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State Bar Foundation awards 39 grants, totaling $395,595

The Foundation of the State Bar announced it has awarded 39 grants to community groups, bar associations, courts and the bar. The total dollar amount of the awards is $395,595.

The money will fund programs ranging from assistance to the families of Alzheimer victims to self-help operations to several legal aid organizations.

Since the inception of the grants program in 1991, the foundation has awarded nearly $2.7 million.

“Giving back to the community through our grants program has been the cornerstone of the foundation’s charitable giving efforts,” said executive director Leslie Hatamiya. “From providing assistance to underserved communities of people living with AIDS/HIV in San Francisco, to educating Asian and Latino garment workers in Los Angeles on their rights to launching a literacy program for youth involved in the juvenile justice system, the innovative programs we are funding furthers the foundation’s mission to educate the public about its rights and responsibilities under the law and to increase access to our justice system.”

The grants, which range in size from $2,900 to $30,000, went to 32 organizations in addition to seven that went to particular State Bar programs. Funds were provided through voluntary donations from California lawyers and partnerships with corporate sponsors, such as MBNA, Affinity Financial Corp. and West, that offer special benefits to bar members.

The 2005-06 grant application process will open in July, with an October deadline.

This year’s recipients are:

Name Description Award
ACCESS San Francisco Superior Court mediation program $7,500
Alameda County Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services Corp. Family justice pro bono referral program $9,000
Alameda County Superior Court Juvenile justice dependency forum $6,000
AIDS Legal Referral Program Outreach $7,500
Alzheimer’s Association of San Diego Inc. Legal and financial workshops $5,500
Bay Area Legal Aid Domestic violence clinic $7,500
Butte County Superior Court Self-help assistance $20,000
Community Bridges The Watsonville Law Center economic justice program $10,000
Community Legal Information Center Immigrant outreach $5,000
Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse (CORA) Bilingual services $5,500
Cooperative Restraining Order Clinic   $7,500
Equal Rights Advocates Advice and counseling $10,000
Eviction Defense Collaborative Settlement negotiations $5,500
Family Violence Law Center Fremont family violence legal project $10,000
Fresno County Superior Court Web site project $6,750
Garment Worker Center Case management program $10,000
Jewish Family and Children’s Services Care for the elderly $7,500
Judicial Council of California Administrative Office of the Courts Survey of trust in the courts $10,000
Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles Minority home ownership $5,495
Legal Aid Society — Employment Law Center Worker abuse prevention $5,000
Legal Aid Society of San Mateo Guardianship network $2,900
Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice Teen financial literacy $6,800
Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice Teen victim of violence project $7,700
Nuestra Casa/Mendocino Latinos para la Comunidad Legal education $7,508
Riverside County Superior Court Self-help center $10,192
San Diego Superior Court Law week $6,000
San Diego Teen Court   $5,000
Sonoma County Bar Association Self-help kiosks $30,000
Swords to Plowshares Veterans’ benefits $10,000
Volunteers in Parole Promoting volunteerism $5,500
Yolo Family Resource Center Housing information $5,250
Youth Treatment and Education Court Literacy program $10,000
State Bar of California access and fairness committees and programs received six grants totaling $55,500 for projects including a survey, scholarships, a brochure and high school career outreach. The bar’s Environmental Law Section received a grant for $2,000 for public participation workshops.
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