Mass. Bar Foundation to celebrate 40th anniversary

Issue May 2004

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation.

In addition to unveiling a logo marking this milestone year, the foundation plans to commemorate this anniversary in a number of different ways.

Mark your calendars for the gala celebration on Thursday, Oct. 28 at The State Room (formerly the Bay Tower Room). And don't miss a special edition of the MBF newsletter in early summer as well as a 40th Anniversary Fellows Campaign.

Please, share your stories and any photographs you have regarding the Massachusetts Bar Foundation.

Since its founding in 1964 as the philanthropic partner of the Massachusetts Bar Association, the MBF has enlisted the help of lawyers and judges as "fellows" to increase the public's access to justice and to advance the administration of justice. Currently, more than 1,400 legal professionals across the state are involved in the foundation's Fellows Program.

Each year, the foundation's IOLTA Grants Program awards more than 100 grants to nonprofit organizations in Massachusetts whose programs either provide civil legal services to the state's low-income population, or improve the administration of justice in the commonwealth.

IOLTA grants enable recipients to provide critical legal assistance to the disadvantaged who have few resources to address issues, including immigration status, domestic violence, housing, and access to the justice system. The Massachusetts Bar Foundation is also committed to fostering careers and volunteerism in public interest law. The MBF Legal Intern Fellowship Program (LIFP) provides fellowships to outstanding law students for volunteer internships at non-profit organizations providing civil legal services to indigent clients across the state.