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Expanding Knowledge & Advancing Justice

The American Bar Foundation (ABF) is among the world's leading research institutes for the empirical and interdisciplinary study of law. An independent, nonprofit organization for more than 60 years, the ABF seeks to advance the understanding and improvement of law through research projects of unmatched scale and quality on the most pressing issues facing the legal system in the United States and the world. The ABF's mission is to expand knowledge and advance justice through innovative, interdisciplinary, and rigorous empirical research on law, legal processes, and legal institutions. Read our mission statement»

The ABF is committed to broad dissemination of research findings to the organized bar, scholars, and the general public. The results of these findings are published in a wide range of forums, including leading academic journals, law reviews, and academic and commercial presses.

The ABF is recognized as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The ABF does not provide external grants. In the course of collaborative research efforts with other institutions, the ABF does not pay indirect costs. Primary funding for the ABF is provided by the American Bar Endowment (ABE) and the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation.

2017 Annual Report

Download the 2017 Annual Report, or read a shortened version of our Director's Report and Highlights. For a hard copy version of the 2017 Annual Report or to be added to our mailing list, please contact Danielle Gensburg


Impact Brochure

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Created by the American Bar Association (ABA) more than 60 years ago, and supported by annual grants from the American Bar Endowment (ABE), and by the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, the ABF conducts large-scale research projects on the most pressing issues facing the legal system in the United States and the world. Research at the ABF is conducted by a residential research faculty and over 50 affiliated scholars from across the nation and the world. The ABF is a thought leader in law and social science and a source of research that is shaping policy.

Officers and directors

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