* bar associations;
* law schools; and
* other groups
that propose new and innovative ways to address the legal needs of lower income individuals while enabling recent law school graduates, who have passed a bar, to acquire experience. The grants are for start up purposes only and are not a source of continued funding.
According to James R. Silkenet, President of the ABA, “Our nation is facing a paradox involving access to justice,” Silkenat said in explaining the reason for the grant program. “On the one hand, too many people with low and moderate incomes cannot find or afford a lawyer to defend their legal interests, no matter how urgent the issue. On the other hand, too many law graduates in recent years have found it difficult to gain the practical experience they need in order to enter practice effectively. The ABA’s catalyst grants will help nurture innovative programs that bridge the unmet legal needs of our society and the unmet employment needs of our young lawyers….”
Hat Tip: ABA Journal