Endowment Grants: July–December 2013
The North Carolina Bar Association Foundation announces its most recent endowment grants approved on June 20, 2013 at the Board of Directors Meeting in Asheville. A total of 16 grants for July–December 2013 were approved in the amount of $127,874, including nine statewide and seven local/regional grants. This grant cycle includes support for four legal service projects; three law school projects; two law student outreach programs; two youth outreach projects; one judicial project; one project each in Wake County, Winston-Salem, Asheville and Charlotte.
All of the organizations and their projects are listed below with dollar amounts for each grant in parenthesis.
The purposes of the NCBA Foundation Endowment are:
- To build respect for and understanding of the law;
- To support the delivery of legal services to eligible indigent communities;
- To support legally related community service projects;
- To study, improve and facilitate the administration of justice; and
- To enhance the professional competence of lawyers
Semi-annual grants assist dozens of statewide bar and legally related service/educational projects of many bar-affiliated non-profit organizations. The Endowment is the philanthropic workhorse of the NCBA Foundation and the NCBA. Since 1988, 555 endowment grants totaling more than $4.3 million have been awarded.
Judicial Performance Evaluation – The grant will increase accountability and enhance the performance of the Superior and District Court judges by providing a performance evaluation of all candidates for the trial bench in 2014. A public service will be provided to inform the electorate before the primary and general elections of the performance evaluation of trial bench judicial candidates. ($33,550)
YLD Law Week Committee – Activities will be sponsored to implement the statewide Law Week observances for students by providing activity booklets, contests, and the Moot Court Competition. The purpose is to make youth and public aware of the importance of law and legal traditions in our state and country. The Committee’s year-long activities culminate with the Law Day Ceremony which will be held on May 2, 2014. Awards will be presented to the winners of the contests and the winning team in the Moot Court Competition. ($20,000)
Law-Related Education in our Schools – The funds will aid several projects coordinated by LRE. Camp Confidence is a daylong event that will be in partnership with the Cary Police Department. The Justice Teaching Institute in Salter Path, NC will train selected teachers as they focus on the 2nd Amendment and NC gun ownership laws, Castle Doctrine, and other relevant issue. Lawyers 4 Literacy will throw a Family Night at Snipes Elementary School in New Hanover County in partnership with the Cape Fear Literacy Council. The grant will also be used towards the Justice Iredell Middle School Mock Trial Regional Tournaments. ($10,197)
Transitioning Lawyers Commission – This program is to help lawyers transition from active practice into retirement. There are three phases of the project: education, testing, and intervention. The goals are to help lawyers who know that it’s time to retire, but don’t know how. ($20,000)
YLD Bar Exam Fund – The exam fund will provide limited financial assistance to at least 42 NC law student bar exam applicants for coverage of the lap top fee for the July 2013 bar exam. Seven North Carolina law schools will identify six students who are in financial need. ($5,250)
Dr. I Beverly Lake Award – This award annually recognizes an outstanding attorney in North Carolina who has performed exemplary public service in his or her community. The restricted funds will be used to award an honorarium and allow them to select NCBA programs to help further their mission. ($5,267)
YLD Bar Exam Committee – The committee will coordinate and facilitate Bar Exam Meet & Greet receptions as well as Bar Exam Workshops to help prepare new and repeat bar examinees to pass the bar exam by providing strategies and resources so they can pass the bar exam. ($2,000)
NC Center on Actual Innocence – Innocence Claim Review – The Center identifies, investigates and advances credible claims of innocence made by inmates convicted of felonies in North Carolina. The Center’s secondary mission is to educate policymakers, the public, students, the media, and the legal/law enforcement communities about causation issues that lead to wrongful convictions. ($2,000)
YLD Wills for Heroes Committee – The grant will allow the Wills for Heroes to provide essential estate planning documents, free of charge, to first responders, their spouses and partners, and significant others across the state of North Carolina. Volunteer attorneys prepare wills, living wills, durable powers of attorney and health care powers of attorneys. ($2,500)
Elon University School of Law – The Elder Law Clinic – The clinic is designed to serve low income residents of Guilford County. The grant supports the Client Needs Fund which would pay for court costs and litigation expenses (expert witnesses) for indigent clients. ($2,000)
Wake Forest University School of Law – The Elder Law Clinic – Their Client Needs Fund will be able to afford to pay client's court costs, litigation expenses, filing fees, and print community brochures. ($2,000)
NCCU School of Law – Teens N Transition (TNT) is an educational based mentoring program which connects law students from NCCU School of Law with the youth located at the Durham County Youth Home. The mission of TNT is to provide youth with the skills necessary to ensure their success subsequent to their detention and to deter recidivism. ($910)
The Child's Advocate – With the grant funds, The Child's Advocate is able to provide needed legal representation using a legal-mental health partnership for children in Wake County whose lives are being dramatically affected by the legal system. ($4,500)
Pisgah Legal Services – Mountain Area Pro Bono Domestic Violence Help is a community-based nonprofit law firm in Asheville providing free civil legal assistance to improve the lives of low-income people in the 17 western-most counties. ($4,500)
SafeAlliance – Legal Representation Project – They will assist victims of domestic violence and sexual assault to obtain protective orders in Charlotte. Without legal representation, many victims of domestic violence risk being retraumatized by our complex legal system. ($4,500)
The Children's Law Center of Central North Carolina – The Advocates for Children in Domestic Violence provides advocacy and representation to vulnerable children embroiled in high conflict custody or domestic violence cases. The grant is made possible by the Bell Justice Fund and unrestricted funds. ($8,700)
Direct any questions you might have about applying for grants in the future to Tom Hull, Director of Development for the NCBA Foundation, via e-mail (email@example.com) or phone 919-677-0561 or 800-662-7407.