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The Spencer Williams Foundation for Judicial Independence


Last Updated: 2016-07-22

At A Glance

The Spencer Williams Foundation for Judicial Independence

(formerly Foundation for the Advancement of an Independent Judiciary and the Rule of Law)

111 W. Washington St., Ste. 1100

Chicago, IL United States 60603

Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Celebrity: Politics

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2015-08-31)

Assets: $380,189

Total giving: $20,000






Established in 2000 in IL - Founded by the late Hon. Spencer Williams, who was the Founding Father and First President of the Federal Judges Association, and a federal judge in Northern California. The source of the funding for the foundation was the undistributed proceeds of a class action that Judge Williams presided over.

Purpose and Activities

The foundation is dedicated to educating our youth about the importance of the rule of law, our constitution and an independent judiciary.

Fields of Interest

  • Education
  • Equal opportunity in education
  • Graduate and professional education
  • Law education
  • Philanthropy
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Adolescents
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Ethnic and racial groups
  • Low-income and poor people

Financial Data

Year ended 2015-08-31

Assets: $380,189 (market value)

Gifts received: $2,000

Expenditures: $25,122

Total giving: $20,000

Qualifying distributions: $20,000