The Oregon Law Foundation Board of Directors make grants once each year, in December,
for payments to be made beginning in January. For 2017 the Board approved grants
totaling $1,050,000. The following is a list of the 2017 grantees accompanied
by a brief program description and amount of the grant award.
Association of Oregon Legal Services Programs - $750,645
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-four offices located throughout the state to serve Oregonians living in poverty.
St Andrew Clinic - $110,250
St. Andrew Legal Clinic (SALC) bridges the gap for people who don’t qualify for free services and those who cannot afford legal representation elsewhere. SALC provides the working poor with legal representation in family law cases. Today, SALC operates from two offices and one satellite locations and assists hundreds of families in seven counties; Clackamas, Columbia, Multnomah, Union, Wallowa, Washington and Yamhill. In its 37 years of service to the community SALC has provided legal assistant to more than 57,000 families in the greater Portland metropolitan area.
Immigration Counseling Service - $99,750
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.
Disability Rights Oregon - $35,175
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.
Northwest Workers’ Justice Project (NWJP)
Northwest Employment Education and Defense Fund (NEED Fund)
NWJP and NEED Fund provides community education and legal representation to low wage, immigrant and contingent workers with respect to their employment matters.
Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services - $17,850
CCILS is a nonprofit 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.
Multnomah Volunteer Lawyer project - $10,500
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.
Youth, Rights and Justice - $1,575
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.
Classroom Law Project - $3,150
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 – $2,205
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).