AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION FUND FOR JUSTICE AND EDUCATION

Legal Services Are Human Services

aka ABA Fund for Justice and Education   |   CHICAGO, IL   |  https://www.americanbar.org/groups/departments_offices/fund_justice_education/

Mission

Under its 501(c)3 charitable auspices, the ABA Fund for Justice and Education seeks, receives and acknowledges private donations for the ABA’s public service programs that improve the profession, increase access to justice, strengthen our legal system and advance the rule of law. This work is conducted by ABA entities (commissions, committees, task forces, forums, divisions and sections) through their programming, initiatives and services.

Ruling year info

1963

Executive Director

Mr. Jack L. Rives

Main address

321 N CLARK ST, 21st Floor ABA Fund for Justice & Education

CHICAGO, IL 60654 USA

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EIN

36-6110299

NTEE code info

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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The ABA Fund for Justice and Education seeks to address a myriad of problems pertaining to: AREAS FOR GROWTH IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION: Promote the highest quality legal education. Promote competence, ethical conduct and professionalism. Promote pro bono and public service by the legal profession. BIAS AND ENHANCE DIVERSITY Promote full and equal participation in the association, our profession, and the justice system by all persons. Eliminate bias in the legal profession and the justice system. OBSTACLES THAT LIMIT THE RULE OF LAW Increase public understanding of and respect for the rule of law, the legal process, and the role of the legal profession at home and throughout the world. Hold governments accountable under law. Work for just laws, including human rights, and a fair legal process. Assure meaningful access to justice for all persons. Preserve the independence of the legal profession and the judiciary.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

ABA Fund for Justice and Education

The ABA Fund for Justice and Education endeavors to find alignments between the philanthropic community's priorities and the Association’s law-related public service and educational programs that are broad in scope and address a wide range of social, financial, and legal circumstances. Within this overarching goal, the ABA’s charitable endeavors impact the greater good by:
• Seeking to ensure access to justice and the rule of law through: publications, policy development and advocacy, lawyer and judicial training, systemic reform initiatives, advancement of pro bono opportunities and service and legal service delivery model innovations;
• Striving to improve the justice system and people’s lives, improve outcomes for clients, and provide technical assistance for better administration of public programs and
• Bringing about a more diverse and inclusive legal profession that better reflects the fabric of our society.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Under its 501(c)3 charitable auspices, the ABA Fund for Justice and Education seeks, receives and acknowledges private donations for the ABA’s public service programs that improve the profession, increase access to justice, strengthen our legal system and advance the rule of law. This work is conducted by ABA entities (commissions, committees, task forces, forums, divisions and sections) through their programming, initiatives and services toward these specific goals:

• Deliver Meaningful Pro Bono Assistance and Legal Services
• Maintain a Highly Skilled Legal Profession and Judiciary
• Educate the Public about Legal Rights, Responsibilities, and Resources
• Cultivate Systemic Reforms that Increase Access to Justice

From Children to Seniors
• The Center on Children and the Law and the Commission on Youth at Risk promotes justice for children and young adults by improving legal representation and strengthening legal systems in areas including child welfare, education, immigration, kin/relative care, and health. Prompted by the Center, FY 2019 saw policy change at the US Department of Health and Human Services that opens up hundreds of millions of dollars per year to support children’s attorneys and parents’ attorneys that provide high quality legal representation across the country.
• The Division for Public Education devises creative materials that engage high school students and fosters increased civic engagement through its National Civics and Law Academy. The Division is collaborating with the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) at the 100th NCSS Annual Conference -- the largest gathering of K-12 social studies classroom teachers, college and university faculty members, curriculum designers and specialists, district and state social studies supervisors, international educators, and social studies discipline leaders in the United States.
• The Commission on Law and Aging protects the legal rights, dignity, autonomy, quality of life and quality of care of older adults. Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the Commission identifies and catalyzes policy and practices nationwide, providing research, advocacy, educational materials, and technical assistance for lawyers, policy makers, and social service providers.

Access to Justice
• The Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Services fosters pro bono service for the underserved through volunteer efforts of legal professionals nationwide. It spearheads ABA Free Legal Answers (FLA), an online portal connecting low-income individuals to free advice for civil legal questions. From a 2019 pro-social evaluation, we learned that every $1 invested in the ABA FLA project creates $7 worth of social capital, producing $7.3M in social capital in just one year.
• The Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel works to enhance the scope, quality, and delivery of free or affordable legal services to military personnel and their family members. Through Operation Stand by Me, civilian attorneys consulted with 525 military attorneys on servicemembers’ legal issues. In addition, 162 servicemembers’ families received legal help from The Standing Committee’s cadre of pro bono attorneys.
• The Center for Human Rights promotes and protects human rights worldwide by mobilizing lawyers to help threatened advocates, rallying thought leaders on vital issues, and holding abusive governments accountable. The Center completed the first year of the two-year TrialWatch Project which entailed fourteen trial observations for the Project, with another 10 pending. It has recruited 133 trial monitors to date.

Financials

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AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION FUND FOR JUSTICE AND EDUCATION

Board of directors
as of 5/11/2020
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Board chair

Ms. Judy Perry Martinez

Simon, Peragine, Smith & Redfearn LLP

Term: 2019 - 2020

Patricia Refo

Snell & Wilmer LLP

William Bay

Thompson Coburn LLP

Mary Smith