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Albany County Bar Foundation

Incorporated in 1993, the Albany County Bar Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation which furthers the goals of the Albany County legal community.  The Foundation works with the Albany County Bar Association to facilitate and promote access to justice and legal services; sponsor and encourage research, publications, institutes and forums for the furtherance of justice under the law; to establish scholarships and promote the study of law; to provide continuing education for lawyers; and to institute and maintain legal aid facilities for the indigent.


The Foundation’s community engagement and grant program further the Foundation’s fundamental goals: 

(1) to advance legal research and education; 

(2) to improve the administration of justice; 

(3) to promote professional ethics and responsibility and service to the public; 

(4) to cultivate the preparation of the history and traditions of law, the courts and the legal profession; 

(5) to encourage better public understanding of our legal heritage and the law; 

(6) to aid in making legal institutions more responsive to the public interest; 

(7) to sponsor studies, conferences, publications and any and all other means of discourse, communication and exchange of ideas appropriate to the foregoing; and 

(8) to promote social welfare, elimination of prejudice and discrimination, protection of human and civil liberties protected by law and insuring the availability of qualified legal assistance of any kind to the members of the community.

The Foundation works with community partners in furtherance of the Foundation’s goals and objectives. If your organization is interested in working with the Foundation, please contact the Foundation at acba@albanycountybar.com.  


Albany County Bar Foundation Board (2020) 


Hon. Christina Ryba, NYS Supreme Court Judge



Shalini Natesan, Esq., Barclay Damon


Board of Directors

Hon. Eugene Devine, NYS Court Appellate Division

Hon. Joshua Farrell, Albany City Court - Criminal Part

Hon. Roger Fritts, Retired

Jim Hacker, Esq., E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy, LLP

Kasey Hildonen, Esq., NYS Attorney General’s Office

Daniel Hurteau, Esq., Nixon Peabody

Patrick Jordan, Esq., Port of Albany

Glenna Morgan, Esq., Hinman Straub PC

Dana Salazar, Esq., Salazar and Erikson, LLP

Janet Silver, Esq., Hinman Straub  PC


Foundation Grants

The Foundation manages and distributes an annual grant program, which provides grant funding to organizations that assist individuals and their children who are in need of access to justice or legal services.  The Foundation’s grant program has benefited numerous community organizations throughout Albany County for well over a decade. The Foundation’s grant program is funded entirely through generous donations and fundraising events, like the annual Law Day 5K.   

>> Download the 2021 Grant Application 

Past Albany County Bar Foundation Grant Recipients include the organizations such as the Albany County Family Court Help Center, Albany Law School, Equinox, In Our Own Voices, The Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, The Legal Project, St. Catherine's Center for Children and STEM, to name a few. 



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