Partners for Justice Society
One of the Bar Foundation's fundraising initiatives is a major gifts program. Individuals and organizations donating $5,000 or more will be recognized as honored members of the Partners for Justice Society – a select group reserved for the most committed of our supporters.
Levels of giving have been named in honor of several famous members of the Kentucky Bar in order to honor our donors while recognizing the rich contribution Kentucky has made to the nation's legal system.
Levels of Giving
CHIEF JUSTICE FRED VINSON CIRCLE
$50,000 OR MORE
The highest circle of giving is named for the only native of Kentucky to serve as chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Vinson graduated with a degree in law from Centre College. Vinson represented Kentucky in the U.S. House of Representatives and was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia before becoming Secretary of the Treasury under President Harry S. Truman. One year later, he was appointed Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
SENATOR HENRY CLAY CIRCLE
Born in Hanover County, Virginia, Clay made Lexington his home at age 20. After representing Kentucky in the U.S. House of Representatives, President John Quincy Adams appointed Clay as Secretary of State in 1825. From 1831 until 1842, then again from 1849 until his death, Clay served in the U.S. Senate. Today, he is regarded as one of the most influential senators in the nation's history.
JUSTICE JOHN MARSHALL HARLAN CIRCLE
Born in Boyle County, Kentucky, Harlan graduated from Centre College in 1850, then studied law at Transylvania University. In 1877, Justice Harlan was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court by President Rutherford B. Hayes.
VICE PRESIDENT ALBEN WILLIAM BARKLEY CIRCLE
Alben William Barkley was the only native of Kentucky to serve as Vice President of the United States. Born in Graves County, Kentucky, he studied law at the University of Virginia, then returned to his home state to practice. In 1912, Barkley was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and served seven terms. In 1927, Barkley became one of Kentucky's U.S. Senators. Later, he was elected vice president as President Harry S. Truman's running mate.