Fostering innovative legal education, promoting civic engagement, and addressing Allen County's law-related challenges.

Helping Allen County be a better place, legally!

The Allen County Bar Foundation was established in 1989 through the generosity of the attorneys practicing in Allen County. The purposes of the foundation are:

  1. Establish, support and conduct programs and activities designed to promote the public’s understanding of law and the legal system and to promote more effective delivery of legal services to the public.
  2. Establish, award and support scholarships for the study of law at accredited law schools.
  3. Conduct research, investigations and surveys of subjects, problems and activities related to law and its administration and publish reports based on the results obtained.
  4. Encourage and support traditional activities and innovative and broadened activities relating to the continuing education of practicing lawyers and the introduction of law school graduates to the practice of law, all enhancing the performance of ethical responsibilities by the legal profession.

Programs and projects funded by the ACBF include:

  • "We the People” competition for elementary, middle and high schools
  • Upgraded audio/visual equipment in the ACBA office for continuing legal education programs
  • Training for court advocates for immigrants
  • Preservation of the Allen County Courthouse
  • Project Peace
  • Mock trial competitions
  • Legal information programs for the public
  • Volunteer lawyer services
  • Law school scholarships

If you wish to support the ACBF, please contact Maribeth Leininger at (260)423-2359 or email the foundation. You may designate your contribution for a particular program or for general purposes. You may also make a donation in memory of someone or to honor someone for his/her contribution to the legal profession.

The Allen County Bar Foundation is a charitable organization as defined by Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.