ABA Grants for New Law Grads to Help Serve Lower Income People

ABAAccording to a recent press release, the American Bar Association (ABA) will provide grants, ranging from $5,000.00 to $15,000.00, to:

*  bar associations;

*  courts;

*  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….”

Grant guidelines and a request for proposals can be found here.  Proposals must be submitted by May 15, 2014.  The ABA Journal has more information here.

Hat Tip:  ABA Journal

About Lisa Smith-Butler

Lisa is the Associate Dean for Information Services at the Charleston School of Law, Sol Blatt Jr. Law Library. She teaches Advanced Legal Research & Children & the Law.
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