|KCBA Charitable Foundation-About Us|
The Kern County Bar Association (KCBA) Charitable Foundation was established in 2000 to enhance public trust in the legal system and the legal profession, and to provide an avenue for charitable giving which will recognize, promote, and encourage professionalism, equal access to justice, and public awareness of the role of judges and lawyers in our community.
Each of us have our own identity. Some portion of our legal identity is our role in the legal community. Lawyers (and our judges who, of course, used to be lawyers) are an interesting group of people. We are educated, well read, and are generally a charitable and giving group -- to charities that we believe in. If you have not been keeping track of our KCBA Charitable Foundation, please read on -- and be prepared to acknowledge that our Foundation is a charity that we can all believe in and support.
Our Foundation has been around for more than ten years. Building our Foundation has been a slow process, but we are gathering steam -- and we have been making a positive impact in our community.
Here is a quick summary of all that we do: We are stimulating interest in the law in students at all levels, we are recognizing and promoting the efforts and roles of our judges and judicial officers, and we are giving back to the community in many ways.
The Arthur E. Wallace Scholarship
We established this scholarship at the time of Judge Wallace's retirement from the bench. the scholarship is awarded to a law student who has ties to Kern County and who exemplifies the attributes that caused Judge Wallace to be greatly respected and admired. We have awarded the scholarship to five law students, three of whom are now practicing law in Bakersfield. The fund is building, and it would be great to continue to build the fund to ensure that we can continue to honor Judge Wallace's memory for many years to come. Download your scholarship application here, deadline for submission is February 2, 2015. Arthur_E._Wallace_Scholarshi.pdf
Many here in the legal field donate their time to coach teams or judge the competition. Our Foundation donates significant funds every year to the Kern County Mock Trial Championship team to help defray their costs associated with the statewide competition.
We the People
The Foundation donates funds to the Kern County We the People championship team to defray the costs associated with the statewide competition, when the competition is outside of Kern County.
Constitution Day Book Giveaway
Every year the Foundation donates two books to each elementary school in Kern County. The books focus on the U.S. Constitution and our judicial system. Attorneys and judges volunteer to read the books to students at many of the schools on Constitution Day.
Ready Set Back 2 School
In partnership with the Kern County Department of Child Support Services, we provide backpacks and school supplies to children before school starts each fall. Click here to donate.
Open Doors to Federal Court
Our Foundation supports the Federal District Court (Eastern District) by coordinating and assisting with an annual program that provides high school students with an opportunity to meet the Magistrate Judge, observe a mock trial, and hear presentations from various federal agencies about the type of work they do and opportunities in the federal government.
There are other projects that the Foundation has undertaken in the spirit of giving back to our community, providing educational opportunities, and supporting the mission of educating the young people and the public about our legal system and the role of the judiciary. These efforts require fuel, both in terms of volunteer efforts as well as money. Many of our judges and attorneys routinely donate money to the Foundation.
The volunteer Board is comprised of past and the present Kern County Bar Association presidents along with the immediate past president of the Young Lawyers. All of the Board members take seriously the responsibility of wisely using the funds that are donated.
Please donate generously. We promise to make you proud of the good works that we as a profession can contribute to our community.
If you have any suggestions for new activities, or ideas for giving back to our community, please communicate with a member of the Foundation Board.
2017 Board of Directors