Contact: Brandon J. Vogel
Media Writer, Department of Media Services & Public Affairs

April 8, 2008


At its most recent meeting, the Board of Directors of The New York Bar Foundation awarded grants in the aggregate of $304,333 to nonprofit and other organizations across New York Stateto fund 35 law-related programs.

Foundation president John R. Horan said, "We are pleased to support law-related projects that will benefit individuals and families throughout our communities in New York State. The funding for all of these important projects comes from generous charitable contributions to The Foundation from lawyers, law firms, corporations and others."

The grantees include:

· Albany - Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York; New York State Bar Association for the Legal Ethics Awards Program; Law Youth and Citizenship Programs; and Student Loan Assistance Program

· Bronx - Bronx Defenders

· Brooklyn - Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project; Red Hook Community Justice Center; South Brooklyn Legal Services, Inc. Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic;

· Buffalo - Erie CountyChapter of NYSARC, Inc.

· Geneva - Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.

· IslipTerrace - Mercy Haven Inc.

· Jamaica - Queens Volunteer Lawyers Project, Inc. of Queens County Bar Association

· Jamestown - Jamestown Bar Association; Robert H. Jackson Center

· Kingston - Court Appointed Special Advocates of Ulster County

· New York - Brennan Center for Justice; The Legal Aid Society; Legal Services for New York City; Lenox Hill Neighborhood House; National Center for Law and Economic Justice; New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, Inc.; New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children; The Family Center; Urban Justice Center; Women's Prison Association

· Rochester - Al Sigl Center; Legal Aid Society of Rochester, Inc.; Rural Opportunities, Inc. Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic

· White Plains - Pace Women's Justice Center

The grants continue the Foundation's tradition of supporting charitable and educational projects to meet the law-related needs of the public and the legal profession.

Four grants will have funds directed from The Richard J. Bartlett Fund, the purpose of which is to provide funding to improve legal services to the indigent. The grant to The Legal Aid Society of New York City will be used for its Section 8 Affordable Housing Project, which will focus on litigation and legislation that will benefit thousands of low-income individuals and families in New York Citywhose landlords are refusing to honor the tenants' legal rights to affordable housing in the private market. Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York will use its grant for an attorney to work for the Children's Law Project in Schenectady County. The grant award to the Legal Aid Society of Rochester will fund its Immigration Program to provide legal representation in immigration matters for low-income persons residing in a 14-county area of upstate New York. Legal Services for New York City will use its grants forLawHelp/NY, an online legal information clearinghouse that helps low-income New Yorkers find free legal services and information about legal rights.

Funding for two grants has been directed from The John R. Dunne Fund, which provides for legal services to families and children of indigent prisoners. The Women's Prison Association will use the grant for its Law Project to assist women involved in the criminal justice system with issues concerning child custody, domestic violence, housing, benefits and employment. The grant for the Bronx Defenders will be used for its Reentry Net Program, an online resource that provides advocates with training and resources needed to help families through the reentry process.

The Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York will conduct a summer fellowship for a minority law student to assist the organization in representing tenants in local landlord-tenant courts. The grant award for the fellowship was directed from The Real Property Law Section Minority Fellowship Fund.

Grants to support Low-Income Taxpayer Clinics were awarded to Rural Opportunities, Inc. and South Brooklyn Legal Services from The Tax Section Fund. The clinics provide representation for low-income taxpayers with matters relating to taxes including audit, appeals, and collection issues.

Funding for the grant to the Student Loan Assistance for the Public Interest (SLAPI) Program of the New York State Bar Association was directed from The Foundation's SLAPI Fund. The program provides financial assistance to attorneys working in legal services organizations to help pay down their student loans.

The Board of Directors reviews grant proposals twice a year; its next deadline for grant applications is October 15, 2008. Application forms can be accessed through The Foundation's Web site at

For more information about The New York Bar Foundation, contact Rosanne Van Heertum, director of development, The New York Bar Foundation, One Elk Street , Albany NY 12207, 518/487-5650 or