2007 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 2007.
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.
Mental Health Legal Services
To be utilized to reach more people with mental illnesses in need of legal services, improve program efficiency and effectiveness, and to enhance the ability to respond effectively to clients' needs.
Neighborhood Legal Services Association
To help fund the development of a manual for low-income clients with information regarding how to expunge their criminal records and improve their work/education opportunities and to recruit/train pro bono attorneys to assist in representation of clients regarding employment issues.
Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force
To support the salary and benefits of the PATF Legal Coordinator who oversees the PATF Legal Program including the pro bono legal network that provides services to more than 300 individuals each year.
YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh
To be used to continue implementing the "100 Lawyers One Case Each" limited asset pro bono divorce program, which assists indigent and lower income women.