American Judges Foundation


It was great to see everyone in Arlington and Cleveland this year! Both conferences were excellent. We are excited about our upcoming spring conference in Memphis, and next fall in Kauai.

AJF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity, formed to promote judicial and civic education. Our energetic members and Board have furthered these goals recently in a number of respects, which are listed below.

AJF continues to support judicial education by funding for Dean Erwin Chemerinksy’s annual conference update on the United States Supreme Court.

AJF has voted to continue last year’s grant support for the Center for Civic Education. This outstanding nonpartisan organization provides top notch civic educational opportunities for high school students across the United States, via its highly praised “We the People” state and national competition program. It also supports other forms of education about democracy. The Center has been highly appreciative of AJF’s support and has highlighted it in all its materials. You may enjoy learning more about the Center at its website, which you can reach via the following link:

We had our first fundraising reception at a midyear conference, on April 27th at the University Club in downtown Washington, D.C. it was well received and well attended.

The AJF sponsored a highly praised fundraising reception and silent auction in Cleveland, Ohio, at historic Cuyahoga County Courthouse. AJA’s annual conference was held September 11-15, 2017. Cleveland is a strong competitor in baseball and basketball (and their superb baseball team, the Indians, broke the world’s record for most wins in a row during our conference.

Our conference hotel, the Renaissance Cleveland, was within blocks of many wonderful restaurants. Cleveland is the home of one of the best symphonies in America, the Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the outstanding Cleveland Museum of Art, and an excellent theater district, Playhouse Square. And there is more: the Cedar Point Amusement Park, the Cleveland Botanical Garden, the Cleveland History Center, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, The Jack Cleveland Casino, the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art, the Great Lakes Science Center, and the Cleveland Zoo. There is also Lake Erie, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and the many Cleveland parks. Attendees love this conference and our reception.

Our next conference fundraiser will be at the 2018 Annual Conference Lihue, Hawaii (Island of Kauai) Kauai Marriott Resort September 22-27. Please start earmarking items to bring for the auction now.

Our busy committee members are working on a proposal for estate and bequest giving to the AJF. We will be reviewing that soon.

What do you think would make the AJF even more effective? What planning would you like us to undertake? Please join our committees, come to our Board meetings, and send us your suggestions. I look forward to hearing from you and working on your proposals.




The American Judges Foundation is a nonprofit corporation formed for the purpose of promoting and improving the Judiciary and Justice by providing financial and other support to projects and groups that promulgate these objectives. We have our roots deep within the American Judges Association, which is the largest association for Judges in North America.

We strongly urge that you support the American Judges Foundation with your new or renewing membership. With your help the coming year will allow us to provide additional financial support for education or projects improving the Judiciary and Justice.


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