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Flowchart of ABE & ABA relationship

Fund for Justice and Education

For the 2010-2011 year, the American Bar Endowment will be donating over three million dollars to help the FJE fulfill its mission of improving the American legal system through law-related public service and educational programs which increase access to justice, strengthen the legal system and promote public understanding of the law. With the support from the FJE, ABA entities work with government entities, foundations, state and local bar associations and not-for-profit organizations to improve the delivery of legal services to those in need.

Listed below are some of the ABA entities that receive support through the FJE and the projects that are currently receiving funding:

Legal Services Division

  • Website improvement
  • Innovative Fundraising Ideas for Legal Services Manual
  • Peer Consulting Project

Young Lawyers Division

  • Law and the Student Citizen
    • Coming of Age
    • Operation Arbitration
    • Teens Speak Out
  • Combating Domestic Violence

Center on Children and the Law

  • Permanency Planning Project
  • Satellite Television Conference
  • Mid-Atlantic Conference on Child Welfare Agencies and the Courts

Commission on Legal Problems of the Elderly

  • ABA Legal Guide for Older Americans
  • Effects of Medicare Project
  • Technical Assistance to Elderly Organizations

Commission on Opportunities for Minorities in the Profession

  • Minority Judicial Clerkship Program
  • Summit on the Retention of Minority Lawyers in Private Practice
  • Minority Law Student Scholarships

Commission on Women in the Profession

  • "Best Practices in the Legal Profession" Project
  • Updates of Best Selling Publications
  • Presentations for Publications

Center for Professional Responsibility

  • The Compendium of Professional Responsibility Rules and Standards Manual
  • National Study on State Professionalism
  • Model Rules of Professional Conduct Manual

National Judicial College

  • Comparative Law Program
  • Special Courses on Aspects of Law

Center for Continuing Legal Education

  • Distance Learning Team
  • ABA Journal Articles
  • "ABA-CLE On Demand" Audio Library

Legal Education Accreditation Project

For more information on all these projects or for further information on the Fund for Justice and Education, please call 1-312-988-5404.

American Bar Foundation

For the 2010-2011 fiscal year, the American Bar Endowment will be donating over three million dollars to help the ABF fulfill its mission as a non-profit, independent national research institute committed to basic empirical research on law and legal institutions. For more than 40 years, the Foundation's research products have served to expand knowledge of the theory and functioning of law, legal institutions, and the legal profession.

Foundation researchers use a wide array of research methods, such as sample surveys, observational studies, documentary analysis, structured interviews, statistical analysis of major data sets, experiments, and historical and comparative analysis.

Listed below are some of the projects of the ABF which the ABE currently is helping to fund:


Urban Lawyers: The New Social Structure of the Bar, a recently published book, is based on interviews with some 800 Chicago lawyers and reports on the forces that have transformed the urban bar over a twenty-year period. John P. Heinz,* Robert L. Nelson,* Rebecca L. Sandefur, and Edward O. Laumann

After the JD: A Longitudinal Study of Lawyers' Careers is tracking, for ten years, a national sample of lawyers who passed the bar in 2000 to illuminate the factors shaping career trajectories. Ronit Dinovitzer, Bryant Garth, Robert L. Nelson,* and Joyce Sterling

From Law School to Later Life is studying the evolution of lawyers' careers, particularly differences in career tracks between men and women. John Hagan,* Fiona Kay, and Ronald J. Daniels

Cause Lawyering in Context: The Constraints and Opportunities of Practicing Public Law in Public Interest Law Firms will provide an unprecedented, empirical portrait of the public interest bar. Laura Beth Nielsen,* Catherine Albiston

Legal Services for the Poor: A Supply Side Analysis is mapping the field of pro bono in Chicago to determine how law firms and corporate law departments influence the delivery of legal services to the poor. Stephen Daniels, * Joanne Martin*

Plaintiffs' Lawyers and the Evolution of Tort Law and Practice in Texas is examining the impact of tort reform on lawyers' practices. Stephen Daniels, * Joanne Martin*

Law School Language: Learning to Think Like a Lawyer is a forthcoming book (2005) that draws on transcribed tapes of Contracts classes in eight law schools to report on the process by which law students are reoriented during legal training. Elizabeth Mertz*


Justice in the Balkans: Prosecuting Crimes of War in the Hague Tribunal is a recent book that documents the role that the Tribunal's prosecutors played in building the institution's credibility and visibility. John Hagan*

A Peace Corps for Lawyers is an historical and empirical study of the ABA's Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative (CEELI) program and its life-course implications for its voluntary lawyer participants. John Hagan,* Ron Levi

The Globalization of Insolvency Law-Making is an empirical study of the emerging global norms that have transformed bankruptcy law in developing and transitional societies in Asia. Terence Halliday,* Bruce Carruthers

Popular Justice, Communal Violence, and Alternative Policing in the New South Africa is mapping and analyzing the various forms of alternative law enforcement and popular justice that have emerged in South Africa since 1994. John Comaroff,* Jean Comaroff

The "Legalization" of Medicine in AIDS Treatment and Research is examining the way in which treatment regimes, in the United States, Africa, and Thailand, have come to be constructed and diffused as a kind of law. Carol Heimer*


The Civil Jury at Work is using an unprecedented data set of 50 videotaped jury trials along with juror deliberations to evaluate an Arizona reform that allowed jurors to talk about the case among themselves as the trial proceeded and to assess the role of experts, such as engineers or nurses, who serve on the jury. Shari Diamond,* Neil Vidmar, and Mary Rose

The Social Psychological Role of Subjective Harm in Punishment Judgments is examining the effect of victim impact testimony on sentencing decisions by jurors. Janice Nadler,* Mary Rose

Public Opinion on the Civil Justice System is investigating how public opinion on civil justice is measured, by whom and for what purposes, and how and why it changes over time. Stephen Daniels*


Consequences of Lawbreaking in Young People's Lives: Delinquency and Depression in the Transition to Adult Disadvantage is using data on a large national sample of adolescent youth to test a model that considers the causal relationship between delinquency and depression and their linkages to early problems in adulthood. John Hagan*

The Social and Economic Impact of Roe v. Wade is exploring the social implications of legalized abortion, including the link between liberalized abortion laws and declining crime rates. Steven Levitt*, John Donohue

Measuring the Impact of Crack Cocaine is developing a statistical index to measure the extent to which crack cocaine can account for adverse trends in many indicators of African-American progress during the 1990s. Steven Levitt*, Roland Fryer*


Understanding the Contribution of Legislation, Social Activism, Markets, and Choice to the Economic Progress of African Americans explores the relationship between legal policies and other factors that determine the wages of African Americans, both historically and currently. James Heckman*

The Foundation and Application of Disparate Impact Doctrine is examining the legal theory of disparate impact and is questioning empirically whether the concept should be applied to fields such as organ transplantation. James Heckman*

The Genesis and Development of Employment Discrimination Lawsuits is using data on complaints filed with the EEOC, federal discrimination cases, and interviews to reveal the actual dynamics of employment discrimination disputes. Laura Beth Nielsen,* Robert Nelson*


The Impact of Banks, Regulation, and Taxes on Entrepreneurial Ventures is using confidential census data to examine the effects of government policies and local lending rates on the success or failure of small businesses. Austan Goolsbee*

My Brother's Keeper is investigating how fiduciaries, who make medical, custodial, financial, and other decisions for those no longer able to do so themselves, exercise their responsibilities. Susan Shapiro*


The Creation of the American Liberal State explores the role law played in the development of a restructured style of American governance that emerged in the twentieth century. William Novak*

Suing Mr. Ford: Antisemetism and Hate Speech in Modern America uses a famous libel case involving automaker Henry Ford to explore the history of American antisemetism and its relationship to group libel law. Victoria Woeste*

Law, Work, and Culture in Early America is examining the legal history of work and labor during the first two centuries of American history. Christopher Tomlins*

The Supreme Court of the United States: The Pursuit of Justice is a recently published book (2005), written by eighteen collaborating scholars under the auspices of the ABF, that offers a fresh, historical portrait of the U.S. Supreme Court. Christopher Tomlins*


For more information on all these projects or for further information on American Bar Foundation, please visit their website at www.abfn.org or call 1-312-988-6575.

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