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KBF awards $400,000 to KS organizations and law students

Tuesday, December 4, 2018   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Meg Wickham
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Kansas Bar Foundation awards $400,000 to Kansas organizations and law students

Friday, December 1, 2018

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. The KBF is proud to announce that in 2019, nine Kansas organizations will receive IOLTA grants and five Community Redevelopment and Homeowners Assistance grants will be awarded. In addition, ten law students will receive scholarships.

IOLTA Grants 

Funding for IOLTA comes from the Interests on Lawyer Trusts Accounts program. The program is a partnership with Kansas bankers and lawyers that started in 1984 and provides interest from attorney trust accounts to be used to fund charitable purposes. www.ksbar.org/iolta.

“For our 2019 grant cycle, we had a tremendous number of great applicants and worthy causes, said Scott Hill, KBF Secretary-Treasurer and IOLTA Committee Chair.”  “Due in no small part to the increased contribution levels from many participating Kansas banks, we were able to award more funds in 2019.  We look forward to seeing the impact of these dollars.”


Kansas Legal Services $30,000
To provide civil legal services through advice and representation to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and crime victims throughout the state. 
www.kansaslegalservices.org

Kansas CASA $15,000

To increase their ability to advocate for children by increasing the number of trained volunteers and increasing the supervision of volunteers in the state. www.kansascasa.org

National Institute for Trial Advocacy $10,000

To provide free of charge training to 24 Kansas legal service lawyers. The training will provide prosecutors, public defenders, and other advocates, instruction and materials to develop and finesse their trial advocacy skills. www.nita.org

Kansas Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence $7,565

To revise and update their Know Your Rights booklet for sexual assault victims. www.kcsdv.org

Catholic Charities of Northern Kansas $5,000

To improve efficiency and quality of immigration services through training and software upgrades. In addition, to provide scholarships to immigrants enrolled in English skill building classes.  www.ccnks.org

SAFEHOME $3,000

To provide support, information and advocacy for victims of domestic violence in the Johnson County area.  www.safehome-ks.org

KBA Law Related Education Committee $3,000

To provide support for Law Wise, a free, electronic resource for educators that provides lesson plans and information about civics, history, government and the law.  www.ksbar.org/educator_resources

Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR)

To assist with the operation of The Triage Program that provides civil legal services to divorcing/separating parents. www.kipcor.org

El Centro $2,435

The funding will be used for their Immigrant Assistance Clinic which provides legal resources and services to immigrants in the Topeka and surrounding areas. www.elcentrotopeka.org

Community Redevelopment and Homeowners Assistance Grants

In 2015, the Kansas Bar Foundation received $3,273,938.50 from a national settlement to be used for the sole purpose of providing funding to legal aid organizations in the State of Kansas. The focus is to provide legal services for foreclosure prevention and legal services for community redevelopment.

 Kansas Legal Services $200,000

To fund direct legal assistance to the public for services involving legal assistance in foreclosure prevention and outreach/education for the public in housing stability issues that include foreclosure prevention, loan modification and working with lenders to implement reasonable payment plans. KLS will also provide legal assistance to persons who face barriers to stable housing and safe neighborhoods to assist with community redevelopment by creating safer and more secure neighborhoods.

Kansas Legal Services $100,000 (for four $25,000 grants)
To partner with the Wyandotte County Bar Association to provide direct legal assistance to residents in Wyandotte County facing serious and persistent legal barriers to employment and home ownership. This includes services such as expungement and sealing of criminal records, driver’s license issues, occupational licensing issues, identify theft, credit repair, child support arrearages, and wage theft. The same program will be coordinated with bar associations for residents in Crawford County, Lyon County, and Reno County.

www.kansaslegalservices.org

Scholarships

The KBF expanded its scholarship program in 2018 with two new scholarships. Next year, ten Kansas law students will receive assistance with costs related to attending law school. The Equal Justice Scholarship was created by former Kansas Bar Foundation president, Katherine L. Kirk, to recognize a female Kansas law student who is a single parent. In addition, the Bruce W. Kent Memorial Scholarship, established by donations from friends of the late Bruce W. Kent, will recognize a student who intends to practice in central or western Kansas. Kent who served in numerous leadership roles for the Kansas Bar Association and the Kansas Bar Foundation, passed away on May 15, 2018.

“Providing scholarships to law students is one of the best ways we as lawyers can improve our profession.  These scholarships not only reward the hard work and accomplishments of the worthy recipients, but they stand as a testament to the donors’ commitment to encouraging these students’ achievements,” explained Amy Fellows Cline, KBF President and Scholarship Committee Chair.

2019 Scholarship Recipients:
Equal Justice Scholarship $1,500
This scholarship promotes the practice of law in the state of Kansas by awarding funds to a female student and single parent attending the University of Kansas School of Law or Washburn University School of Law. The recipient must intend to practice in Kansas and have demonstrated involvement in community activities and or law school activities. The 2019 recipient is Emily J. Young, Washburn University School of Law.

Bruce W. Kent Memorial Scholarship $1,000
This scholarship promotes the practice of law in the state of Kansas by awarding funds to a student attending Washburn University School of Law. Applicants must have completed their first year of law school and rank in the upper 50% of their class. Preference will be given to students who wish to enter private practice and or intend to practice in communities of central or western Kansas. The 2019 recipient is Emily J. Young, Washburn University School of Law.

Hon. Richard D. and Cindy Rogers Scholarship $1,000
The scholarship will be used to promote the practice of law in the state of Kansas by annually awarding funds to a student attending Washburn University School of Law to assist with the costs of tuition. The student must have an expressed interest in practicing law in a rural community in Kansas. The 2019 recipient is Philip D. Depew, Washburn University School of Law.

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 2019 recipient is Susan M. Locke, Washburn University School of Law.

The Justice Alex M. Fromme Memorial Scholarship Award $1,000
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 2019 recipient is Jeff Pike, 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 2019 recipient is Alexander Rindels, University of Kansas School of Law.

Lathrop & Gage Student Scholarship $2,000
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 2019 recipient is Elias Underwood, Washburn University School of Law.

Frank C. and Jeanne M. Norton Scholarship $2,000

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 2019 recipient is Taylon Sumners, Washburn University School of Law.

The Capitol Federal Foundation Diversity Scholarship $1,000
This scholarship is awarded to a third-year law student who has demonstrated exemplary leadership in promoting diversity and inclusion in the law student’s school and broader legal community. The 2019 recipient is Sussana Ampen, Washburn University School of Law.

Maxine S. Thompson Memorial Scholarship $1,000

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 2019 recipient is Elias Underwood, Washburn University School of Law.

The Frank M. Rice Scholarship $6,000
The scholarship promotes the practice of law in the state of Kansas by awarding tuition assistance 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 2019 recipient is Jennifer Salva, Washburn University School of Law. 

The John E. Shamberg Memorial Law Student Scholarship $2,000
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 2019 recipient is Kacey Scott, Washburn University School of Law.

Contact:

Anne Woods, Director of Public Services/IOLTA Director
Kansas Bar Association/Kansas Bar Foundation
Email: 
awoods@ksbar.org 
Direct: (785) 861-8838

Main: (785) 234-5696

About the Kansas Bar Foundation

For over 60 years, the Kansas Bar Foundation has funded opportunities for the citizens of Kansas for charitable and educational projects that foster the welfare, honor and integrity of the legal system by improving its accessibility, equality and uniformity, and by enhancing the public opinion of the role of lawyers in our society. Since 1984, with funding from Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts, the Foundation has awarded more than $4 million in grants to provide legal services to those who cannot afford them and for law related educational programs. www.ksbar.org/kbf

 

Comments...

Robert R. Hiller Jr says...
Posted Friday, December 7, 2018
Well done, KBA. Keep up the good work, friends.