Jazz4JusticeTM is the brainchild of Fairfax, Virginia attorney Edward L. Weiner. In 2001, he attended a recital at the George Mason University (GMU) School of Music and was impressed by the music, but distressed by the small audience. As a Past President of the local Fairfax Law Foundation, he saw an opportunity for the University and Foundation to work together to benefit both parties.
Jazz4Justice is truly a unique event. Attorneys, judges, students, and fellow members of the community gather in a friendly environment where Jazz admirers can congregate and celebrate their love of music. The event also serves as one of Fairfax Law Foundation's major sources of funding and a great way to conduct outreach about their work. Proceeds from the evening are evenly divided to help the Foundation continue its mission of service to the Northern Virginia community, as well as provide student scholarships and assistance to the GMU Jazz Studies Program.
On November 20th, 2015, the Fairfax Law Foundation and George Mason University Jazz Ensemble presented the 14th Annual Jazz4Justice Concert in the GMU Center for the Arts Concert Hall!
This program has received awards from both the American Bar Association and Virginia State Bar for being an innovative fundraising program. Professor Jim Carroll believes the scholarships made possible by the generous donations from Jazz4Justice have brought a higher level of talent to the Jazz Department. The Music Scholarship fund at GMU assists students who would otherwise be unable to graduate without the financial aid provided.
"The Partnership between George Mason University and the Fairfax Law Foundation is a tribute to what can be accomplished when we join hands. We are indebted to the Law Foundation for its support of our music programs and students." - Professor Jim Carroll, GMU
Over the years, Jazz4Justice concerts have raised more than $150,000 for the Fairfax Law Foundation. The Foundation is the charitable arm of the Fairfax Bar Association and provides an array of educational and charitable services that benefit the Northern Virginia community. It operates a pro bono program providing legal services for Fairfax County residents who cannot afford them on their own. The Foundation also supports Wills on Wheels, the Fairfax Public Law Library, and various educational programs for Fairfax County students, including court tours for all eighth-grade students in the County. In addition, the Foundation offers programs for victims of domestic violence and counseling for at-risk teens.
Click here to read an article written by the Fairfax Times and re-printed in the Washington Post about Jazz4Justice.
Because of Jazz4Justice's success at George Mason University, additional universities and local Bar associations have been encouraged to foster this unique partnership of education, music, and law.
Upcoming 2016 concerts include the following locations and dates:
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Feb 5th
Northern Virginia Community College, Schlesinger Center, Alexandria, Apr 5th
Christopher Newport University, Newport News, May 7th
James Madison University, Harrisonburg, date TBD
University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Nov 5th
George Mason University (Prince William), Hylton Center, Nov 11th
George Mason University (Fairfax), Center for the Arts, Nov 12th
For additional information about Jazz4Justice, please contact Megan Wakeman at (703) 273-9500 or [email protected] . You may also visit www.fairfaxbar.org or contact the Fairfax Law Foundation directly by phone at (703) 246-2740.