Contact: Rosanne M. Van Heertum
Director of Development, The New York Bar Foundation

February 12, 2009


ALBANY - The Board of Directors of The New York Bar Foundation recently awarded grants in the aggregate of $315,950 to fund 40 law-related projects. The grants have been awarded to legal services agencies, bar associations and other nonprofit organizations to fund projects throughout New York State. The grantees include:

• Albany - In Our Own Voices, Inc.; Public Utility Law Project of New York, Inc.; The Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York; and New York State Bar Association for the Law Student Legal Ethics Awards Program, the Disability and the Law video series, the Youth Law Day for economically disadvantaged and minority high school students, and the Law Youth and Citizenship Programs including the New York Statewide High School Mock Trial Tournament Finals 

• Bronx - The Bronx Defenders

• Brooklyn - Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project; South Brooklyn Legal Services, Inc.; and 

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

• Hempstead - Nassau/Suffolk Law Services Committee, Inc.

• Kingston - Court Appointed Special Advocates of Ulster County; and Workers' Rights Law Center of New York, Inc.
• New York - Brennan Center for Justice; inMotion, Inc.; Center for Court Innovation; Center for Family Representation, Inc.; Fund for Modern Courts; 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 Legal Assistance Group; New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children; Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation; Pro Bono Net, Inc.; The Door; The Legal Aid Society in New York City; Urban Justice Center; and Women's Prison Association

• Rochester - Legal Aid Society of Rochester, Inc.

• White Plains - Legal Services of the Hudson Valley; and Westchester County Bar Association

• Burlington, VT - Vermont Refugee Assistance with funding for use in Clinton County, NY only
Two grant awards to the Center for Court Innovation will have funds directed from The Judith S. Kaye Youth Court Fund whose purpose is to provide funding for activities in New York State's youth courts. The grants will be used to fund the Center for Court Innovation's Center for Courts and the Community Project, which will develop a recommended practices manual for New York's youth courts, and launch a new youth court in Staten Island. Youth courts are an alternative to the criminal justice system for community youth who have committed an offense no greater than a misdemeanor.

 Eight organizations were awarded grants to assist in funding programs that are helping people struggling with mortgage foreclosure, consumer debt or other related matters. Of those, Legal Services of the Hudson Valley and New York Legal Assistance Group will have funding directed from The Business Law Section Fund, which was established with a $20,000 gift from the Business Law Section of the New York State Bar Association.
John R. Horan, Foundation president, 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 Board of Directors will review grant proposals again this year; the next grant application deadline is April 1, 2009. Please go to to access a grant application or to make an online donation.

For more information, contact Rosanne M. Van Heertum, director of development, The New York Bar Foundation, One Elk Street, Albany NY 12207, 518/487-5650 or  Established in 1950, The New York Bar Foundation is dedicated to aiding charitable and educational projects to meet the law-related needs of the public and the legal profession.