Attorneys are encouraged to support and contribute to State Bar programs and bar-related entities
that are not funded by State Bar annual fees.
The list below summarizes the goals of those entities
and provides a link for additional information.
The Justice Gap Fund
implements AB 2301 (2006), which authorizes the State Bar to solicit contributions
from its members 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 acts in an advisory capacity to the
Board of Trustees to enhance diversity opportunities 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 Office of Bar Relations Outreach provides program development and support services to more than 270
voluntary bar associations
throughout the state.
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 Bar's legislative efforts help ensure the protection of the public in matters relating to the practice of law,
to increase access to and improve the delivery of legal services to the people of California,
and to improve the administration of justice in the state.
The State Bar's Governmental Affairs activities are funded entirely through voluntary sources.
The California Bar Foundation assists young people in developing an interest in the law
and in going to law school on scholarships.
A donation will:
Donations of $250 or more receive special recognition in the Leadership Circle.
In addition, contributions are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.
For more information, visit the foundation's website.
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.
In carrying out this mission, during the past year the society:
More than 90 percent of the society's revenue comes from donations by individual attorneys
through the State Bar dues process.
Those donations are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.
The independent 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 independent CCBA is not part of the State Bar of California and receives no bar funding.