President's Message, Spring 2017

Bar Foundations hold the Key to adding Value & Relevance to Association Memberships

Profound changes are happening in the practice of law. The number of trials is diminishing as mediation becomes more popular. As attorneys and law firms become more focused on national and international practices, bar associations are experiencing a turning point in their struggle to continue to give value and stay relevant to their member attorneys. They are always looking for ways to maintain and grow membership and provide new and better services and sources of revenue.

Bar Foundations in Action

Bar Foundations in Action: Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation

In partnership with the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association and Foundation, Legal Connection: Military Matters provides free and low cost legal assistance for veterans and active duty military personnel that don’t qualify for aid from other agencies, as well as hosts legal clinics and information sessions, holds an annual Symposium, and facilitates the continued learning that legal service provides to the complexities of legal issues specific to the military.

Contact foundation director Kelly Dillman  or visit The Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation’s website for more information. 

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.

NCBF Sponsors

NCBF thanks its corporate sponsor, LexisNexis for its generous support.

NCBF/LexisNexis Partnerships for Success Award Nominations are Open!

In partnership with LexisNexis, NCBF honors the initiatives of member bar foundations that make a significant impact in their community on issues for which lawyers are uniquely positioned to lead. Previous awards have recognized civic education efforts, justice initiatives, and public service community programs.  

For more information about the award and selection criteria, see the Awards Page.


Upcoming Meetings:

2017 NCBF Annual Meeting

Save the Date - August 10-12, 2017

The headquarters hotel for NCBF is the Sheraton New York Times Square.

  • Click here for registration and program information!

Handouts from the 2017 Midyear Meeting are available here.