The National Association of Bench and Bar Spouses, Incorporated (NABBS, Inc.) is a not-for-profit organization comprised of the spouses and surviving spouses of members of the National Bar Association, and members of other Bars within the United States of America and its territories.
Since 1969, our organization has awarded the Dorothy Atkinson Legal Education Scholarship to underrepresented and high-achieving law students.
The purpose of the Organization shall be to execute charitable and/or educational endeavors. The Organization shall promote a closer union among spouses and surviving spouses of lawyers and judges on local, national and international levels. It shall also foster such activities designed to enhance the prestige of the legal profession through educational, civic, cultural, and social activities.
Founded in 1951 in St. Louis, Missouri
Incorporated in 1953 in the District of Columbia
Federal Tax Exemption in 1982
Name changed from National Barristers' Wives to National Association of Bench and Bar Spouses, Inc. 1987
Life Member of the NAACP
Winner of the NAACP Golden Heritage Award
From the Office of the President,
In this important time in our history, NABBS, Inc. will play a pivotal role in addressing the concerns of our organization and our community. We plan to partner with organizations including the National Bar Association, the National Bar Institute and other local and national organizations to address the issues of voter registration, police misconduct, economic injustice and health care disparities. We also plan to reach out to the Bench and Bar Spouses to increase membership and make our organization more responsive and relevant to our members.
This year we hope to use the talents of all our members to enhance NABBS and its local affiliates. COVID-19 has caused many hardships, but it has also caused us to expand our virtual and digital presence. We will be able to meet on these virtual platforms more frequently and have more member participation.
My pledge to you is to leverage each members’ talents to better our organization. I plan to work hand in glove with NABBS Foundation in its projects including raising funds for scholarships for law students.
I am looking forward to a great year.
Be Careful and Stay Safe,
Dr. Gerard Guerin, D.P.M.
President, NABBS, Inc.
It is an honor to serve as the President of the National Association of Bench and Bar Spouses Foundation (NABBS Foundation).
Since 1969, NABBS Foundation has been supporting the legal education of high achieving, underrepresented law students by awarding the NABBS Foundation, Dorothy Atkinson Legal Education Scholarship. This year, as we celebrate fifty-one years of awarding legal education scholarships, we moved forward with a renewed focus on two priorities: (1) community building and (2) NABBS Foundation programs. Concentrating our unified efforts in these two priorities will help us to be more effective in creating positive change in our community.
Community Building: NABBS Foundation will broaden its outreach for supporters and constituents to reach beyond our historic base by increased use of engaging and interactive communications and social media.
NABBS Foundation Programs: NABBS will engage new communities and constituents through health forums and impactful educational programs that cover legal education scholarships, the Bonnie P. Wheatley/Grace L. Wheatley Breast Cancer Health Forum, and the Annie Lawrence Brown Health Initiatives.
I am encouraged by our progressive efforts and dedication, as an organization to improving our community. It is this spirit that I hope to harness as we move forward. I encourage our community as a whole to actively participate in NABBS Foundation efforts.
Yamona Pierce, MPA
President, NABBS Foundation
Our national officers are committed to providing you with top notch information and support. We approach every member and issue with a focus on integrity, advocacy, and understanding.
Spouses and surviving spouses of members of the National Bar Association, and members of other Bars within the United States of America and its territories are welcome.
NABBS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) entity organized exclusively for charitable purposes. The Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the National Association of Bench and Bar Spouses, Inc.
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