We are the charitable arm of the bar association of metropolitan st. louis

The St. Louis Bar Foundation was founded in 1956 to be the charitable arm of The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. We were originally founded by a group of lawyers who made financial contributions for charitable purposes. In recognition of their monetary support, they were designated “Fellows” of the Foundation. Today, the Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit charity, qualified to receive full tax-deductible donations. We actively engage in annual grants and other charitable activities to further the rule of law and the administration of justice.

To learn more about the Foundation, visit the About Us section here.

You’re invited…

We invite you to explore this site and learn more about the St. Louis Bar Foundation and how we utilize donated funds to support other groups in our community and their worthwhile programs.

These include programs that assist citizens in utilizing the law to solve problems, as well as youth education programs that demonstrate how the law operates and how it directly affects young people’s lives. We have also encouraged young people to consider law as a career, and we grant direct scholarship assistance toward study at the law schools in our surrounding area. You will also find links that allow you to view those lawyers who contribute their time to the management of the Bar Foundation by serving on its Board of Directors and to read about the programs currently receiving grants from us. Finally (and importantly), see how you can assist the Foundation financially to support these efforts.


  • The 2013 Golden Gala will be held on October 25, 2013 in the Starlight Ballroom of the Chase Park Plaza Hotel. More info here.  To learn more about the 2013 recipients of the Spirit of Justice Awards click here.
  • The 2013 Missouri High School Mock Trial Competition got underway with the Trial Institute held at the Thomas F. Eagleton Federal Courthouse in St. Louis on September 26, 2013. Teams and coaches from four high schools attended while ten other schools viewed remotely via a webcast. The Institute introduces this year’s case and reviews all the rules and regulations, along with dates, for the mock trial competition. The team of lawyers running the competition provided the instruction. The St. Louis Bar Foundation, which funds the competition each year, was represented by Hon. Stephen N. Limbaugh, Sr. (Bar Foundation President) and Paul Venker, President-Elect of the Foundation. Both men gave welcome talks to the students and explained how the program could help them in all areas of their education.