Arkansas Bar Foundation
The July NCBF Member Spotlight shines on the Arkansas Bar Foundation.
The Foundation’s mission is to:
- Improve justice for all Arkansans by promoting education, literary, scientific and charitable purposes.
About the Organization
The Arkansas Bar Foundation was established in 1958 to support efforts at improving the administration of justice. The ABF is a charitable, tax-exempt organization.
Scholarships and Charitable Activities
The Foundation awards approximately 50 endowed law school scholarships to students each year. Scholarships are given to students at the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville and the UALR Bowen School of Law in Little Rock. The Foundation has funded special law-related projects to organizations whose projects fall within the guidelines in the Foundation’s goals and objectives over the years. It has been a major supporter of the statewide Mock Trial Competition, with efforts to educate the public about their right to make justice more accessible to more Arkansans through a grant to the Arkansas Access to Justice Foundation. The Foundation supports a newly established Rural Incubator Program, as well as a Supreme Court Exhibit at the Arkansas Old Statehouse Museum.
Foundation Sustaining Fellows
The cost of operation for the Foundation is paid by the rent received from the Arkansas Bar Association as a tenant in the Arkansas Bar Center and from Sustaining Fellow contributions. Fellows who wish to become Sustaining Fellows are invited to do so by making an annual, voluntary contribution of $100. For more information on becoming a Sustaining Fellow visit www.arkansasbarfoundation.com/About.
Staff and Leadership
The Arkansas Bar Foundation is governed by an eighteen-member Board of Directors. The Board is composed of Fellows elected by the Foundation Membership from each of three state bar districts plus the Arkansas Bar Association President, the Immediate Past President of the Foundation, and the Chair of the Trust Committee, who serve as ex-officio members. The Officers of the Foundation are the President, the Vice President and the Secretary-Treasurer, who serve for a one-year term. There are two staff members for the Foundation, the Executive Director and the Associate for Finance and Administration.