Project Law Essay Contest for High School Students - Now in its 15th year, "Project Law" is an annual essay contest open to Middlesex County High School seniors, juniors and sophomores. Winners receive a $1000. The contest is designed to encourage higher education, to enhance a heightened awareness of career opportunities within the field of law and to promote the legal profession's importance in today's society among the county's high school students. The winners are recognized and their essays are read by Middlesex County Superior Court Judges at a ceremony at the Middlesex County Courthouse in May.
High School Mock Trial Competition - In conjunction with the New Jersey State Bar Association's statewide competition, the Bar Foundation provides a County Mock Trial Coordinator, attorney advisors for each high school team entering the competition and experienced attorneys and judges to serve as judges for the tournament. The volunteer bar members help organize the county-wide competition, assist the teams in their case preparation and analyze the various legal arguments put forth by the competitors. The winning team from Middlesex County is honored at the Foundation's annual awards dinner in May.
"Law-on-the-Line" Cable TV Program - Through a grant from the New Jersey State Bar Foundation, the Middlesex County Bar Foundation has been producing a local cable television show called "Law on the Line" since 1995. The program, which is aired on a number of local cable stations, covers a variety of contemporary legal issues of general interest to the public, such as, Consumer Ethics, Adoption Law, Real Estate Law, Sexual Harassment, Elder Law, Breast Implant Litigation, Juvenile Justice, etc. Click here for a program list. Copies of all shows are available to the public by calling (732) 828-3433, ext. 101.
Holiday Toy Drive - this annual drive has been providing holiday gifts to the county's disadvantaged children for nearly 20 years.
Hope for the Holidays Program - In its tenth year, the program collects financial donations to assist individuals and families identified by the Middlesex County Board of Social Services as being in genuine need. Most of these people are simply in need of warm bedding and clothes for the winter months. The program has donated over $70,000 to the needy during the December holidays since its inception.
Law School Scholarship Program - supported by contributions from members of the Bar Association, the scholarships are given annually by the Bar Foundation to assist Middlesex County residents attending law school to help defray the high costs of a legal education.
National Adoption Day - the goals of National Adoption Day include celebrating and honoring all families that adopt; raising awareness and encouraging others to adopt the 129,000 children in Foster Care; and fostering collaboration among local adoption agencies, courts and advocacy organizations. National Adoption Day first took place in Middlesex in November 2007 and has since been established as a yearly activity.
Help-the-Homeless Fund - Bar members contribute monthly to this Bar Foundation fund that provides annual donations to a variety of local, non-profit charitable organizations.
Middlesex County Adult Substance Abuse Program - the program is designed to provide qualified, properly motivated drug dependent people at the Middlesex County Jail an opportunity to get their lives back on track. The program is funded through a variety of different sources, including the Middlesex County Bar Foundation.