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KBF Announces $170,000 in Grants and Scholarships

Thursday, December 17, 2015   (0 Comments)
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Kansas Bar Foundation awards over $170,000 in grants and scholarships

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

 

The Kansas Bar Foundation is proud to announce the 2016 foundation grant and scholarship recipients. The KBF has committed itself to the assistance of improving the legal system for all Kansans. One of the key methods of accomplishing this objective is by providing grants to civil legal service programs. In the past, these grants have concentrated on such high-impact clients as victims of domestic violence, the elderly and children. In addition, the foundation awards scholarships to law students and provides funding for law related educational programs.

The KBF receives private donations and funding from the Interest on Lawyer Trust Account (IOLTA) program. The IOLTA program collects the interest from lawyers’ client trust accounts, which, prior to the creation of the IOLTA program in 1984, were held in non interest‑bearing accounts. When a number of these small or short-term funds are pooled together, they can produce significant amounts of revenue for law‑related charitable public service projects.

Participation in the IOLTA program is voluntary on the part of both Kansas lawyers and financial institutions. Historically, the foundation has allocated approximately 80 percent or more of IOLTA funds to the provision of civil legal services to low-income citizens.

In 2012, the foundation received funding from a direct grant of residual funds from a class action lawsuit. These funds support activities and programs that promote access to the civil justice system for low-income residents and to programs that relate directly to promoting and facilitating access to the civil justice system through education or other means. The final monies from this fund will be awarded in 2016 to Kansas Legal Services.

In April 2015, Bank of America awarded the KBF with a donation in the amount of $351,252 for the IOLTA Committee to disburse for projects to aid in foreclosure prevention legal assistance and community redevelopment legal assistance. In 2016, one grant will be awarded from this fund to Kansas Legal Services in the amount of $50,000.

In 2016, the foundation will award $171,700 to support ten IOLTA grants, one residual fund grant, one Bank of America grant and seven scholarships.

"We are so pleased this year to be able to give significantly more money to Kansas communities than we have for several years. Supporting legal initiatives through the foundation is one of the primary ways Kansas lawyers give back and compound their giving ability,” said Laura Ice, Kansas Bar Foundation president.

2016 IOLTA Grants

Kansas Legal Services Inc. – $14,300
To provide advice and representation for low income persons in Kansas and to increase emergency legal assistance provided through the Victim of Crime Act program.

CASA of Kansas – $12,500
To increase the number of staff and trained volunteers. Each staff person is limited to 30 volunteers to supervise. In an effort to reach more locations in the state, more staff is needed.

KBA Law-Related Education Committee – $10,960
To coordinate programs that focus on providing Kansas residents with free resources and information about law related matters of interest to educators, students and the public and for programming for 2016 Law Day.

National Institute for Trial Advocacy – $11,000
To fund "Advocacy Skills Training,” a three-day workshop that will focus on the needs of specialized public service attorneys to serve practitioners who cannot travel to larger program destinations due to time and budget constraints.

KBA Young Lawyer Section Mock Trial Program – $7,500

To advance the educational goals of students and the broader understanding of and respect for the law through structured and fairly administered mock-trials.

Western Professionals/Immigration Professionals – $7,500
To offer a reduced fee program to indigent migrants who qualify for either Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or a U-visa. The program will cover all of the individual’s attorney fees, assuming they meet all the qualifications. In 2016, the program will expand its reach to immigrant populations in Central and Western Kansas.

Kansas Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence – $5,500
To host a statewide seminar on responding to campus sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking. The seminar will be offered to service providers, private attorneys, and community members.

TFI Visitation & Exchange – $3,000
To train three staff members to provide mediation services to clients across Kansas at VEC centers. This will provide people in conflict with options rather than litigation to resolve their differences

El Centro de Servicios Para Hispanos – $2,740
To provide immigration law training and webinars to staff in order to qualify to apply for BIA Accreditation and Recognition. The goal of the program is to eventually provide free or low cost family based immigration legal services to residents of Shawnee County.

Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas – $2,500
La Luz Center for Immigration Legal Assistance directly serves indigent individuals in Northeast Kansas, including refugees and immigrants in need of legal services and guidance. The funding will be used to offset costs of pro bono representation and to provide travel resources to those who are financially and geographically isolated from needed immigration legal services.


2016 Class Action Residual Fund Grant

Kansas Legal Services Inc. – $35,700
To provide advice and representation for low income persons in Kansas and to increase emergency legal assistance provided through the Victim of Crime Act program.

2016 Bank of America Fund Grant

Kansas Legal Services – $50,000
To provide direct legal assistance to persons facing foreclosure proceedings, including legal advice and individual representation.

KBF Scholarships

The chair of the 2015-16 KBF Scholarship Committee is Katherine L. Kirk. She looks forward to the success of all of the scholarship recipients. "I have had the honor of being part of the scholarship committee for several years. The candidates applying are overwhelmingly impressive, explained Kirk.” “Even as law students, they are involved in community work and are clearly going to serve their profession as well as their communities in the future."

Case, Moses, & Zimmerman P.A. Law Student Scholarship $1,000
This scholarship is intended to go to a second-year law student at a Kansas law school, Creighton University School of Law or Oklahoma City University School of Law. The scholarship is awarded to a second year law student who has demonstrated a bona fide intention of practicing in the state of Kansas. The 2016 recipient is Lisa L. Martin, Washburn University School of Law.

The Justice Alex M. Fromme Memorial Scholarship Award $850
The award is intended for a law student attending the University of Kansas Law School or Washburn University Law School who is committed to practicing law in Kansas. The 2016 recipient is Ashley Akers, University of Kansas School of Law.

Hinkle Law Firm Student Scholarship $2,000
This scholarship is intended for a law student at the University of Kansas School of Law or Washburn University School of Law. Applicants should demonstrate a bona fide intention to practice law in Kansas. Because community service is extremely important to the Hinkle Law firm, applicants must also demonstrate a history of community involvement to be considered. The 2016 recipient is Claire Hillman, Washburn University School of Law.

Lathrop & Gage Student Scholarship $1,800
This scholarship is given to a law student at the University of Kansas School of Law or Washburn University School of Law. Applicants should demonstrate a bona fide intention to practice law in Kansas. Applicants must demonstrate a history of community involvement to be considered. The 2016 recipient is Erica McCabe, University of Kansas School of Law.


Frank Norton Scholarship $1,500
This scholarship is available exclusively to Washburn University School of Law students in their second or third year of study who are not receiving any other scholarship support. The 2016 recipient is Valerie Desroches, Washburn University School of Law.

Maxine S. Thompson Memorial Scholarship $850
This scholarship promotes the practice of law in the state of Kansas by awarding a law student, originally from Kansas and attending the University of Kansas Law School or Washburn Law School an annual scholarship. The award recipient must have completed no less than 60 hours towards a law degree and must plan to practice in a rural Kansas area, preferably western Kansas. The 2016 recipient is Travis J. Ternes, Washburn University School of Law.

 

New in 2016
Kansas Bar Foundation Diversity Scholarship
$500
This scholarship for third year law students, promotes the practice of law in the state of Kansas and provides a seat on the KBA Diversity Committee. The awardee will write an 850 word article about diversity and inclusion matters in the legal profession and justice system for the Diversity Corner of the Journal of the Kansas Bar Association. The first year of this scholarship is funded by the Kansas Bar Foundation and future funding has been granted by the Capitol Federal Foundation. The first recipient of the Kanas Bar Foundation Diversity Scholarship is Rachelle Veikune, University of Kansas School of Law.

 

 


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