The Oregon Law Foundation Board of Directors make grants once each year, in December,
for payments to be made beginning in January. For 2016 the Board approved grants
totaling $1,000,000 The following is a list of the 2016 grantees accompanied
by a brief program description and amount of the grant award.
Association of Oregon Legal Services Programs - $715,000
The Association of Legal Services Programs is the primary source of civil legal assistance available to low
income Oregonians. The Association of Oregon Legal Services Programs provides legal services to low income
Oregonians through a coordinated statewide system centered on the needs of the client community. The Association
provides services through twenty offices located throughout the state to serve Oregonians living in poverty.
St Andrew Clinic - $105,000
St. Andrew Legal Clinic (SALC)
bridges the gap for people who don’t qualify for free services and
those who can not afford legal representation elsewhere. SALC is a public
law firm representing clients in family law disputes. SALC has three offices
located in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas Counties.
Immigration Counseling Service - $95,000
in immigration-related legal matters to low and moderate income people in Oregon
and Southwest Washington. The mission of ICS is to help families apply for
reunification, assist people fleeing persecution and violence, and educate
people about the citizenship process.
Multnomah Volunteer Lawyer project - $10,000
County Office of Legal Aid Services of Oregon has a specialized Pro Bono Unit
which operates six pro bono projects serving approximately 1800 clients annually.
Northwest Workers’ Justice Project (NWJP)
Northwest Employment Education and Defense Fund (NEED Fund)
NEED Fund were founded to fill an important gap in the legal services delivery
network in Oregon by providing community education and legal representation
to low wage, immigrant and contingent workers with respect to their employment
Disability Rights Oregon - $33,500
DRO provides statewide legal
services to Oregonians with disabilities who are victims of abuse or neglect
or have problems obtaining health care, special education, housing, employment,
public benefits and access to public and private services. Oregonians with
disabilities look to DRO to protect and advocate for their rights in courts,
with public agencies and with the state legislature.
Classroom Law Project - $3,000
The Classroom Law Project
promotes public understanding of the law and legal process for 15,000 elementary
and secondary students by incorporating the lessons and principles of democracy
into the school curriculum. Their programs include:
— High School Mock Trial Competition
— Summer Institute training for teachers
— We the People program on the Constitution and Bill of Rights
Oregon State Bar Affirmative Action Program – $2,000
Oregon State Bar Affirmative Action Program (AAP) has a recruiting and retention
strategy to increase ethnic minority diversity of the Oregon State Bar. This
strategy is called Opportunities for Law in Oregon (OLIO).
Youth, Rights and Justice - $1,500
YRJ provides legal services
to children and families, without the means to retain counsel, through individual
representation in juvenile court and school proceedings, and through class-wide
advocacy in the courts, the legislature and public agencies. YRJ has the only
Help-Line offering legal advice for children and teens in Oregon.
Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services - $17,000
CCILS is a non profit that serves immigrants who are members of linguistic and cultural minorities. CCILS represents clients before the United States’ Citizenship and Immigration Service, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals and coordinates a pro bono program, which refers cases for representation before the Ninth Circuit. In addition, CCILS provides outreach to over 8000 persons through various public mediums.