President's Column, Summer 2016

"I think I'll take a trip to California,
Where the sun shines every day. I thought about going to Florida,
But that's too far away. "

"Vacation Blues" T-Bone Walker

Bar Foundations in Action

Beverly Hills Bar Association Foundation:
Rule of Law Writing Competition
Award recipients Ricardo Lopez (Honorable Mention for “Terminally Ill Minors”); Laura Alexander (Grand Prize for “Rule of Law and The Media”); & Jena MacCabe (Honorable Mention for “Can You Hear Me Now”); with Beverly Hills Bar Foundation Board Member Ken Petrulis
In its 7th year, the “Rule of Law Competition" of the Beverly Hills Bar Foundation awarded the winners above at the BHBA 62nd Annual Supreme Court Luncheon, which honored the seven chief justices of the California Supreme Court. The prize-winning entries cover a diverse range of topics and remind us to constantly examine our laws and those who enforce them.


Contact former foundation president Kenneth G. Petrulis or visit BHBA’s website for more information about this award-winning program.

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

My bar foundation is considering adding a category to our Fellows Program which would ask Fellows who are paid-up to continue to give on an annual bases to help sustain our grants program. Has anyone added this level or have an annual giving component that is not capped?

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.

Congratulations to the 2016-17 Officers and Board of Trustees members!

Carry on! President Leonard Pataki passes the gavel to incoming President Lorrie Albert at the annual meeting.

At its first board meeting of 2016-17, the Board confirmed the Nominating Committee's slate of officers:

  • Lorrie Albert, President;
  • Leslie Barineau, President-elect;
  • Andrea Stone, Secretary, and
  • Alison Belfrage, Treasurer 

Click here for a complete list of the Board of Trustees.

Military Spouse JD Network Foundation Wins 2016 NCBF/LexisNexis Partnerships for Success Award

President-elect Libby Jamison and President Josie Beets accept their award from NCBF President Leonard Pataki and Nigel Roberts, Senior Director Global Associations for Lexis Nexis.

The Justice for Military Families (JMF) program, an effort of the Military Spouse JD Network Foundation, is the winner of this year's NCBF/LexisNexis Partnerships for Success Award.

This award honors bar foundation initiatives that make a significant impact in their community on issues for which lawyers are uniquely positioned to lead. An underlying goal of this foundation initiative is to establish new partnership opportunities, or leverage existing ones, through the meaningful involvement and support from an affiliated bar association and other allied members of the legal community.

Launched in December of 2013, Justice for Military Families is the first national program that connects military families, regardless of financial need, with opportunities for pro bono legal assistance. JMF works in partnership with the nationally-recognized organization Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), which refers eligible families to JMF.

  • For information about the award as well as previous winning entries, click here