The Memphis Bar Foundation was established in 1982 by eighteen charter fellows to serve as the philanthropic arm of the Memphis Bar Association. The Memphis Bar Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization, which provides a platform for attorneys and others in the legal profession to give back to the community through tax-deductible contributions. The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directions, who serve a two-year term. The Memphis Bar Foundation is housed at and receives staff support from the Memphis Bar Association.
The Foundation fulfills its mission in several ways:
The Foundation annually nominates attorneys and judges to become Fellows. Nominees are chosen based on their devoted and distinguished service to the legal profession and the administration of justice and their adherence to the highest standards of professional ethics and personal conduct. Distinguised List of Memphis Bar Foundation Fellows
The Foundation awards grants to non-profit organizations to support projects and programs. Over the years, the Foundation has awarded grants to:
Benjamin L. Hooks Award
The Foundation presents the Benjamin L. Hooks Award to an attorney or judge whose activities, both locally and on a national level, have significantly contributed to social justice and professionalism in the law. The award was first presented in 1998 to Benjamin L. Hooks, for whom it was named. The second recipient was the Hon. Bernice Bouie Donald, who was honored with the award in 2002. Other recipients of the award are S. Shepherd Tate, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and A.C. Wharton.
The Irvin Bogatin Social Justice Award and the Irvin Bogatin Scholarship are sponsored by the Bogatin Fund, created by the family and friends of the late Irvin Bogatin to honor his legacy of pursuing social justice. Mr. Bogatin was a Charter Fellow and first President of the Memphis Bar Foundation. He also helped to found Memphis Area Legal Services and served as President of the Memphis Bar Association from 1971-72. The recipients of the award and scholarship are selected by the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.
Help the Memphis Bar Foundation increase its ability to impact the community, other attorneys, and children by:
Board of Directors of Memphis Bar Foundation
President - Phyllis Aluko
Vice President - Beth Bradley
Treasurer - Linda Nettles Harris
Secretary - Kim Mullins
Hon. Gina Higgins
Ex Officio - Marc Reisman, Immediate Past President
Peter Gee - President, Memphis Bar Association
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