Submitted from The Alabama Civil Justice Foundation
October 15, 2018 (Montgomery, Ala.) The Alabama Civil Justice Foundation (ACJF) has awarded $1.63 million to six organizations that will create innovative programs to tackle some of the most difficult civil legal aid issues being faced in our state.
“These grants are focused on stabilizing low-income communities and/or targeted vulnerable community groups,” according to Josh Hayes, ACJF president. “ACJF believes those selected will be far-reaching with lasting impact.” The six 2018 recipients each offer a unique opportunity to help those who are unable to afford legal assistance or are in areas of the state that do not currently have programs readily available to those in need.
The grant funds that will be distributed over the next two to three years are a part of the $3.6 million in settlement funds received by ACJF from the Department of Justice and Bank of America following the 2008 financial crisis.
“These grants will have a transformative impact on legal services in Alabama,” stated John L. Carroll, former Dean of the Cumberland School of Law, ACJF Board of Directors and Grants Committee Member.
The following six recipients will receive a total of $1.63 million:
Birmingham AIDS Outreach (BAO), Alabama State Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program (ASB/VLP), Volunteer Lawyers Birmingham, Legal Services Alabama, Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program, and Equal Justice Works.
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