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: