Two months ago, an anonymous donor made an extraordinary gift to the Bar Foundation’s Justice Fund! In order to enable the Bar Foundation to accumulate $1 million in the Justice Fund, the Anonymous Donor has pledged a total of $200,000 over the next three years. This momentous donation will have an immense positive impact on the administration of justice and the provision of legal services here in West Virginia for many years into the future. The Bar Foundation Board of Directors, consisting of three judges and twelve lawyers from all parts of the state and all types of law practice, had set a fundraising goal of $1 million a few years ago and the Justice Fund has grown steadily through contributions to reach more than $700,000, as reported during the September quarterly Board meeting. The Anonymous Donor’s spectacular commitment to the Bar Foundation’s Justice Fund, which is the source of above normal grant payments, dramatically increases the positive impact of the Justice Fund, once the goal of $1 million is reached. This is not the first time that the Anonymous Donor has stepped forward to strongly support the Justice Fund. As reported in a previous Bar Brief, this WV leader made a $25,000 gift in December, 2018. It was the largest donation ever made during the Bar Foundation’s 31 year history— until this new exceptional gift was made two months ago. As it has done privately, the Bar Foundation Board of Directors publicly expresses its utmost gratitude and appreciation to the Anonymous Donor for the unbelievable example of service leadership!             
      The Bar Foundation Board of Directors announces that the grant application deadline is Friday, November 1. Bar Foundation grants are made to improve the administration of justice and the provision of legal services for WV citizens. Grants have occurred in five broad categories— public education, Law School scholarships, legal services for low income citizens, child abuse and neglect prevention and the Judicial Lawyer Assistance Program. The Grants Committee will review completed applications and make recommendations for decisions by the Board of Directors. The concise grant application form is available on the Bar Foundation’s website—wvbarfound.org Please notify worthwhile charitable organizations in your area, who meet the Bar Foundation’s grant mission, to apply during this quarterly cycle. Normal Bar Foundation grants are in the range of $3,000-$5,000.
      The WV Bar Foundation Board of Directors wishes to express its great thanks, again, to the following Sponsors/Contributors for the very successful 9th Annual Lunch and Laughs event which was held on Friday, September 13, 2019, at the Erickson Alumni Center in Morgantown: Steptoe and Johnson WVU President’s Office WVU College of Law WV Bar Foundation Judy and Rob Fisher, Esq. Justice Larry Starcher Judge Irene Keeley Judge Irene Berger Judge Edwin Flowers