Nebraska State Bar Foundation

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The Foundation is fortunate to have 11 named endowments directed toward specific programs. The Infinity Fund’s proceeds differ from the named endowments. Its proceeds may be used to cover administrative costs of Foundation programs, while proceeds from the named endowments are directed 100% toward the purposes outlined by the generous donors.

The Bar Foundation’s Endowment Management Committee meets quarterly to oversee and manage all Foundation investments related to the endowment fund.

Robert and Joanne Berkshire NSBF Fund

The Berkshire NSBF Fund, a permanent endowment, was established by longtime Foundation supporters Bob and Joanne Berkshire. The net income is used to help finance the many programs of the Bar Foundation. By establishing the Fund, the Berkshires have demonstrated generosity and a long-term commitment to the Foundation's Law-Related Education programs.

Daniel J. Gross Fund

The purpose of the Gross Fund is to aid the charitable and welfare purposes of active, practicing Nebraska lawyers and their families through the relief of the poverty of such lawyers and their families.

High School Mock Trial Endowment

Created to help finance the Judge Lyle Strom High School Mock Trial Program, the High School Mock Trial Endowment directs its entire income to this one-of-a-kind educational activity. Gifts to this educational endowment may be made at any time.

Roman L. Hruska Institute for the Administration of Justice

The late Sen. Roman L. Hruska gave a gift to the Foundation to establish this Institute. Created in 1995, its purpose is to educate lawyers, law students, and the public-at-large in Nebraska to the importance of the administration of justice, particularly at the federal level through the conduct of symposia or lectures. In 2006, the Institute hosted United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Dan and Lorene Jewell Trial Education Fund

Dan Jewell was a preeminent Nebraska trial attorney and Bar Foundation Board member.  Through this gift, the Foundation has created the Dan Jewell Trial Institute to be offered on an annual basis to inexperienced trial attorneys. The inexperienced attorneys will have a personal mentor, who will offer a constructive critique to the participant.

Law Dean Endowments

The Nebraska State Bar Foundation recognized two distinguished lawyer-educators several years ago by establishing the Lawrence Raful Fund and the Harvey and Susan Perlman Professorship Fund. These endowments were created in the amount of $25,000 each. Each fund's principal will be a permanent endowment with only the net income being used. Gifts to either of the endowments may be made at any time.

Marvin G. and Virginia C. Schmid Law-Related Education Endowment

In 2005, Virginia Schmid established this endowment in memory of her husband Marvin, a past Foundation President. This charitable gift honors the Foundation’s fourth President and Gold Fellow, Marvin Schmid. Mr. Schmid was a strong Foundation supporter and through this thoughtful contribution the Foundation will be able to educate more Nebraskans. The interest earned from this endowment will be used to further the cause of Law-Related Education for the public in Nebraska.

Standing Bear Scholarship Fund

Informational Sheet
The Standing Bear Scholarship Fund was established by Foundation Fellow Charlie Wright and his wife Suzy to provide scholarships for Native American students at the University of Nebraska College of Law. The fund is in honor of Ponca Chief Standing Bear whose name and deeds commemorate the importance of those basic human rights that are guaranteed under our Constitution.

Geroge and Melrae Svoboda Legal Education Fund

Bar Foundation Past President George Svoboda and his wife Melrae established this permanent endowment in 2006.  It purpose is to fund Law-Related Education programs administered by the Bar Foundation.

Flavel A. Wright Fund for the Study of Constitutional Law

A very generous gift from Foundation Fellow, William F. Wright, was given to the Foundation in 2004. The Fund was established in honor of his father, Flav Wright, who served as the Bar Foundation’s first president. The Fund promotes the study of the Bill of Rights by students in grades four through six and the study of constitutional law, including the Bill of Rights, by students in grades seven through twelve.

Infinity Fund

This is a permanent endowment to ensure the administration and operation of all of the Bar Foundation’s programs and activities, including Law-Related Education (LRE) programs, will always be financially supported.


Law-Related Education