President's Column, Autumn 2015

Hello, and welcome to the NCBF website!

I'm looking forward to my year as NCBF President, and I'd like to take this opportunity to thank our members for their support, and encourage any first time visitors to explore our website to discover what NCBF membership has to offer.

Bar Foundations in Action

"Empowering youth to make positive choices" - the mission of Orange County Bar Foundation - is clearly seen through the OCBF's great work done to support at-risk youth and provide opportunities for advancement. This past year, almost 60 high school students from Santa Ana were placed in summer jobs at legal firms through Project SELF (Summer Employment in Law Firms). Created in 1995 to invest in tomorrow's leaders, Project SELF provides a professional work experience to students, often low-income and/or minorities who would not have had an opportunity otherwise. These positive summer alternatives offer mentorship as well as access to professional career development. To find out more about this program, see OCBF’s webpage or contact Karen Ruan.

The Complete Guide to Bar Foundations

A free member benefit to all NCBF members, the guide contains sound advice and information along with sample policies that you can adapt to fit your foundation's needs.

Recent Listserve Q&A

Do you have community (non-lawyer) members on your foundation boards?

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  • NCBF's Surveys

    NCBF Members Only resources feature surveys covering a range of topics, ncluding the national impact bar foundation funding has on legal services and the administration of justice, and executive compensation.

    If you are a member, you can access the surveys here with the member password. If you are not a member, learn more here.


    NCBF 2016 Midyear Meeting, February 4-6

    It's not too early to plan your "winter getaway" and join us in San Diego for the NCBF Midyear Meeting!  Register now and save on the early bird registration rate, and secure your hotel room at the in-demand headquarters hotel, the Marriott Marquis and Marina.

    Keep watching for program information.  Plan on joining us for the Thursday evening optional member dinner, featuring lots of conversation, camaraderie, and first-time attendee introductions.  Keep watching for program updates!

    North Carolina  Bar Association Foundation Wins 2015 NCBF/LexisNexis Partnerships for Success Award

    The North Carolina Lawyers for Entrepreneurs Assistance Program (NC LEAP) & Inventor Assistance Program (IAP), a service of the North Carolina Bar Association Foundation, provides free legal services to low-wealth entrepreneurs and inventors through direct legal representation, small business legal clinics, and the production of self-help materials.

    The program was recognized at the 2015 joint Annual Meeting Awards Luncheon of the National Conference of Bar Presidents, National Conference of Bar Executives and National Conference of Bar Foundations in Chicago, July 31.

    Sitting in front row: Shelby Benton, North Carolina Bar Association Foundation president; Clara Cottrell, NC LEAP past chair; Kearns Davis, President-elect, North Carolina Bar Association Foundation.
    Back row: Ian McDougall, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, LexisNexis; Beth Lynch, NCBF president; Allan Head, North Carolina Bar Association Foundation Executive Director; and Nigel Roberts, Senior Director Global Associations, LexisNexis

    For more information about the winning program and the NCBF/LexisNexis Partnerships for Success Award, see the Awards page.

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