed to maintain and honor the integrity of the legal profession in 2007. She is also an appointed member of the Ethics Committee and Professionalism Committee of the Maryland State Bar Association and has taught at the mandatory Professionalism Course for new admittees of the Maryland Bar.

Dolores is the recipient of the 2012 Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund’s Forty Under 40 Award, Finalist for the ABA Young Lawyer’s Division National Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award 2011, Awardee of the Psi Epsilon Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha, Incorporated, International Humanitarianism Award for 2012, recipient of the ABA’s Center for Professional Responsibility Rosner and Rosner Young Lawyers Professionalism Award 2012. Dolores also is the 2012 recipient of the Edward F. Shea, Jr. Professionalism Award given by the Maryland Bar Foundation. Dolores has also been named 2012 Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40 by The National Bar Association. Dolores has also been named an Awardee of The Daily Record’s VIP (Very Important Professional) List, Successful by 40, August 2012

You can contact Dolores Dorsainvil at DorsainvilD@dcobc.org