Ohio State Bar Foundation announces 2019 fall grant recipients

December 05, 2019


COLUMBUS, OH (Dec. 5, 2019) – The Ohio State Bar Foundation is awarding $454,648 to 13 Ohio nonprofit organizations with unique projects across the state through its Fall Grants Cycle. Each project fulfills the OSBF’s mission of promoting the pursuit of justice and public understanding of the rule of law.

The projects are as follows:

  • $100,000 to Ohio Legal Help for its Content Expansion and Continuous Improvement project, which will expand its website content, including sections on legal information for seniors, legal information for veterans, education, employment, and civil consequences that could be faced should one interact with the criminal justice system.
  • $75,000 to the Law and Leadership Institute for its Diversity in Leadership Fellowship project. Aimed at first-year law students, this will help them explore diversity and inclusion in the legal profession and expand understanding of the issues impacting the recruitment and retention of diverse attorneys. These students will have the opportunity to work with public officials, nonprofit board members, firms, and government offices on the issues of diversity and inclusion and will serve as mentors to LLI high school students.
  • $50,000 to the Immigrant and Refugee Law Center for its Volunteer Attorney Program. Through this program, the organization will provide hands-on immigration law education to law students and lawyers, while increasing capacity to serve the legal needs of refugee and immigrant clients.
  • $50,000 to the Ohio Justice and Policy Center for development of its Digital Resources Center. With this grant, the organization will create an online resource center to provide information on legal issues for incarcerated people, rights of prisoners, criminal justice-related activities, and changing laws for criminal-records mitigation. The Digital Resources Center will aim to serve those directly impacted by the criminal legal system and family members, social services, community organizations, government agencies, and legal professionals.
  • $41,200 to the Ohio State Bar Association for its Rural Practice Clerkship Program. Through this program, the association aims to attract new lawyers to rural practice by connecting them with experienced practitioners. Training and mentoring are provided for lawyers transitioning from an academic environment to a legal practice in small, rural communities.
  • $37,975 to the Ohio Alliance of YMCAs Foundation to expand its YMCA Youth & Government Program. Through this program, Ohio middle school and high school students are provided leadership training, civic engagement opportunities, and insights into national- and state-level government.
  • $22,200 to the Equality Ohio Education Fund for Phase II of Equality Ohio’s Legal Clinic. Through this, they provide legal and quasi-legal services to LGBTQ Ohioans through Know Your Rights clinics, printed resources, expansion of attorney referral networks, and attorney training CLE conferences.
  • $21,773 to Ohio State Legal Services Association for the Carroll County Consumer Education and Outreach Project, which will provide legal help and education to people in Carroll County on the need and how to of responding to lawsuits by creditors in the secondary market. This project will involve targeted outreach, accessible pro se educational materials, and individualized assistance to identify and address barriers for those who are facing consumer lawsuits.
  • $20,500 to Legal Aid Society of Columbus for its legal Help for Successful Community Reentry project. This project will help remove barriers to reentry and employment for soon-to-be-released inmates, including providing education about the CQE and CAE process, resolving driver's license issues, and connecting to resources for housing, food, and medical care.
  • $15,000 to Athens County Court Appointment Special Advocates Guardians Ad Litem Program for its project Every Word Heard. This project will support staff and volunteer training to improve services to older youth and teens in foster care and those recently emancipated, including specialized events, projects, and age appropriate resources to help them understand their rights.
  • $11,000 to the University of Cincinnati, Clermont, for the Justice in Jeans Legal Clinic. This clinic will provide attorney-led informational sessions for students and community members in an accessible, non-intimidating environment. Sessions will cover relevant topics, such as domestic issues, expungement, and estate planning. Intake interviews and resource information will be provided to participants by paralegal students.
  • $9,000 to Dominican Sisters of Peace for its Legal Education for Latino Families project, which will provide legal education for Latino families and youth on citizenship, immigration laws, employment, and completing legal forms through a series of workshops and educational sessions.
  • $1,000 to the Akron Municipal Court for the Written Resources for the Akron Municipal OVI Court and the Peace of Mind Probation Program. This program will provide written workbooks to OVI Court defendants working through treatment programs and Peace of Mind Program participants to address mental health aspects related to previous criminal behavior.

If you’d like to learn more about any of the grantees, or be connected with them directly, contact OSBF’s Grants Manager Tiffany Patterson at TPatterson@OSBF.net or 614-487-4483.

About the Ohio State Bar Foundation
The Ohio State Bar Foundation is a 501(c)(3) grantmaking organization and is the largest bar foundation in the U.S. The OSBF works to advance the law and build a better justice system by awarding more than $750,000 in grants annually to nonprofit organizations across Ohio. For more information about the Foundation, or to donate to the organization, please visit OSBF.org.

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