OCBF President's Page



A New Season, A Fresh Start

by Veronica R. Leonard
2018-2019 OCBF President





As summer concludes and fall begins, vacations end and we return to our routines with the resumption of school, work obligations and other commitments. Fall is also a time to review goals and set new priorities. This fall the Oakland County Bar Foundation has an exciting agenda of continued growth, celebration of our history and continued commitment to promoting access to justice. I am honored to serve as president of the Oakland County Bar Foundation this year.

The Oakland County Bar Foundation is dedicated to ensuring access to justice and an understanding of the law in our community. With the recent change of our mission statement to the continued implementation of our strategic plan, The Foundation is positioning itself for growth. We are moving forward with our goals to better serve the community. As part of our ongoing strategic plan we are working to discover what our supporters, stakeholders and grant recipients require for success, and we are developing and implementing new branding and marketing to address those needs.

This year is special as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Signature Event. The Signature Event is the primary fundraiser for The Foundation and each year it raises more than $200,000 in support of local charities. Through the Signature Event, the Oakland County Bar Foundation has been able to award more than $2,200,000 in total grant funding. It has also become one of the premier social events for the Oakland County legal community. The 20th Signature Event will be a celebration of our supporters and the charitable work that the event has made possible. Please watch this page as we share special moments from past Signature Events.

I am excited to announce the “Legends of the Law” program that will be introduced this year. As part of our legacy program, we seek to honor attorneys of prominence who have individually impacted the law, who practice in Oakland County and beyond, and who have a commitment to the mission of The Foundation. Each legend will record a video reflection of their life and career that will be available on The Foundation’s website.

Lastly, the main goal of The Foundation is that YOU become involved and receive value from your service. There are a plethora of opportunities available that can meet any interest.

  • Serve on a committee
  • Become a fellow of The Foundation
  • Volunteer your time with one of the organizations we support
  • Join our board of trustees
  • Make a monetary donation to The Foundation

Please visit The Foundation’s website, www.ocba.org/ocbf, for more information.

I look forward to sharing more news about The Foundation’s efforts in fulfilling its mission of supporting programs that promote access to justice and understanding of the law in the coming months.