The State Bar encourages attorneys to support and contribute to bar-related groups that the bar does not fund. Contributions are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.
The list below describes the goals of the programs and groups targeted for donations as well as where you can find additional information.
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The Justice Gap Fund implements AB 2301 (2006), a law that authorizes the State Bar to solicit contributions from attorneys to support legal services for low-income Californians.
Legal services for the indigent are a critical component of the justice system, helping to improve trust and confidence in the court system and working to ensure justice for vulnerable individuals who cannot represent themselves.
The Elimination of Bias Fund maintains programs that address concerns of bias in the legal profession. In addition to funding various outreach and education activities, the Elimination of Bias Fund supports the work of the Council on Access & Fairness, which advises the Board of Trustees on enhancing diversity and advancement in the legal profession. Initiatives to educate students about the law and legal career opportunities are also a focus of the council.
The State Bar's Governmental Affairs activities include advocating and advancing agency policies, budgetary items, and legislative priorities; while ensuring positive and effective relations between the State Bar, the Legislature, and the executive branch of government.
The mission of the California Supreme Court Historical Society is twofold: preserving the rich legal history of our state and broadening public understanding of and appreciation for the contributions of courts and attorneys to California's history.
The Conference of California Bar Associations (CCBA) provides California attorneys with an effective way to make positive changes to California public policy and statutory law by developing, debating, sponsoring and lobbying for legislation.
Each year delegates from local and specialty bars throughout the state develop resolutions proposing changes in state statutes and the rules of court and debate those resolutions at the CCBA's annual conference. There are often more than 100. With the help and guidance of the CCBA's legislative representatives, many of those resolutions are then introduced as legislation and lobbied for in the California Legislature.
The CCBA is not part of the State Bar of California and receives no bar funding.