NCBF/LexisNexis Partnerships for Success Awards

In partnership with LexisNexis, this NCBF 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.

The winning program is recognized at the joint Annual Meeting Luncheon of the National Conference of Bar Presidents, National Association of Bar Executives, and National Conference of Bar Foundations.  A presentation about the program and its impact is also featured at the NCBF members meeting. The selected Foundation receives $1,500 in unrestricted funds generously donated by Lexis/Nexis.

2017 Award-winning Program

The West Virginia Bar Foundation's Student Legal Clinic Grant is the winner of the 2017 NCBF/LexisNexis Partnerships for Success Award.

Presented to the West Virginia College of Law, the grant helps fund the costs of law students travelling from the law school campus in the northern part of the state to a new campus in the southern part of the state, to provide legal assistance to citizens in that underserved area of West Virginia.

In addition to providing much-needed assistance to the residents of the surrounding communities, law students receive invaluable experience and a first-hand view of the opportunities to practice law in that part of the state.

For more information, see the WV Bar Foundation website.

Criteria for selection of the Partnerships for Success Award are that the program:

  1. Is consistent with the NCBF guiding principles;
  2. Has a significant impact on the justice system or the community at large;
  3. Advances a foundation mission that has meaningful support from the association and/or its members;
  4. Engages other community partners (e.g., law firms, the courts, other legal organizations, other foundations supporting or developing law-related programs);
  5. Can serve as a model for other bar associations and/or foundations that could be replicated in some way; and
  6. Demonstrates meaningful involvement and support from the bar association, including (but not limited to):
  • A formal joint initiative co-sponsored and co-administered by the association and foundation
  • An initiative where the foundation is the lead entity but has the association's approval and which significantly involves association members in the work
  • An association program funded by the foundation which also directly advances the foundation's mission
  • A foundation program or collaborative that advances access to justice in partnership with service providers, the courts or organized philanthropy

Previous Partnerships for Success Award Winners:

NCBF Excellence Award

Established in 2015, the NCBF Excellence Award recognizes an outstanding contribution to law-related philanthropy by an individual.

The following distinguished members have received this recognition:

2017 - Hon. Debra Walker, Cook County Circuit Court judge.  Debra has a strong history of leadership in both bar foundation and bar association circles, having served on the NCBF Board of Trustees, as president of the Illinois Bar Foundation, and president of the Women's Bar Association of Illinois.  She chairs the Commission on Professionalism of the Illinois Supreme Court.




2016 -  Colonel (USAF Retired) Martin, former Executive Director of the Arkansas Bar Association and the Arkansas Bar Foundation.  Bill was active in the NCBF, having served two terms on the NCBF Board of Trustees and three years as NCBF Treasurer.  He was designated an NCBF Trustee Emeritus for his continuous and long-standing support and involvement in the organization. He continues to remain active in bar work, serving on the boards of both the Pulaski County Bar Association and the Pulaski County Bar Foundation, which he helped found.



2015 - Thomas R. Tinder, Executive Director of the West Virginia Bar Foundation and a former NCBF president, who continues to be active in the NCBF.  In his acceptance remarks, Mr. Tinder noted that "faith, friends and family are the true essence of life."

Previous Award Programs

NCBF Fundraising for Success Award

The NCBF Fundraising for Success Award was established to honor excellence in bar foundation fundraising.

The Indianapolis Bar Foundation won the 2012 award for its Giving Level Improvement Initiative. The IBF encouraged those donors that were within reach of a higher giving level to increase their 2011 donation total.

Get more fundraising ideas from other award applicants:

NCBF Award for Bar Foundation Excellence in Public Service Programming

The NCBF Award for Bar Foundation Excellence in Public Service Programming, established in 1999, recognizes a bar foundation for an innovative, imaginative program and/or grant award for public service projects in the legal arena. The award honors a bar or law foundation for its creative response to important societal issues.

Winning entries from recent years include:

  • 2010 Springfield (MO) Metropolitan Bar Foundation, "Love Them, Don't Leave Them Wondering," designed to assist individuals in understanding and completing medical directives.
  • 2009    North Carolina Bar Association Foundation, "4ALL," a five-front program with a name that's a twist on "justice for all," and designed to involve all members of the legal profession in North Carolina.
  • 2008    South Carolina Bar Foundation, "Alternatives to Incarceration," an initiative conducted by the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families and funded by the bar foundation to serve non-violent, low-income fathers who are behind in child support payment
  • 2007    Cincinnati Bar Foundation, "Out  of the Crossfire," a gunshot violence intervention program created by the bar foundation
  • 2006    Allegheny County Bar Foundation, "Attorneys Against Hunger," a greassroots campaign to raise money for hunger relief

NCBF-ALPS Foundation Services Award for Innovations in Fundraising

The NCBF-ALPS Foundation Services Award for Innovations in Fundraising was established to honor excellence in state and local bar foundation fundraising. Innovative fundraising techniques, from training board members to creating original programs, are important to successful fundraising.

Recognition of these efforts benefits all NCBF members by providing information on programs that work and can be replicated by other bar foundations.