KBF awards $150,000 in grants and scholarships
Friday, December 5, 2014
Posted by: Beth Warrington
The Kansas Bar Foundation is proud to announce that $150,000 in foundation grants and scholarships will be awarded in 2015. The KBF has committed itself to the assistance of improving the legal system for all Kansans. One key method in accomplishing this objective is providing grants and scholarships to civil legal service programs, law-related educational programs and law students.
"While we are so pleased this year to be able to give significantly more money to Kansas communities than we have for several years, we ask for your continued commitment to the charitable purposes of our Foundation,” said Ed Nazar, KBF president. "Supporting legal initiatives through the Foundation is one of the primary ways Kansas lawyers give back and compound their giving ability.”
In 2015, six Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts (IOLTA) grants, five class-action residual fund grants and six scholarships will be awarded to the following:
2015 IOLTA Grants
The KBF receives private donations and funding from the IOLTA program. This program collects the interest from lawyers’ client trust accounts, which were held in non-interest‑bearing accounts prior to the creation of the program in 1984. 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 2014, the KBF recognized the Kansas Bankers Association with a special award to recognize the 30-year anniversary of the KBF/IOLTA program in Kansas.
- Kansas Legal Services ($52,883): To provide advice and representation for low income persons in Kansas for general legal, family law, consumer and housing issues and for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.
- National Institute for Trial Advocacy ($8,776.50): 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 Law-Related Education Committee ($8,000): 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.
- KBA Young Lawyer Section Mock Trial Program ($6,000): To advance the educational goals of students and the broader understanding of and respect for the law through structured and fairly administered mock trials.
- El Centro de Servicios Para Hispanos ($2,340): 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.\
- University of Kansas School of Law Medical Legal Partnership Clinic($2,000): To increase the ability to provide legal services to vulnerable populations, including victims of domestic violence and the elderly.
2015 Class-Action Residual Fund Grants
In 2012, the KBF 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.
- Kansas Legal Services Inc. ($40,000): To provide advice and representation for low income persons in Kansas for general legal, family law, consumer and housing issues and for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.
- CASA of Kansas ($10,000): To increase the number of staff dedicated to recruiting, screening, training and supervising CASA 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.
- Western Professionals/Immigration Professionals ($6,800): 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 2015, the program will provide education to local police and sheriff’s departments to further the knowledge of the available aid, thereby increasing its impact.
- SAFEHOME Inc. ($5,000): To provide legal advocacy and critical client assistance to domestic violence victims in Johnson, Miami and Wyandotte counties.
- Kansas Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence ($3,000): To host two or three days of training for new and seasoned expert witnesses in Kansas. This will allow KCSDV to provide additional expert witnesses so defense attorneys and prosecutors have accessible resources to provide to judges and juries in sexual assault and domestic violence cases.
- Case, Moses, & Zimmerman P.A. Law Student Scholarship: This scholarship is intended to go to a second-year law student at a Kansas law school or Creighton University School of Law. The 2015 recipient is Ashley Akers of the University of Kansas School of Law.
- The Justice Alex M. Fromme Memorial Scholarship Award: 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 2015 recipient is Matthew T. Schippers of the University of Kansas School of Law.
- The John E. Shamberg Memorial Law Student Scholarship: This scholarship is for a Washburn University School of Law student who has an interest in plaintiff’s work, as well as a bona fide intention to practice law in Kansas. The 2015 recipient is Lisa L. Martin of Washburn University School of Law.
- Hinkle Elkouri Scholarship Award: 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 Elkouri law firm, applicants must also demonstrate a history of community involvement to be considered. The 2015 recipient is Valerie Desroches of Washburn University School of Law.
- Lathrop & Gage Scholarship Award: 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 2015 recipient is Kayla Roehler of Washburn University School of Law
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- Frank C. and Jeanne M. Norton Scholarship: 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 2015 recipient is Travis J. Ternes of Washburn University School of Law.