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Fund created to honor bar foundation leader

Jim Pfeiffer
Pfeiffer

A memorial fund honoring the first executive director of the Foundation of the State Bar has been established to accept contributions that will support one of the foundation’s educational programs. Donations to the Jim Pfeiffer Legal Heritage Memorial Fund will help underwrite the Legal Heritage Institute, a program that introduces high school students to the legal profession.

Pfeiffer, who was 60, headed the foundation for 13 years before his 2003 retirement due to Parkinson’s disease. He died Jan. 14 in a hiking accident in the Marin headlands.

Pfeiffer spent his career as a fundraiser for nonprofit organizations, including the YMCA and the Roman Catholic diocese of San Jose. He joined the bar foundation in 1990, where he worked solo for eight years before hiring an assistant.

Pfeiffer “understood the importance of investing in our youth, as reflected in the giving programs he effectuated professionally throughout his career and in his own personal giving and interactions,” said Pauline Gee, a member of the foundation’s board of directors. The foundation supports law-related educational projects and offers scholarships to law students who want to pursue public interest law. 

Donations to the new fund are tax-deductible. Checks should be made payable to the Foundation of the State Bar of California and sent to 180 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94105, with a notation that it is for the Pfeiffer Memorial Fund.

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