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
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Applications for 2019 General Grant Fund and Indigent Criminal Defense Fund are Now Open
SAN DIEGO (July 06, 2018) – The San Diego County Bar Foundation is now accepting applications for its annual grant cycle. The Bar Foundation’s grant program awards local organizations that promote an understanding of the legal system and support victims of poverty, abuse and discrimination.
Since beginning its grant program in 1979, the Bar Foundation has awarded over 50 legal aid and public interest organizations with more than $3 million to provide legal services to ...
SAN DIEGO (May 2, 2018) – The San Diego County Bar Foundation announced its 2018 Distinguished Lawyer Memorial inductees, recognizing recently deceased lawyers and judges of the San Diego County Bar who have demonstrated significant commitment to their communities as well as superior legal skills and high ethical standards throughout their careers.
The Distinguished Lawyer Memorial Reception will be held at the University Club on Wed., May 23 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 ...
San Diego County Bar Foundation’s Indigent Criminal Defense Fund Awards $290,000 to Homeless, Juveniles and Veterans
SAN DIEGO (March 16, 2018) – The San Diego County Bar Foundation (SDCBF) has awarded $290,000 to organizations through its Indigent Criminal Defense Fund, benefiting those that deliver effective legal representation and programs to assist accused people who cannot afford to hire an attorney.
Seven nonprofits serving the homeless, juveniles, veterans and wrongly convicted criminal defendants in North County, Central/Downtown San Diego and East ...
Funds Provide Legal Aid to San Diegans Impacted By Poverty, Abuse and Discrimination
SAN DIEGO (Jan. 5, 2017) – The San Diego County Bar Foundation (SDCBF) awarded a total of $105,000 to 14 San Diego nonprofit organizations as part of its 2017 Grant Cycle. Grant recipients promote public understanding of the law through public service programs, improve the San Diego court system and expand the availability of legal services to county residents.
“We are grateful to all our corporate and individual donors who make it possible for us to provide these grants every ...
Three Local Nonprofits Use Grants to Serve Homeless and Veterans in Need
SAN DIEGO (Dec. 11, 2017) – California Veterans Legal Task Force, Father Joe’s Villages and Think Dignity, recipients of San Diego County Bar Foundation’s (SDCBF) Indigent Criminal Defense Fund, have reported results and success from the organization’s 2016 grant cycle.
Collectively, the group has assisted more than 230 local homeless and veterans by working on over 450 cases and providing education to 100-plus San Diegans in need. Each nonprofit applied its funding, a total of $110,000, ...
The San Diego County Bar Foundation’s 20th annual “An Evening in La Jolla,” the signature fundraising event for the San Diego legal community, has raised $120,000, providing much needed legal resources to foster children and at-risk youth, the sick and disabled, the elderly, immigrants, domestic violence victims, and more.
The Sept. 23 event at the Birch Aquarium gathered more than 350 legal and business professionals from the San Diego community. Judges, lawyers and legal supporters socialized while enjoying an array of food stations, a full Champagne bar and a ...