The Legal Services Corporation announced that Iowa Legal Aid will receive a 24-month $364,709 Pro Bono Innovation Fund grant for its Pro Bono Revitalization Project and a $59,734 Technology Initiative grant to update and expand its use of A2J Author, a cloud-based software tool.
The Pro Bono Revitalization Project’s goal is to build a robust pro bono program that will make it easier for attorneys in Iowa to provide legal services to low-income individuals. In 2015, Iowa Legal Aid closed 16,203 cases that helped approximately 38,000 people. Despite these high numbers, Iowa Legal Aid must turn away or underserve nearly 10,000 people every year.
The Pro Bono Revitalization Project will focus on creating a pro bono program that is more strategic, efficient and effective in referring appropriate cases to pro bono attorneys. The project will also work to enlist the help of judges and attorneys to educate attorneys about the benefits of pro bono service.
Iowa Legal Aid is one of 11 recipients of LSC’s $4 million Pro Bono Innovation Fund, a competitive grant program that invests in projects that identify and promote replicable innovations in pro bono for low-income legal aid clients. This is the third year LSC has awarded Pro Bono Innovation Fund grants.