The San Diego Law Library Foundation is a private 501(c)(3) foundation.  Its sole mission is to aid the San Diego Law Library in our efforts to provide access to legal information.


You can support the Law Library’s ongoing operations and access to legal information in San Diego by making a donation to the Foundation.

The Witkin Awards

The Foundation identifies outstanding members of the San Diego legal community and recognizes them at the annual Witkin Awards.  The 2023 awards dinner will be held October 26, 2023, starting at 5:30pm, at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse. Please join us at this wonderful event!

Foundation History

The Foundation was created in November of 1961, shortly after the Law Library moved into our present building at 1105 Front Street. Its purpose is to accept donations of money and books and maintain the wishes of the donors.  While the Law Library can accept tax-deductible gifts, mixing those gifts with public funds restricts their use.

The Foundation has contributed books and equipment to the Law Library.  It has disbursed special purpose funds, mostly for books in specific practice areas. The Foundation has sponsored the publication of several books on the history of the local bar.