Kansas Bar Foundation awards $70,000 in grants and scholarships
Friday, December 16, 2016
The Kansas Bar Foundation (KBF) is committed to assisting the improvement of 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. In 2017, the foundation will award over $70,000 to support six IOLTA grants and eight scholarships.
2017 IOLTA Grants
CASA of Kansas – $10,000
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 – $3,000
For the publication of Law Wise, an electronic newsletter covering various law-related topics of interest to middle school and high school students. The publication is distributed free of charge to students, educators and the public.
National Institute for Trial Advocacy – $8,000
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. The program is offered tuition-free, and includes materials.
Kansas Legal Services Inc. – $25,000
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. The KBF gift will be matched so that the total amount of funds provided in matching gifts by VOCA will be $75,000, resulting in a combined grant of $100,000.
Also, in January 2016, a special grant from a court-awarded fund was provided to Kansas Legal Services (KLS) in the amount of $50,000 for foreclosure prevention legal assistance, and another grant from that fund was awarded to KLS in July 2016 in the amount of $100,000 for community development legal assistance.
KBA Young Lawyer Section Mock Trial Program – $5,600
To advance the educational goals of students and the broader understanding of and respect for the law through structured mock-trials.
Kansas Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence – $5,500
To host a statewide seminar on the neurobiology of sexual assault and impact of traumatic brain injury suffered by victims of domestic violence. The goal will be to provide attendees with valuable knowledge and best practices they can employ to be trauma-informed when responding to victims of sexual and domestic violence.
Kansas Bar Association members and law firms have established several scholarships to recognize academic excellence, community involvement and work experiences of law students.
“The 2017 applicant pool for the KBF scholarships were superior in every way. It is a difficult but enjoyable task for the committee to review the applications and make the awards,” said Katherine L. Kirk, KBF Scholarship Committee chair. “Not a year goes by that we wouldn't like to have both more awards and more applications.”
The 2017 KBF scholarship recipients are:
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 2017 recipient is Mackenzie Maki, 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 2017 recipient is Francis M. Schneider, Washburn University 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 2017 recipient is Erica McCabe, University of Kansas School of Law.
Lathrop & Gage Student Scholarship $1,750
This scholarship is awarded 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 2017 recipient is Luis M. Solorio, Washburn University School of Law.
Frank C. and Jeanne M. Norton Scholarship $1,250
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 2017 recipient is Abigail L. Hoelting, 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 fewer than 60 hours towards a law degree and must plan to practice in a rural Kansas area, preferably western Kansas.The 2017 recipient is Lisa L. Martin, Washburn University School of Law.
The Frank M. Rice Scholarship $3,500
The Frank M. Rice Scholarship is a newly endowed scholarship for 2017. The scholarship promotes the practice of law in the state of Kansas by awarding tuition assistance funds to a student attending the University of Kansas School of Law or Washburn University School of Law. The donor of this scholarship described the purpose of the scholarship as one that is intended to help law students become lawyers in the mold of Frank M. Rice who was “among the finest…in the Bar. He was at the top of his class…and always applied the highest level of legal scholarship to any legal matter in which he was involved.” The recipient must have been admitted to law school and must be a Kansas resident. The first recipient of this scholarship is Maxwell C. McGraw, University of Kansas School of Law.
The John E. Shamberg Memorial Law Student Scholarship $1,250
This scholarship is designed for a Washburn University School of Law student who has an interest in plaintiff’s work as well as a bona fide interest in practicing in Kansas. The 2017 recipient is Jennifer Salva, Washburn University School of Law.
According to KBF President Todd N Thompson, the 2017 scholarships will be presented to the recipients at a special dinner in February.