Grants Awarded - 2014

The Foundation of the Federal Bar Association funded six Chapter Community Outreach Grants in 2014. The following six FBA chapters were recognized during the Foundation’s luncheon at the FBA Annual Meeting and Convention in Providence, RI:

  • Chattanooga Chapter (TN): The 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.
    Funding from the Foundation of the Federal Bar Association is helping to support a chapter program to celebrate the 50thanniversary of the Civil Rights Act. Funding helped the chapter develop an oral history commemorating the passage of the Civil Rights Act, and a program to remember Chattanooga’s struggles and triumphs around the Civil Rights Act; these activities aimed to unite the community and to inspire today’s youth to learn about the law and to seek its full benefits in the future. $5,000 granted in February 2014. 
  • North Central Florida Chapter (FL): University of Florida Law Student Writing Competition.
    Funding from the Foundation of the Federal Bar Association supported a writing competition at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. The writing competition is designed to address current topics of interest and to foster closer interaction among practitioners, judges and students. $2,000 granted in August 2014. 
  • Northern District of Ohio Chapter (OH): Prisons, Punishment, and Penalties in Ohio program.
    Funding from the Foundation of the Federal Bar Association will help to support a half-day seminar that will bring together state and federal officials to discuss prison reform. Invited speakers include both United States Senators from Ohio (Sen. Rob Portman and Sen. Sherrod Brown), the director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (Charles E. Samuels, Jr.) and the director of Ohio’s Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (Gary Mohr). The program coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Criminal Justice Act; program organizers noted on their grant application that both Ohio and the federal penal system face the same crisis: overcrowding; the need for alternatives to incarceration; and the fiscal impact of this crisis – all problems that no one imagined possible when the CJA was signed into law in 1964. $5,000 granted in August 2014. 
  • Orange County Chapter (CA): Pro Bono Promotion Lunch.
    Funding from the Foundation of the Federal Bar Association supported a luncheon designed to identify the available federal pro bono opportunities, highlight the value of participation to attorneys, and encourage continued pro bono involvement by recognizing volunteers with exceptional contributions to the pro bono field. $2,000 granted in August 2014. 
  • San Joaquin Valley Chapter (CA): Yosemite Law Day 2014.
    Funding from the Foundation of the Federal Bar Association helped to support a chapter program designed to educate 300 middle school students about the importance of the Rule of Law. The event, which took place in Yosemite National Park, included an essay contest, an address from a judicial officer and a dramatization of a historical event. $2,500 granted in February 2014. 
  • William D. Browning Tucson Chapter (AZ): Criminal Justice Act Training CLE and Reception Outreach.
    Funding from the Foundation of the Federal Bar Association helped to support an effort to increase FBA membership among CJA Panel members, which is disproportionately low. The William D. Browning Chapter worked with local federal judges and CJA representatives to establish a first-of-its-kind CJA mentor program, to introduce newly admitted Panel members to highly respected attorney-mentors, and to reach out to the approximately 145 current CJA members that are non-FBA members to encourage membership. $750 granted in February 2014.

“We know that FBA chapters and members across the country are committed to community service and outreach, and it is the Foundation’s honor to be able to support such worthy activities through our Chapter Community Outreach Grant program,” said Martha Hardwick Hofmeister. 

The Foundation of the Federal Bar Association encourages all FBA Chapters to consider submitting an application for these funds. More information, including the grant application and guidelines, is available online.

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