Georgia Bar Journal
GSB Vol. 14, NO. 4, Pg. 40.
Georgia Bar Foundation Awards $6,737,500 in Grants
GSB JournalVol. 14, NO. 4December 2008Georgia Bar Foundation Awards $6,737,500 in GrantsLen HortonAt its annual grants meeting on Sept. 18, , the Georgia Bar Foundation (the Foundation) awarded $6,737,500 in grants to 42 different organizations out of 89 applicants. The amount awarded was the greatest in the history of the Foundation, as was the total amount requested, which amounted to $9,901,200.
"I am pleased we were able to provide record-setting funding to these important organizations," said Joe Brannen, president of the Georgia Bar Foundation. "Without our support, many of these non-profits would have to suffer layoffs or, at the least, be less effective in doing their work."
The primary purpose of the Foundation is to provide civil legal services to the poor. Atlanta Legal Aid and Georgia Legal Services, which both receive funds from the Legal Services Corporation, together received $4 million. This, too, was a record. Both Steve Gottlieb and Phyllis Holmen are nationally recognized leaders in the effort to provide civil legal representation to the disadvantaged.
Also in this category of civil legal services to the poor, Catholic Charities Immigration Services received $60,000. Under the able leadership of Sue Colussy, this organization mentors lawyers new to immigration law and educates detainees with immigration issues.
The Georgia Appellate Practice and Educational Resource Center received $792,000 to fund staffing for post-conviction death penalty representation. Led by Tom Dunn, this organization always faces funding challenges due to the unpopular clientele served. Dunn is taking on this problem, and the Georgia Bar Foundation is helping.
The Georgia Law Center for the Homeless provides free legal assistance to the homeless and tries to solve the problems that cause homelessness in Georgia. Filling a unique niche in Georgia's efforts to provide civil legal services for the poor, this organization received $50,000.
The Law and Public Service Program of Mercer Law School, under the leadership of Tim Floyd, received $25,000 to provide law students with the opportunity to engage in direct legal services for the poor.
The Pro Bono Project, co-sponsored by the Georgia Legal Services Program and the State Bar, received full funding ($116,000) for operational support and $25,000 to provide technical support and assistance to pro bono programs, local bar associations, State Bar committees and sections. This grant concentrates on helping them integrate technology into their programs.
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