Dolores Dorsainvil

Adjunct Professor of Law

Dolores Dorsainvil is a Senior Staff Attorney with the D.C. Office of Bar Counsel where she investigates and, where necessary, prosecutes District of Columbia lawyers for ethical misconduct. She is formerly an Assistant Bar Counsel with the Attorney Grievance Commission for the state of Maryland where she investigated and prosecuted cases of attorney misconduct of Maryland lawyers. Dolores is most passionate about serving the legal community while promoting professionalism and the integrity of the profession. She spends countless hours educating attorneys and lecturing on ethical matters locally and on a national level. Dolores is a member of the Maryland Bar Foundation, has been appointed to the Professionalism Committee and Ethics Committee of the Maryland State Bar Association, teaches the mandatory Professionalism Course for new admittees in the District of Columbia Bar, and is the current Co-Chair of the Ethics & Professionalism Committee of the ABA Young Lawyers Division. Dolores has also recently been appointed as a member of the ABA’s Standing Committee on Professional Discipline (2012-2015).

Dolores is also an Adjunct Professor at American University’s Washington College of Law where she teaches legal ethics to second year law students and is an Adjunct Professor at University of Maryland University College where she teaches legal ethics and law office practice management to undergraduate students. Dolores has published numerous national articles on ethical considerations, as well as for the District of Columbia and Maryland Bars, and she has her own ethics blog, The Gavel. Despite all the work listed above, Dolores still finds the time to mentor law students. Specifically, in 2005, she began a program titled the Bar Mentor Project, a program designed to assist minorities in passing the Maryland Bar examination.

Dolores serves in leadership roles within local and national bar associations, including her service as Co-Chair of the Education Committee for the MSBA Young Lawyers Section (2010-2013), Co-Editor of The Advocate, the official publication of The Maryland State Bar Association, Young Lawyer’s Section (2007-2010), Past Fellow of the MSBA Leadership Academy (2006), former Co-Chair of the Judicial Selections Committee of the Women’s Bar Association of Maryland (2009-2010), and Past President of the Black Women’s Bar Association of Suburban Maryland (2002-2004). Additionally, through her family’s foundation, Dorsainvil Foundation Inc., Dolores has raised thousands of dollars and collected much needed medical supplies for her medical mission trips to Haiti, her family’s homeland.

Dolores received her Juris Doctor from American University’s Washington College of Law School and her Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies and Public Policy from Boston University and is admitted to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Dolores is also 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.



Currently Teaching

Areas of Specialization

  • Professional Responsibility

Degrees & Universities

  • J.D., American University Washington College of Law 2000
  • B.A., Boston University