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The ABF Receives $3.6 Million Grant from the American Bar Endowment

April 12, 2018, ABF news

 The American Bar Endowment (ABE) has awarded a nearly $3.6 million grant to the American Bar Foundation (ABF), one of the world’s leading research institutes for the empirical and interdisciplinary study of law. The grant will support the ABF’s acclaimed research, publications and programs that advance justice and the understanding of law and its impact on society. The ABE announced that it will award nearly $7.4 million in total grants to the ABF, American Bar Association Fund for Justice and Education (FJE), and twelve grassroots programs that support important law-related research, education and public service. For the second year in a row, the ABE has awarded several Opportunity Grants in support of grassroots projects working to improve access to legal assistance in underserved communities.

“As the nation's leading independent research institute for the empirical study of law, the American Bar Foundation advances justice and increases the understanding of the law through research projects focused on the most pressing legal issues in the U.S. and the world," Ajay Mehrotra, Executive Director of the ABF, said in a press release issued by the ABE about its 2018 grant recipients on April 12, 2018. "The ABE's annual grant is critical to the advancement of our research, and we are incredibly grateful to them and their generous members for their ongoing support."

The ABE is a not-for-profit corporate public charity that sponsors high quality, affordable life and disability insurance for American Bar Association (ABA) members. The ABE’s mission is to generate funds for the support of law-related research, educational, and public service projects through its insurance program and other programs that encourage charitable giving. Through the ABE, ABA members can donate dividends to help fund over 200 legal research and public service projects. Over 80 percent of ABE-insured members donate their available dividends annually, which is the source of approximately two-thirds of the ABE’s grant funding.

The ABF has received annual grants from the ABE since its founding in 1952. This $3.6 million grant is the largest amount the ABF has received in the past eight years and will support the foundation’s research projects during the 2018-19 fiscal year. The ABF’s current research projects include a joint initiative with the ABA to better understand the unique career dynamics facing women in the legal field, a long-term, empirical study of career satisfaction and occupational mobility in the legal profession, an initiative to promote opportunity and mobility through law and policy within the U.S. Latino population, an evaluation of access to justice and civil legal needs, and an assessment of the effects of parental incarceration on children. Over the past 60 years, the ABE has granted over $270 million to the ABF and the ABA Fund for Justice and Education.

To read the ABE's press release about its 2018 grant recipients, click here

Posted by Danielle Gensburg

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