Grants Program

2009 grant recipients

The Board of Trustees recently authorized grants, totaling $40,000, 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 2009.

Christian Legal Aid

To expand provision of essential civil legal services to those who cannot otherwise afford representation through (1) an increase in the number of volunteer attorneys, (2) an increase in the number of volunteer attorneys providing full representation to clients, (3) the development of an externship program for law students, and (4) the representation of clients by law students under the supervision of the executive director.

Jewish Family & Children's Service of Pittsburgh

To continue funding for Pro Bono Immigration Law Project which provides professional supervision and oversight to 10-12 non-immigration pro bono attorneys who, having been trained by JF&CS/PRIAC in 2008-2009, will represent 10-12 indigent immigrants on deportation cases.

Mental Health America Legal Services

To continue supporting pro bono legal services to indigent mental health clients, so that they receive legal assistance in a timely and understanding manner, thereby ensuring them the best opportunity to achieve positive resolutions to their legal problems.

Neighborhood Legal Services Association

To support costs associated with implementation of the "Domestic Violence Consumer Education Project" which would ensure that domestic violence victims obtain the legal information necessary to facilitate their efforts at economic self-sufficiency through educational presentations to victims on prioritizing debt, basics of financial planning, repairing credit, student loans, bankruptcy basics, utility access, predatory lending, credit discrimination, joint debt and bank account issues, etc.

SNAP-Pittsburgh @ Auberle

To continue funding for second year of Stop Now and Plan (SNAP) which treats boys between the ages of six and twelve who display the first signs of delinquency.

Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh

To support the organization’s Civil Legal Project which would provide ten (10) victims of domestic violence with representation and advice on civil legal matters such as divorce actions and raising appropriate alimony and/or property claims.