AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION FUND FOR JUSTICE AND EDUCATION

Legal Services Are Human Services

aka ABA Fund for Justice and Education   |   CHICAGO, IL   |  https://www.americanbar.org/groups/departments_offices/fund_justice_education/

Mission

Under its 501(c)3 charitable auspices, the ABA Fund for Justice and Education seeks, receives and acknowledges private donations for the ABA’s public service programs that improve the profession, increase access to justice, strengthen our legal system and advance the rule of law. This work is conducted by ABA entities (commissions, committees, task forces, forums, divisions and sections) through their programming, initiatives and services.

Ruling year info

1963

Executive Director

Mr. Jack L. Rives

Main address

321 N CLARK ST, 21st Floor ABA Fund for Justice & Education

CHICAGO, IL 60654 USA

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EIN

36-6110299

NTEE code info

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The ABA Fund for Justice and Education seeks to address a myriad of problems pertaining to: AREAS FOR GROWTH IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION: Promote the highest quality legal education. Promote competence, ethical conduct and professionalism. Promote pro bono and public service by the legal profession. BIAS AND ENHANCE DIVERSITY Promote full and equal participation in the association, our profession, and the justice system by all persons. Eliminate bias in the legal profession and the justice system. OBSTACLES THAT LIMIT THE RULE OF LAW Increase public understanding of and respect for the rule of law, the legal process, and the role of the legal profession at home and throughout the world. Hold governments accountable under law. Work for just laws, including human rights, and a fair legal process. Assure meaningful access to justice for all persons. Preserve the independence of the legal profession and the judiciary.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

ABA Fund for Justice and Education

The ABA Fund for Justice and Education endeavors to find alignments between the philanthropic community's priorities and the Association’s law-related public service and educational programs that are broad in scope and address a wide range of social, financial, and legal circumstances. Within this overarching goal, the ABA’s charitable endeavors impact the greater good by:
• Seeking to ensure access to justice and the rule of law through: publications, policy development and advocacy, lawyer and judicial training, systemic reform initiatives, advancement of pro bono opportunities and service and legal service delivery model innovations;
• Striving to improve the justice system and people’s lives, improve outcomes for clients, and provide technical assistance for better administration of public programs and
• Bringing about a more diverse and inclusive legal profession that better reflects the fabric of our society.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Under its 501(c)3 charitable auspices, the ABA Fund for Justice and Education seeks, receives and acknowledges private donations for the ABA’s public service programs that improve the profession, increase access to justice, strengthen our legal system and advance the rule of law. This work is conducted by ABA entities (commissions, committees, task forces, forums, divisions and sections) through their programming, initiatives and services toward these specific goals:

• Deliver Meaningful Pro Bono Assistance and Legal Services
• Maintain a Highly Skilled Legal Profession and Judiciary
• Educate the Public about Legal Rights, Responsibilities, and Resources
• Cultivate Systemic Reforms that Increase Access to Justice

From Children to Seniors
• The Center on Children and the Law and the Commission on Youth at Risk promotes justice for children and young adults by improving legal representation and strengthening legal systems in areas including child welfare, education, immigration, kin/relative care, and health. Prompted by the Center, FY 2019 saw policy change at the US Department of Health and Human Services that opens up hundreds of millions of dollars per year to support children’s attorneys and parents’ attorneys that provide high quality legal representation across the country.
• The Division for Public Education devises creative materials that engage high school students and fosters increased civic engagement through its National Civics and Law Academy. The Division is collaborating with the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) at the 100th NCSS Annual Conference -- the largest gathering of K-12 social studies classroom teachers, college and university faculty members, curriculum designers and specialists, district and state social studies supervisors, international educators, and social studies discipline leaders in the United States.
• The Commission on Law and Aging protects the legal rights, dignity, autonomy, quality of life and quality of care of older adults. Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the Commission identifies and catalyzes policy and practices nationwide, providing research, advocacy, educational materials, and technical assistance for lawyers, policy makers, and social service providers.

Access to Justice
• The Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Services fosters pro bono service for the underserved through volunteer efforts of legal professionals nationwide. It spearheads ABA Free Legal Answers (FLA), an online portal connecting low-income individuals to free advice for civil legal questions. From a 2019 pro-social evaluation, we learned that every $1 invested in the ABA FLA project creates $7 worth of social capital, producing $7.3M in social capital in just one year.
• The Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel works to enhance the scope, quality, and delivery of free or affordable legal services to military personnel and their family members. Through Operation Stand by Me, civilian attorneys consulted with 525 military attorneys on servicemembers’ legal issues. In addition, 162 servicemembers’ families received legal help from The Standing Committee’s cadre of pro bono attorneys.
• The Center for Human Rights promotes and protects human rights worldwide by mobilizing lawyers to help threatened advocates, rallying thought leaders on vital issues, and holding abusive governments accountable. The Center completed the first year of the two-year TrialWatch Project which entailed fourteen trial observations for the Project, with another 10 pending. It has recruited 133 trial monitors to date.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    The ABA serves its 250,000 members along with their pro bono clients and other endeavors to enhance the legal profession. ABA seeks to improve the profession, increase access to justice, strengthen our legal system and advance the rule of law.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    The ABA impacts the greater good by: • Seeking to ensure access to justice and the rule of law through: publications, policy development and advocacy, lawyer and judicial training, systemic reform initiatives, advancement of pro bono opportunities and service and legal service delivery model innovations; • Striving to improve the justice system and people’s lives, improve outcomes for clients, and provide technical assistance for better administration of public programs and • Bringing about a more diverse and inclusive legal profession that better reflects the fabric of our society.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.),

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION FUND FOR JUSTICE AND EDUCATION

Board of directors
as of 2/16/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Reginald Turner

Clark Hill PLC

Term: 2021 - 2022

Patricia Refo

Snell & Wilmer LLP

Lynn Allingham

John Bailey

US Northern District Court

Pamila Brown

Jennifer Busby

Burr & Forman LLP

John Cruden

Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.

Marvin Dang

Law Office of Marvin S. C. Dang

Jamie Davis

Walmart

Lucian Dervan

SlU School of Law

Michael Drumke

Swanson Martin & Bell LLP

James Durant

US Department of Energy

Deborah Enix-Ross

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Bonnie Fought

Koji Fukumura

Cooley LLP

Leonard Gilbert

Holland & Knight, LLP

Vickie Glisson

Patrick Goetzinger

Gunderson Palmer et al

Chris Hickey

Rubin & Levin PC

Russel Hilliard

Upton & Hatfield LLP

James Holmes

Sedgwick Detert Moran & Arnold

Barbara Howard

Barbara J. Howard Company, LPA

Seymour James

Barket Epstein Kearon Aldea & Loturco

Grant Killoran

O'Neil Cannon Hollman DeJong SC

Shayde Le

Barran Liebman LLP

Richard Lipton

Baker & McKenzie LLP

James Lockemy

South Carolina Circuit Court

Elizabeth Meyers

Van De Poel Levy & Allen

Amy Meyerson

Law Office of Amy Lin Meyerson

Maureen O'Rourke

Boston University School of Law

Michael Oths

4th District Court

Linda Parks

Hite Fanning & Honeyman LLP

Beverly Quail

Mary Ryan

Andrew Schpak

Barran Liebman LLP

Laura Sharp

The Sharp Firm

Kevin Shepherd

Venable Foundation, Inc

Sheila Hollis

Duane Morris LLP

Neeharika Thuravil

Charles Vigil

Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin & Robb

Pauline Weaver

William Weisenberg

Ohio State Bar Association

Thomas Wilkinson

Cozen O'Connor

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/16/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/16/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.