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Rutgers Mock Trial Team - MCBF contributes funds to assist the Rutgers University Mock Trial Team with transportation and lodging in order to compete in regional and national competitions. In 2017 the team competed in the National Mock Trial Competition final round against the top 48 teams in the country.  In 2012 the team had their most successful season ever, competing the finals, where they placed 2nd among the likes of Harvard, Yale, Stanford, UCLA and Princeton, among others. (The team was originally ranked 47th out of the 48 finalists!) We are very proud to support the Rutgers University Mock Trial Association.

Courthouse Art History Projects - MCBF has co-sponsored educational and historical artwork for display in the corridors of the Middlesex County Courthouse. A new project is currently underway for the Chancery Division hallways.

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Middlesex County, Inc. - working in conjunction with the Middlesex County Family Court, this program provides trained and supervised community volunteers to represent the best interests of children who are in out-of-home placements. The program is funded through a variety of different sources, including the MCBF.

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 over 20 years.
 
Hope for the Holidays Program - since it's inception in 2006, 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 nearly $50,000 to the needy during the December holidays.
 
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.
 
Elijah's Promise Food Shelter - Bar members volunteer each month to prepare and serve food to the shelter's clients.
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