Foundation of the Federal Bar Association

The Foundation of the Federal Bar Association was chartered by Congress as a 501(c)(3) organization in 1954.

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The Foundation’s mission is to:

  • Promote and support legal research and education;
  • Advance the science of jurisprudence;
  • Facilitate the administration of justice;
  • Foster improvements in the practice of Federal law

The Foundation supports the following programs and initiatives:

  • Chapter Community Outreach Grants – provides funding to support community service projects and pro bono activities that involve FBA chapter participation.
  • Scholarships – awarded annually to a son or daughter of a current FBA member planning to attend a four-year college or university
  • Judicial Research and Education –analytical research, educational programs and activities related to the federal courts and federal jurisprudence
  • Awards and Recognition Opportunities – including the Elaine R. “Boots” Fisher Award; Ilene and Michael Shaw Public Service Award; and Ilene and Michael Shaw Younger Lawyer Public Service Grant

More information about each of these programs, including application forms and information about past recipients can be found on this website.

Programs such as these are made possible by charitable gifts from FBA members like you. Your donation may be tax deductible as a charitable contribution; please check with your tax advisor.


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Foundation Bylaws

(adopted December 11, 1957)
Article VII, Section 3 amended February 7, 1996
Article VII, Section 4 amended November 6, 1996
Article X, Section 3 amended July 18, 2003
Articles V and VI Amended February 28, 2019
Article V and Article VI, Section 4, amended April 8, 2019

Foundation Charter


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