What is the mission and purpose of the minority bar foundation ("MBF")?

The MBF was formed in 2004 to advance education and scholarship in the field of law and to advance diversity in the legal profession.  The MBF provides awards and academic scholarships to law students. The MBF also provides financial assistance to programs that support minority law school students and legal career pipeline objectives.


How does the MBF fulfill its mission?

The MBF works to ensure continued minority representation in the legal profession and empower these future leaders to help shape the justice system in Western New York and throughout New York State.


What programs does the MBF support?

The MBF provides outreach to high school and college students, professional guidance, education programs and financial assistance with LSAT preparation to students.  Additionally, University at Buffalo School of Law students are mentored and supported with resources to maximize  success in passing the New York State Bar exam.


How does the MBF raise money?

Annual Support

The MBF is recognized by the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County.  Individuals and groups may designate their gift to the Bar Foundation when a donation is made to the United Way.

Special Events

The MBF hosts an annual reception and awards ceremony where we honor attorneys and leaders in the community whose work exemplifies and advances the mission and purpose of the MBF.


Members of the MBF and leaders in the community can demonstrate a commitment to the MBF by becoming a Fellow.  Through participation in the Fellows Program, individual lawyers and friends of the legal community can make a pledge that will secure the future of the MBF.  Fellows pledge $2,500 ($250 per year for ten years) or $2,350 in one lump sum payment.  Fellows can continue their support after completing their original pledges by becoming Silver or Gold Level Fellows, with gifts totaling $5,000 and $10,000 respectively.  The money contributed by Fellows fund the endowment to ensure that the Bar Foundation is poised to support future programs and MBF efforts.

 Legacy Fellows and Planned Giving

The Legacy Fellows Program is a way for an individual to support the MBF through a future gift in their estate plan.  Such gifts will help secure the charitable outreach programs of the Bar Foundation for generations to come.


Are contribution to the MBF tax deductible?

The Minority Bar Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization (Tax ID: 03-0543924).  While contributions may be tax deductible, please contact a tax adviser regarding individual circumstances.


Does the MBF provide grants to individuals or other organizations?

Yes.  The MBF supports programs and projects that are consistent with and advance the mission of the Foundation. 


Who runs the MBF?

Our Board of Directors is comprised of the Executive Committee including the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer as well as general Board members. For a list of our current Board of Directors click here.