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Co-Sponsorship Program

The New Jersey State Bar Foundation (“NJSBF”) leads the nation in providing free law-related and violence prevention education to the public. By partnering with other organizations, we continue our commitment to broadening our public education campaign so that free legal information is available to New Jersey citizens statewide. We invite non-profit organizations to work with us so we can accomplish this goal together.

Our programs are made possible through funding from the IOLTA Fund of the Bar of New Jersey, which in 1988 began disbursing money generated from interest on lawyers’ trust accounts. Some of our most successful programs are those in which we’ve combined efforts to cosponsor a project with another nonprofit organization.

For example:

      • NJSBF supports The Arc of New Jersey’s Equal Justice Talks webinar series, which aims to highlight critical issues facing victims, witnesses and defendants with developmental disabilities and to increase understanding of the disadvantages faced by such populations in the criminal justice system.
      • For the past 30 years, NJSBF has worked jointly with the Community Health Law Project to present the award-winning annual Law and Disability Conference, which has helped explain laws that affect individuals with disabilities.
      • NJSBF partnered with Pushcart Players, a touring educational theater company, to bring history to life for schoolchildren throughout the state. With funding from NJSBF, Pushcart Players is able to present the musical, A More Perfect Union, which captures the spirit, action and causes of the United States founders as they formulated the Constitution. It encourages student audiences from K-5 to think about How our government was formed and Why, and to better prepare them for the sometimes-difficult conversation of political issues in the modern world.
      • Over the years, NJSBF has worked with a number of organizations to publish booklets explaining various aspects of the law to residents of New Jersey, from Disability Law: A Legal Primer, a project of the Essex County Bar Association, to the Students’ Rights Handbook, a booklet outlining the rights of students developed by the ACLU – NJ.

The online Co-Sponsorship application is available now and the deadline for submission is January 22, 2021. Click here to fill out the online application.

For questions or further information, contact Mary Jean Barnes, Director of Administration & Grants Programs at mjbarnes@njsbf.org.

We will be holding a virtual Information Session on December 16, 2020 at 10 a.m., so you can learn more about the Cosponsorship program, including the new online application. To register, Click Here.

2020-2021 Co-Sponsorships

The Foundation is supporting the following organizations and programs in fiscal year 2020-2021.

The ARC of New Jersey: Equal Justice Webinar Series
Community Health Law Project: Law and Disability Conference
Covenant House: Atlantic City Youth Advocacy Program
Eagleton Institute Center for Youth Political Participation: RU Ready, a civic engagement initiative
Make the Road NJ: Immigrants’ Rights Project
New Jersey State Bar Association: Legal Edge, a web portal connecting NJ attorneys with those in need
NJ Chapter of the National Association of Women Judges: Color of Justice Program
NJ LEEP: Legal Diversity Pipeline Program
PLAN/NJ: Legal and Estate Planning Education
Pushcart Players: More Perfect Union, a musical for students
Rutgers Law School—Camden: Foreclosure Defense Clinic*
Senior Center of the Chathams: Legal Forum Workshop
Seton Hall Law School: Foreclosure Defense Clinic*
Statewide Parent Advocacy Network
: Workshops and Resources for Families and Advocates
Women in Transition: Family Law Workshops and Newsletter
YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy: Youth and Government Program
YWCA Northern NJ: Title IX Training Series
YWCA Union County: Union County CARES Domestic Violence Symposium

*With restricted funds from Bank of America settlement

A few words from our cosponsors….

We are so grateful for the support the NJ State Bar Foundation has consistently offered. During this prolonged pandemic, as we reach more families and related professionals with this vital information via webinars and newsletter updates, we feel the impact of your contribution even more.

Ellen Nalven

Executive Director, PLAN/NJ

“With the support of the NJ State Bar Foundation, we are able to offer college staff the proper training needed to make them aware of the laws that are impacting their work and to ensure they are trained to meet their obligations. Your generosity is vital to what we can do together in the months to come.”

Helen Archontou

Chief Executive Officer, YWCA Northern New Jersey

“Since 2005, the Foundation has made it possible for Covenant House’s Youth Advocacy Center to provide legal services to homeless and at-risk youth. Our work with disadvantaged youth would not be possible without the support of the Foundation and we are grateful for this continued collaboration.”

Rani Cherian

Development Associate, Covenant House New Jersey

“Thank you for your continued support of NJ LEEP! Because of your support, we are growing our programs and serving more students and families in our community.”

Claire Dragon

Managing Director of External Engagement, NJ Leep