The Foundation of the State Bar of California
awarded a $50,000 grant to the Conference of Delegates last month to
be used for long-range planning.
"We know they're now self-supporting and we
felt they needed some help to figure out where they're going and how
they're going to get there," said James Pfeiffer, foundation
The award marks only the second time the
foundation has given away $50,000, its largest grant. Pfeiffer said
the conference had asked for about double that amount.
Conference chair Laura Goldin of San Francisco
said the money will be used to put a fundraising program in place.
The conference was cut loose from the State Bar
after it became a target of critics who found its politics too liberal
and complained that mandatory dues were being used to fund its
It is now self-supporting, although there is an
option on attorneys' bar dues bills to contribute to the conference.
This year, its executive committee asked for a $10 contribution from
Bar officials said that as of Feb. 28, the
conference had received $127,407 from bar members, and the foundation,
which also sought donations through a dues check-off, has received