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NCBF September 2022 Newsletter

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National Conference of Bar Foundations annual membership renewals are due this month. With your support, together we will continue to advance the work of all types of bar foundations by advancing law-related philanthropy and serving as a resource clearinghouse. If you have not already, click here to renew today. Your continued membership with NCBF allows three people from each foundation to have login privileges to access all the membership resources, including a robust resource library, educational webinars, participation in the Member Connect information exchange, the monthly Foundation Forum newsletter, and the NCBF annual meeting.

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Did you know NCBF has seven committees in which members can get involved? If you are interested in helping shape the work of NCBF through one of the following committees, use the link below to request more information.

  • Awards Committee: Manages the nomination and selection process for NCBF’s annual awards
  • Communications Committee: Advises on all NCBF communication efforts, including the Foundation Forum, social media, and the website
  • Membership Committee: Identifies and helps carry out NCBF’s membership recruitment and retention efforts
  • Nominating Committee: Prepares a slate of recommended candidates for the Board of Directors to be elected by the NCBF members
  • Programming Committee: Plans and executes member programs, most commonly webinars
  • Sponsorship Committee: Defines NCBF’s sponsorship structure and helps recruit potential sponsors
  • Strategic Planning Committee: Advises the Board of Directors on opportunities for, and challenges to, the continued growth of NCBF and fulfillment of its purpose

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NCBF is pleased to have six new board of directors members, joining ten returning board members and officers, for 2022-23. Newly elected board members will serve three-year terms and are pictured below. They include:

  • Jennifer Castillo, Past President of the Oklahoma Bar Foundation
  • Velda Hofacker, Past President of the Ohio State Bar Foundation
  • Sang Yup Lee, Director of Development for the Chicago Bar Foundation
  • Jessica Reeves, Director of Events & Administration for the Illinois Bar Foundation
  • DeLaine Ward, Executive Director for the Austin Bar Foundation and Austin Bar Association (TX)
  • Patricia Winthrop, Volunteer for the Arizona Bar Foundation

NCBF 2022 Officers

Newly elected officers are:

  • President Dan Burns, Past President of the Foundation for the New Haven County Bar (CT)
  • President-elect Beth McElroy, Advisor to the Board of the Birmingham Bar Foundation (AL)
  • Treasurer Hinda Carbon, Executive Director of the U.S. Virgin Islands Bar Foundation
  • Secretary Lori Keating, Executive Director of the Ohio State Bar Foundation

Continuing directors include:

  • Thomas Lynch, Past President of the Maryland Bar Foundation
  • Martha Madrid, Associate Director for Diversion Education & Health Programs for Project Youth, Orange County Bar Foundation (CA)
  • Baillie H. Milliken, Development Director for the Texas Bar Foundation
  • Candice Pace, Director of Development & Communications for the Oklahoma Bar Foundation
  • Immediate Past President Thomas Tinder, Member of the Board of Directors of the West Virginia Bar Foundation
  • Dr. Sharra Wagner

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By Bob Glaves, Chicago Bar Foundation Executive Director
This article originally appeared in the Chicago Bar Foundation Blog

Over the past 50 years, we gradually have gone from a time in our country where the average middle-class person or small business generally could find affordable legal services when they needed them to a time today where everyday people struggle to afford legal help and lawyers often joke that they could not afford their own services if the need arose.

This is an issue I have written about before and posed solutions, but for this month’s post, I want to take a closer look at the primary drivers of this problem. I’m going to briefly review five overarching factors and give each a rating on a scale of one to three $ signs to signify how much it is driving the unaffordability trend, and I’ll start with one that is widely felt: the spike in the cost of law school…

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The September NCBF Member Spotlight shines on the Kentucky Bar Foundation and its work to further the public’s understanding of the judicial system and the legal profession through programs and philanthropic partnerships that help those in need…

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