Contact: Rosanne M. Van Heertum
Director of Development, The New YorkBar Foundation
July 16, 2009
THE NEW YORK BAR FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES GRANT
Funds Will Support 26 Law-related Programs in
Communities Throughout New York
The Board of Directors of The New York Bar Foundation recently
awarded grants that will fund 26 law-related projects providing a
variety of legal service needs, including several educational programs
for young people. The programs will be conducted by legal services
organizations, bar associations and other nonprofits throughout New
York. The Foundation has awarded 67 grants to date during the year
President M. Catherine Richardson said, “It is more important
than ever that during these difficult economic times, The New York Bar
Foundation reinforces its objective to aid charitable and educational
projects to meet the law-related needs of the public and the legal
profession. Through these grants, important programs will continue to
meet these needs. Funding for all projects comes from generous
charitable contributions to The Foundation from lawyers, law firms,
corporations and others.”
The June grant award recipients include:
• Albany – The Legal Project of the Capital District
Women's Bar Association; Center for Law and Justice, Inc.; and
Prisoners' Legal Services of New York
• Batavia - Genesee County Youth Bureau
• Binghamton - ACCORD, A Center for Dispute Resolution,
• Brooklyn - Make the Road New York; Red Hook Community
• Buffalo - Western New York Law Center, Inc.
• Canandaigua - The Partnership for Ontario County,
• Corning - CASA of the Southern Tier, Inc.
• Flushing - Young Korean American Service & Education
Center, Inc. (YKASEC)
• Huntington - Huntington Youth Bureau Youth Development
Research Institute, Inc.
• Islip Terrace - Mercy Haven, Inc.
• Mount Morris - Hillside Children's Foundation
• New York - Court Appointed Special Advocates, Inc.
(CASA) New York; LatinoJustice PRLDEF; Lawyers for Children; Legal
Action Center; New York Legal Assistance Group; Partnership for
Children's Rights; Partnership for the Homeless; Volunteers of Legal
• Plattsburgh - Rural Law Center of New York, Inc.
• Rochester - Al Sigl Center; PathStone Corporation
• Yorktown Heights - Alliance for Safe Kids, Inc.
Funding for grant awards to the Center for Law and Justice, Legal Action
Center, Prisoner’s Legal Services of New York and CASA New York
has been directed from The Foundation’s John R. Dunne Fund. The
Fund was established in 2003 to honor the legal scholar, activist, and
former state senator who has a storied career as a lawyer, statesman and
politician. From 1990 to 1993, Dunne was the Assistant Attorney General
for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Justice and was a member of
the New York State Senate for twenty-four years, serving from 1966 to
1989. As a state senator, he served at various times as Deputy Majority
Leader and chair of the judiciary, environmental protection, insurance,
and prisons committees. He is currently senior counsel at Whiteman
Osterman & Hanna LLP in Albany. The John R. Dunne Fund provides
funding for legal services to families and children of indigent
prisoners, continuing Dunne’s dedication to this important
The New York Legal Assistance Group and the Domestic Violence Legal
Connection/Domestic Violence and Military Families Project at the
Capital District Women’s Bar Association’s Legal Project
will use their awards to conduct a fellowship for a law student to
assist with domestic violence cases involving matrimonial law. The
fellowships have been named in memory of Joan L. Ellenbogen, who
practiced matrimonial and family law at the law firm Ellenbogen &
Goldstein, P.C. of New York from 1979 until her death in 2001. In 1980,
she was the founding president of the Women’s Bar Association of
the State of New York, an organization dedicated to the advancement of
women in society and in the legal profession.
The next grant application deadline is October 15, 2009. The
Foundation’s Board of Directors will review submitted applications
in January 2010. Please go to www.tnybf.org to access a grant
application or to make an online donation.
For more information, please contact Rosanne M. Van Heertum, director of
development, The New York Bar Foundation, One Elk Street, Albany NY
12207, 518/487-5650 or email her at email@example.com.