Director, New Jersey State Bar Foundation
Foundation Solicits Candidates for Board of Trustees
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The New Jersey State Bar Foundation's Nominating Committee is inviting State Bar Association members and non-lawyers to submit their resumes for consideration for positions on the Foundation's Board of Trustees. There are 11 trustee positions, and each nominated trustee would serve for a one-year term beginning on June 15, 2006. Trustees are eligible to serve a maximum of eight terms on the Board. The New Jersey State Bar Foundation, the charitable and educational arm of the New Jersey State Bar Association, provides a wide variety of free, law-related education services to the public. The Foundation’s mission is: to foster an increased awareness, appreciation and
knowledge of law and the legal system among New Jersey residents; to serve as the statewide resource for law-related education for the public; to provide opportunities for lawyers to serve the public through the Foundation’s programs; to foster professionalism and pride in the profession of law through public service.
With generous support from the legal community, as well as funding from the IOLTA Fund of the Bar of New Jersey, the Foundation was able to continue to broaden its reach to New Jersey residents last year. Nearly 2.3 million copies of Foundation written or sponsored publications were distributed to the public, including our school-based publications, The Legal Eagle and the Respect newsletter. Several new publications were produced as well, including an updated version of Law Points for Senior Citizens, and an updated Bill of Rights Bulletin for students throughout the state. In addition, the Foundation successfully fought for the rights of our high school mock trial champions, Torah Academy of Bergen County, to compete at the national level by securing an accommodation that allowed the team to compete while also being able to observe their religious Sabbath. Also, in partnership with the George Street Playhouse, more than 80,000 students throughout New Jersey saw productions dealing with the important issues of tolerance and diversity, as well as violence prevention. Some 1,500 teachers received training through the Foundation’s programs last year to help them teach the law in their classrooms and instill in their students the skills needed to resolve conflict without resorting to violence. As well, the Foundation’s website, www.njsbf.org, received 493,000 unique visits in 2005. The Foundation also provides grants to other nonprofit organizations for free programs that educate the public about the law, and sponsors Fellowship programs with unique community outreach initiatives at each of New Jersey’s three law schools.
Attorney candidates for the Foundation Board must be members of the New Jersey State Bar Association. Non-attorneys are also eligible to be trustees of the Foundation. All interested candidates must send a resume, and brief statement discussing why they would like to serve on the Board of Trustees, how their service would complement the mission of the Foundation and any relevant experience they would bring to the Board. Nominations should be forwarded to Angela C. Scheck, Executive Director, New Jersey State Bar Foundation, One Constitution Square, New Brunswick, N.J. 08901-1500, no later than Friday, April 7, 2006.