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Iowa State Bar Foundation awards 2017 grants

Thursday, May 11, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Zach Zuber
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The Iowa State Bar Foundation board has decided on 2017 grant award recipients. The awards this year total $76,675 and include:
• ISBA Center for Law and Civic Education Mock Trial Program - $30,000 for sites, supplies and materials to support the middle school and high school mock trial programs, which serve close to 4,000 students annually from approximately 175 schools around the state.
• ISBA Young Lawyers Division Know Your Constitution Program - $20,000 to fund a trip to Washington, D.C. for five students and their teachers, as well as a luncheon for the top 100 students selected as finalists in the Know Your Constitution essay test competition.
• Justice for Our Neighbors - $10,000 toward the operating costs of this pro bono program that responds to the needs of low-income refugees and immigrants in Iowa.
• ISBA Find-A-Lawyer and Free Legal Answers - $7,500 to fund public marketing initiatives (ex: print, digital, radio ads) to increase public awareness of the free legal resources and access to pro bono help housed on
• Iowa Legal Aid - $4,675 toward a pilot project related to child support guideline assistance for low-income Iowans.
• Iowa Law Firm Incubator - $2,500 to advance the continued development of a law firm incubator in Iowa with the purpose of expanding access to affordable legal help for people with very low-to-moderate incomes and training Iowa lawyers to succeed in establishing sustainable firms to meet “gap market” legal needs. 
• Children and Families of Iowa - $1,000 to support legal advocacy for survivors of domestic violence.
• Art Force Iowa - $1,000 to help support the Creative Pathways art program for at-risk youth in Polk County.

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