The ISOB Foundation

The International Society of Barrister Foundation exists to support the same ideals as the International Society of Barristers: trial by jury, the adversary system and a free and independent judiciary. 



The International Society of Barristers Foundation
The International Society of Barristers Foundation, was created in 2002 as a 501(c)(3) private charitable foundation, and exists to support the same ideals as the International Society of Barristers trial by jury, the adversary system and an independent judiciary. The Foundation receives tax-deductible contributions, often in honor or in memory of named individuals, and makes grants in support of the Foundation's purposes. Because the ISOB pays all the expenses of the Foundation, 100% of all donations are available to be distributed in the form of grants. Recent grantees have included:
  • Center for Death Penalty Litigation represents poor people facing the death penalty and provides training and consulting to capital defense teams in North Carolina.  In recent years, CDPL has spearheaded litigation on issues of racial justice in capital jury selection.
  • Gideon's Promise partners with public defender offices to build a community of committed and passionate advocates to drive indigent defense reform across the South and help finally realize the promise of a meaningful right to counsel. 
  • The Innocence Network is an affiliation of organizations dedicated to providing pro bono legal and investigative services to individuals seeking to prove innocence of crimes for which they have been convicted and working to redress the causes of wrongful convictions.
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy through its International Society of Barristers Spangenberg/Liber Scholarships (named in honor of the Barristers Society's first president, Craig Spangenberg and his law partner, Society stalwart, John Liber), makes it possible for public interest lawyers and sole practitioners to attend NITA's hands-on advocacy training programs.
  • Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the Center works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.
Contributions may be made on line through this web page or sent to:

International Society of Barristers Foundation
Professor Donald H. Beskind
Post Office Box 90360
Durham, NC 27708-0360

If the necessary names and addresses are provided at the time a donation is made, all gifts will be acknowledged to the donors, and, in the case of memorial or honoring gifts, the Foundation will notify the individuals or families involved of the donor's gift.


Next Meeting
April 15 - 19, 2018

The Dorchester
London, England


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