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The International Society of Barristers Foundation
The International Society of Barristers Foundation was created in 2002 as a 501(c)(3) private charitable foundation. The Foundation exists to support the same ideals as the International Society of Barristers - to retain trial by jury; provide training in trial advocacy; encourage civility in the adversary system; and support and improve our system of justice. The Foundation receives tax-deductible contributions, often in honor or in memory of named individuals, and makes grants in support of the Foundation's mission. Because the ISOB pays all the expenses of the Foundation, 100% of all donations are available to be distributed in the form of grants.
In 2018, the Foundation embarked on a very special project - seeking donations from ISOB Fellows in memory of John W. Reed, our beloved mentor and the Adminstrative Secretary of ISOB from 1981 to 2010. The response was outstanding with more than 120 Fellows and friends of ISOB gifting a total of $100,000.
At the March 2019 annual meeting of the Barristers in Tucson, a grant, in John's memory, was made to the Innocence Network, one of John's favorite charitable organizations. The Innocence Network has, as its mission, "to free the staggering number of innocent people who remain incarcerated, and to bring reform to the system responsible for unjust imprisonment." The grant will provide resources for the Innocence Network to provide advocacy training to lawyers involved in this very worthwhile project.
For 2019, the Foundation Board has decided to request donations for a grant to the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA). The mission of that organization is to "provide the best possible training in legal advocacy skills...and to foster professionally responsible behavior emphazising ethics, candor, civility, and judicial economy." That mission meshes nicely with the ideals of the ISOB and the ISOB Foundation. The grant to NITA in the spring of 2020 will provide money for the Spangenberg/Liber Scholarship Fund such that public service lawyers and lawyers without the means to participate in NITA trial advocacy training can do so.
Contributions may be made on line through this web page or sent to:
International Society of Barristers Foundation
Professor Donald H. Beskind
Post Office Box 21320
Durham, NC 27703
If the necessary names and addresses are provided at the time a donation is made, all gifts will be acknowledged to the donors, and, in the case of memorial or honoring gifts, the Foundation will notify the individuals or families involved of the donor's gift.