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San Diego County Bar Foundation Announces 2020 Distinguished Lawyer Memorial Inductees

San Diego (August 5, 2020) – The San Diego County Bar Foundation (SDCBF) has announced a record seven Distinguished Lawyer Memorial inductees for 2020 – recognizing deceased lawyers and judges of the San Diego County Bar who  demonstrated significant community commitment as well as superior legal skills and high ethical standards throughout their enduring careers. The Distinguished Lawyer Memorial Reception will be held virtually this year on Wednesday, October 14 between the hours of 5:30-7:30 p.m. The honorees are selected each year by the Bar Foundation board ...

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SAN DIEGO COUNTY BAR FOUNDATION ACCEPTING INDIGENT CRIMINAL DEFENSE GRANT APPLICATIONS

SAN DIEGO (July 16, 2020) - The San Diego County Bar Foundation (SDCBF) is now accepting Indigent Criminal Defense (ICD) grant applications. ICD grants are awarded exclusively for the furtherance of and to support programs, projects and activities that directly benefit indigent criminal defendants in San Diego County. ICD Grant applications are due August 1, 2020 @ 11:59 pm. Programs that are designed to deliver effective and efficient, high quality, ethical, conflict‐free representation as well as projects and activities which will benefit accused persons ...

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We stand beside people of color as we work toward positive change.

June 12, 2020 Black lives matter. The San Diego County Bar Foundation (SDCBF) stands with the San Diego County Bar Association and our community in condemning racism and violence against people of color, and in our shared commitment to working toward positive change. For decades, our mission has been to provide access to justice by investing in organizations advocating for people in San Diego impacted by poverty, abuse and discrimination. Aligned with our mission, we stand with those who are victims of systemic racism, and we pledge to continue our efforts fighting ...

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Give an Hour on Giving Tuesday! Help us raise $50,000 for our COVID-19 Emergency Fund

The San Diego County Bar Foundation will participate in #GivingTuesdayNow  on May 5th as a global day of giving and unity! Help SDCBF raise $50,000 for grants to support necessary legal services for the most vulnerable populations. Local organizations have reported that stress on their resources has been significant while serving an increased number of clients and victims for domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse, immigration law, and tenant rights. Sheltering-in-place and court closures mean these communities need our help now. Give today or give tomorr...

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San Diego County Bar Foundation Awards $401,000 to 21 Local Nonprofits

The San Diego County Bar Foundation has awarded $401,180 to 21 local nonprofit organizations to provide legal services, public awareness education and improvements to the region’s justice and court system. Awards from the Bar Foundation’s general grant and Indigent Criminal Defense funds focus on assisting people and communities throughout North County, Central/Downtown San Diego and East County. Grants assist organizations that serve immigrants, the working poor, domestic violence victims, the disabled, veterans, the homeless, low income seniors and at-risk ...

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San Diego County Bar Foundation Honors 2019 Distinguished Lawyer Memorial Inductees

SAN DIEGO (May 20, 2019) – The San Diego County Bar Foundation announced its 2019 Distinguished Lawyer Memorial inductees, recognizing deceased lawyers and judges of the San Diego County Bar who have demonstrated superior legal skills and high ethical standards throughout careers of significant length. The Distinguished Lawyer Memorial Reception will be held at the University Club on Wednesday, May 22 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Each inductee will be recognized with a permanent plaque in the Hall of Justice at the San Diego County Courthouse. “The Distinguished Lawyer ...

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Welcome New SDCBA Executive Director Jill Epstein

March 12, 2019 A note from SDCBA President, Lilys McCoy. It is with great excitement that I write to inform you that we have hired a new SDCBA Executive Director, Jill Epstein. Jill is an attorney and an experienced association executive, and she will start her role at the SDCBA on Wednesday, March 20th.   Jill comes to the Bar Association from Miracle Babies, a foundation that provides financial and emotional support to families with critically ill babies in the NICU. Previously, Jill spent nearly seven years as the Executive Director of the California ...

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San Diego County Bar Foundation Awards $521,000 in Grants to 24 Local Nonprofits

SAN DIEGO (Mar. 12, 2019) – The San Diego County Bar Foundation has awarded $521,000 to 24 local nonprofit organizations providing legal services, public awareness education and improvements to the region’s justice and court system. The awards, from two Foundation grant programs — general and indigent criminal defense — focus on people and communities that are impacted by poverty, abuse and discrimination. Funds assist organizations that serve refugees, asylum seekers, immigrants, working poor, domestic violence victims, the disabled, veterans, the homeless, low ...

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San Diego County Bar Foundation Recognizes Leadership, Raises Funds at the 21st Annual “An Evening in La Jolla” Benefit

SAN DIEGO (Oct. 30, 2018) – The San Diego County Bar Foundation brought together the San Diego legal community’s finest at its 21st annual “An Evening in La Jolla” benefit, raising more than $130,000 to help at-risk communities gain access to proper legal services. The Foundation also recognized board members Brian Funk and Jean Walcher for their leadership and contributions to making its mission possible. “These awards are given when the board wants to recognize someone who has gone above and beyond to advance the ideals of the Bar Foundation,” said Neal ...

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CALIFORNIA INNOCENCE PROJECT CLIENT HORACE ROBERTS RELEASED AFTER 20 YEARS OF WRONGFUL INCARCERATION!

SAN DIEGO (October 24, 2018) The San Diego County Bar Foundation’s (SDCBF) Indigent Criminal Defense Fund (ICD) supports the California Innocence Project and other organizations that deliver effective legal representation and programs to assist accused people who cannot afford to hire an attorney. Last year, SDCBF provided California Western School of Law’s California Innocence Project $100,000 to bring a post-graduate law student on as a full-time fellow to work on wrongful conviction cases. News like the below is what makes our work so rewarding! “I am so ...

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