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: The Atlanta Bar Foundation

In collaboration with law firms, corporations, pro bono organizations, and the courts, the Atlanta Bar Association, supported by the Atlanta Bar Foundation, has offered a rigorous paid six-week internship opportunity to outstanding local high school students through its Summer Law Internship Program (SLIP) . The goals are to provide valuable work experience; further students' understanding of the law, and to promote mentor relationships with the Atlanta legal community. Over the last 25 years, hundreds of interns have graduated and found careers in the law, including positions as a superior court judge and elected office holder.

Contact foundation executive director Terri Bryant  or visit The Atlanta 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.

  • Watch for registration and program information!

Handouts from the 2017 Midyear Meeting are available here.