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NCBF Awards Endowment Grants

NCBF Awards Endowment Grants

Endowment grants underwrite worthwhile projects such as Wills for Heroes, enabling volunteers like Sarah Schtakleff to prepare free estate planning documents for first responders.

The North Carolina Bar Foundation (NCBF) will award 22 grants totaling $151,522 in the July-December 2017 grant cycle. The grants, approved at the summer meeting of the NCBF Board of Directors in Asheville, will support worthwhile educational, public service and pro bono projects throughout North Carolina.

Established in 1987, the NCBF Endowment has awarded nearly $5.8 million for 729 grants across North Carolina. Long considered the philanthropic heart of the NCBF, the Endowment serves as a sterling example of how members of the North Carolina Bar Association give back to their communities and their state.

“We are grateful to the members of the North Carolina Bar Association for their ongoing generosity and support,” said Judge Julian Mann, chair of the NCBF Endowment Committee. “Their gifts enable the Endowment to award grants that support so many worthy causes across our big state.”

Grants are awarded in conjunction with the following purposes and objectives of the NCBF: to study, improve and facilitate the administration of justice; to build respect for and understanding of the law; to enhance the professional competence of lawyers; to support the delivery of legal services to eligible indigent communities; and to support legally related community service projects.

Recipients of the new grants, their projects and grant amounts are:

NCBF Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee│Judicial Performance Evaluation Survey: The project   will enhance the performance and increase accountability of the trial bench judges, and provide a public service to inform the electorate before the primary and general elections of the performance evaluation of trial bench judicial candidates. ($20,000)

NC Supreme Court Historical Society/Celebrate NC Courts Committee│Documentary Film on Judicial Branch: The film will celebrate the 200 year history of the North Carolina Supreme Court and to use as an educational tool for citizens and students across the state. ($12,500)

NCBF Law-Related Education Advisory Committee│Middle School Mock Trial Regionals and State Finals: Introduces students to the trial process by producing a mock trial case and with the support of their teacher coaches, must develop their case and compete against other teams across the state. ($16,810)

NCBF Law-Related Education Advisory Committee│Justice Teaching Institute: This training bring together high school teachers from across the state for an intensive program focusing on best practices in teaching civics to high school students. Teachers return to their local school systems and improve local civics education. ($10,000)

NCBA YLD Law Week/Liberty Bell Committee│Liberty Bell Award: Support for semifinal moot court competition for high school students from across NC and underwriting for awards banquet/ceremony. ($12,500)

NCBA Senior Lawyers Division D. Staton & Maude B. Inscoe Scholarship Fund │North Carolina law schools select the recipient from their law school to receive the scholarship based upon greatest need. ($12,000)

Project Outreach │ Resolving Conflicts in Schools: Focuses on teaching youth in grades 3-8 in rural Sampson County how the justice system works by teaching them courtroom procedures and conflict resolution and mediation techniques. ($1,000)

NCBF Military & Veterans Affairs Committee│Uniformed Active-Duty CLE Tuition Assistance will defray the cost of attendance for uniformed active duty attorneys and paralegals posted to NC bases. ($6,000)

NCBA Convention Planning Advisory Committee│28th Annual Meeting Willis Smith/Willis Smith, Jr. Professionalism Speaker: Professor Theresa Newman of Duke Law School made a challenging presentation on ethics and professionalism at the Annual Meeting. ($9,018)

YLD Bar Exam Committee│Bar Exam Study/Review Workshop: Workshops aim to aid individuals who will be taking the upcoming exams, which includes a presentation, study tips, essay organization, practice essay, personal tips, and Q&A section. ($1,000)

NCBA Education Law Section│Law Institute for Teachers (LIFT) Conference: This conference provides teachers with an overview of various legal topics that impact student rights. ($2,000)

NCBA YLD Wills for Heroes│Helps draft and support Wills and Powers of Attorney for North Carolina first responders and their families at sites across the state. ($1,000)

NCBA YLD Legal Feeding Frenzy│Lawyers and law firms collect food statewide through friendly competition for food in-secure people in conjunction with NC Food Banks. ($680)

Legal Aid of North Carolina│Lawyer on the Line Project: To support the staff at our Legal Hotline, in support of the NCBF Lawyer on the Line pro bono volunteer project. ($20,000)

Safe Alliance: Victim Assistance│Legal Representation Program: Provides free legal representation to victims in Charlotte in DVPO (Domestic Violence Protection Orders) hearings so that victims do not have to go through the justice system feeling alone and frightened. ($5,000)

Children's Law Center of Central NC│Advocates for Children in Domestic Violence:  Provide children with quality legal advocacy in the role of Guardian ad Litem in the Triad by focusing on civil domestic violence issues, high conflict custody cases, and ensuring access to education. ($5,014)

North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCCADV) Legal Representation Project│Providing direct legal representation in NC counties in an effort to end domestic violence and to enhance work with survivors. ($5,000)

Legal Services of North Carolina│Fair Housing initiative: Develop research data and materials designed to educate and broaden the understanding of the bar, policy makers, the real estate industry, and the general public of the relevance and benefits of fair housing laws and practices. ($2,000)

Pisgah Legal Services Assistance for Immigrants│To engage private attorneys in responding to the immediate threats facing immigrants in 17 counties of Western NC through the Mountain Area Volunteer Lawyer Program (MAVL) ($4,000)

NC Center on Actual Innocence │Innocence Claim Review: Identifies, investigates and advances credible innocence claims asserted by convicted felons in NC. ($2,000)

Compass Center for Women and Families│Family Law Workshops: Free Legal Education Workshops addressing Family Law issues in Fayetteville. ($2,000)

Council for Children's Rights│Custody Advocacy Program: Improve the lives and futures of children in Mecklenburg County through legal representation and individual advocacy. ($2,000)