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T he Bergen County Bar Foundation inspires members of the legal profession to make a difference in the community. A non-profit organization incorporated in 1991, the Foundation reaches out to the community by creating, supporting and promoting programs which raise awareness of the legal system and support the legal rights of individual citizens.

Providing Community Education

The Foundation strives to bring legal education opportunities closer to the citizens of Bergen County.

Legal Education

Prominent Bergen County attorneys teach legal education courses in the Community Law Series at no charge to the public.
Foundation-produced shows on topics including Domestic Violence, Elder Law, Criminal Law, Municipal Court and Family Law appear on public access television channels.

Professional Seminars

Each year the Foundation supports the Symposium for Municipal Planning and Zoning Board Members.
A registered Professional Development Provider, the Foundation offers law-related workshops for educators and private citizens in the modern public meeting room of our headquarters building, The George W. Newman Law Building.

Youth Education

Each May, the Law Month Roundtable is an opportunity for high school students to visit the Bergen County Justice Center and participate as jurors in a mock trial presentation.
The Law Day Essay Contest encourages students to write winning compositions on patriotic themes.
The Record’s Debate Classic winning high schools receive cash prizes directly from the Foundation.
The Foundation underwrites costs for the live television broadcasts of the Bergen County Bar’s Mock Trial Competition.

Promoting Excellence in our Profession

In recent years, the Bergen County Bar Foundation has awarded $80,000 in scholarships to meet the financial needs of Bergen County’s best and brightest law school students.
The Foundation’s annual Achievement Awards recognize individuals from the community and the legal profession for their outstanding contributions and accomplishments in the areas of Lawyer Achievement, Community Service and Citizen Achievement.