STATE BAR ASSOCIATION OFFERS PUBLIC SERVICE LAWYERS
GRANTS TO HELP REPAY LAW SCHOOL STUDENT LOANS
Government and public interest lawyers burdened by student loan debt
can apply for grants through the New York State Bar Association.
To be eligible for the Steven C. Krane Special Committee on Student
Loan Assistance for the Public Interest grants, attorneys must have
practiced for at least five years. Priority will be given to civil legal
services attorneys. Each grant will be for a minimum of $2,000.
“Public service attorneys play a critical role in society. Law
school loan debt can discourage attorneys from continuing their vital
work,” said committee co-chair C. Bruce Lawrence of Rochester
(Boylan Code LLP). “We hope these grants will enable them to keep
doing the public good.”
“While earning often modest salaries, public service attorneys
who have practiced for five years are ineligible for many loan
forgiveness programs. The Student Loan Assistance for the Public
Interest Program fills an important need for attorneys committed to
helping the public,” said committee co-chair Edwina Frances Martin
of New York City (Legal Services NYC).
Applications are due November 30, 2011. Applications must be mailed
to: SLAPI, New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street, Albany, NY
12207. Recipients will be announced in January.
The Special Committee on Student Loan Assistance for the Public
Interest was created by Past State Bar President Steven C. Krane in
2001. It was renamed for Krane after he died in June 2010.
On November 1, the committee and loan repayment expert Heather Jarvis
presented a free webinar on student loan forgiveness, attended by more
than 100 people. Because of the popularity of the program, another
webinar is planned for February 28, 2012.
The 77,000-member New York State Bar Association is the largest
voluntary state bar association in the nation. It was founded in