2006 grant recipients
The Board of Trustees recently authorized grants, totaling $20,000, to support pro bono programs and projects that promote the public understanding of the law to the following agencies. These funds will be distributed in early 2006.
Education Law Center
To recruit and provide Web-based support and other support to attorneys in Allegheny County and western Pennsylvania who will represent, on a pro bono or reduced-fee basis, low-income children and their parents in educational matters.
Jewish Family & Children's Service of Pittsburgh
To provide funding for the Pittsburgh Regional Immigrant Assistance Center, which oversees the volunteer attorney asylum project, which trains and supports non-immigration attorneys to provide pro bono legal representation on special, research-heavy asylum cases.
To help support funding for printing additional copies of "Advocating for Children with Special Medical Needs: The Resource Flipbook." This flipbook is a comprehensive listing of the programs and services available within Allegheny County to help children with special medical needs.
To help fund a consulting attorney who will assist in educating female inmates in the Allegheny County jail about the workings of Allegheny County family court as well as to provide assistance to staff at Lydia's Place as they design a jail class curriculum.
Neighborhood Legal Services Association
To support funding to develop a Volunteer Attorney Assistance Project (VAAP). NLSA will use the grant to develop a landlord-tenant law outline as well as to recruit and train private attorneys in the use of this outline, to provide telephone advice on a variety of landlord-tenant issues and to structure a system that will enable those attorneys to perform this pro bono service from their own offices.
YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh
To assist in developing an outreach campaign entitled "100 Lawyers, 1 Case", to expand legal resources for women and ensure more women in the region have access to affordable legal representation. The project seeks to recruit 100 attorneys to provide direct pro bono legal services to impoverished women with divorce, custody, and support issues.