The mission of the DC Bar Foundation is to fund, support, and improve the civil legal services network of the District of Columbia. We are the leading funder of civil legal aid in the city, and we are committed to equal access to the justice system for District residents, regardless of income level. The Foundation's funding allows civil legal services organizations to provide assistance to thousands of District residents each year.
The DC Bar Foundation is currently accepting applications from civil legal services providers based in the District of Columbia that serve low-income, underrepresented DC residents in the areas of foreclosure prevention legal assistance and/or community redevelopment legal assistance. More than $243,000 has been made available to DC-based legal services providers through a 2014 settlement on mortgage-related litigation between the U.S. Department of Justice and Bank of America Corporation. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21, 2015. Read the press release here and how to apply here here.
The DC Bar Foundation awarded $615,000 in FY15 DC Legal Services Grants to 22 organizations that provide civil legal services to underserved, low-income residents of the District of Columbia. Read more here here.
The DC Bar Foundation announced the recipients of the midyear FY15 DC Poverty Lawyer Loan Repayment Assistance Program (DC LRAP). A total of $13,170 was awarded to nine civil legal services lawyers, who live in DC and work with eligible civil legal services providers organizations that serve low-income, underserved residents of the District. Read more here.
The DC Bar Foundation announced the FY15 recipients of the Access to Justice (ATJ) Grant Program, which awards grants to nonprofit legal services organizations that provide direct civil legal services to low-income DC residents. A total of $3,865,000 was awarded to 24 projects, of which five are new projects. Read more here.
The DC Bar Foundation has selected Kathryn M. Doan, Executive Director of the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition, as the recipient of the 2015 Jerrold Scoutt Prize. The prize is awarded annually to an attorney who has worked for a significant portion of his or her career at a nonprofit organization providing direct hands-on legal services to the needy in the District of Columbia, has demonstrated compassionate concern for his or her clients, and has exhibited a high degree of skill on their behalf. DCBF will present the 2015 Jerrold Scoutt Prize during the DC Bar’s Judicial Reception on Friday, April 17, 2015. Read more here.
The DC Bar Foundation (DCBF) announced the recipients of its two loan repayment assistance programs (LRAP) for FY15. More than $319,000 was awarded to 69 civil legal services lawyers, who provide direct civil legal services to low-income, underserved DC residents. Read more here.
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