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Kansas Bar Foundation awards $350,000 in grants and scholarships

The Kansas Bar Foundation (KBF) is committed to assisting the improvement of the legal system for all Kansans. One of the key methods of accomplishing this objective is by providing grants to civil legal service programs. The KBF is proud to announce that in 2018, seven Kansas organizations will receive IOLTA grants and four Community Redevelopment and Homeowners Assistance grants will be awarded. In addition, ten law students will receive scholarships.

IOLTA Grants
Funding for IOLTA comes from the Interests on Lawyer Trusts Accounts program. The program is a partnership with Kansas bankers and lawyers that started in 1984 and provides interest from attorney trust accounts to be used to fund charitable purposes. www.ksbar.org/iolta.

There is no shortage of unmet legal needs each year across Kansas,” said Scott Hill, IOLTA Committee Chair. “While we always hope we can do more, the Kansas Bar Foundation is proud to partner with Kansas banks to assist Kansas organizations in providing much needed legal services.”

Kansas Legal Services $25,000
To provide civil legal services through advice and representation to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and crime victims throughout the state. www.kansaslegalservices.org

Catholic Charities of Northern Kansas $5,000
To provide low-cost immigration services to 350 immigrants in 2018 and to provide consultations in Hays and Manhattan on a monthly basis. The organization will also provide ten scholarships to low-income individuals who would like to pursue citizenship but need ESL classes to improve English skills and civic knowledge. www.ccnks.org

Kansas CASA $10,000

To increase their ability to advocate for children by increasing the number of trained volunteers and increasing the supervision of volunteers in the state. www.kansascasa.org

National Institute for Trial Advocacy $10,226
To provide a three-day public services advocacy skills training program at no charge for public service attorneys in Kansas. The learning-by-doing program provides a setting for attorneys to develop trial advocacy skills. www.nita.org

KBA Law Related Education Committee $3,000
To provide Law Wise, a free, electronic resource for educators that provides lesson plans and information about civics, history, government and the law. To also provide other printed materials for students and educators. www.ksbar.org/educator_resources


El Centro $5,000
To serve low-income immigrants during a critical time. The funding will be used for the Immigrant Assistance Clinic providing legal resources and services in the Topeka and surrounding areas. www.elcentrotopeka.org

Wichita Family Crisis Center $2,574
To support the implementation of free legal clinics for low-income survivors of domestic and sexual abuse and to increase the volunteer base for the services provided. www.wichitafamilycrisiscenter.org

Community Redevelopment and Homeowners Assistance Grants

In 2015, the Kansas Bar Foundation received $3,273,938.50 from a national settlement to be used for the sole purpose of providing funding to legal aid organizations in the State of Kansas. The focus is to provide legal services for foreclosure prevention and legal services for community redevelopment.

Kansas Legal Services $200,000
To fund direct legal assistance to the public for services involving legal assistance in foreclosure prevention and outreach/education for the public in housing stability issues that include foreclosure prevention, loan modification and working with lenders to implement reasonable payment plans. KLS will also provide legal assistance to persons who face barriers to stable housing and safe neighborhoods to assist with community redevelopment by creating safer and more secure neighborhoods.

Kansas Legal Services $75,000 (for three $25,000 grants)
To partner with the Wyandotte County Bar Association to provide direct legal assistance to residents in Wyandotte County facing serious and persistent legal barriers to employment and home ownership. This includes services such as expungement and sealing of criminal records, driver’s license issues, occupational licensing issues, identify theft, credit repair, child support arrearages, and wage theft. The same program will be coordinated for residents in Sedgwick County with the Wichita Bar Association and for residents in Shawnee County with the Topeka Bar Association.

www.kansaslegalservices.org

Scholarships

Attorneys and law firms have established several scholarship opportunities for law students. New for 2018 is the Hon. Richard D. and Cindy Rogers Scholarship. Cindy Rogers of Topeka, established the scholarship in honor of her late husband, Judge Rogers, who served as a Federal District Court judge for 40 years.

Members of the Kansas Bar Foundation Scholarship Committee reviewed applications from students.

Since I have been on the scholarship committee, we have always had more worthy applicants than we do scholarships. Every recipient has expressed gratitude over the help the KBF has provided to his or her education. Scholarships are a living memorial or honor which not only keeps on giving, it provides encouragement and recognition to deserving law students,” said Katherine L. Kirk, Chair, Scholarship Committee Chair.

2018 Scholarship Recipients:

Hon. Richard D. and Cindy Rogers Scholarship $1,000
The scholarship will be used to promote the practice of law in the state of Kansas by annually awarding funds to a student attending Washburn University School of Law to assist with the costs of tuition. The student must have an expressed interest in practicing law in a rural community in Kansas. The 2018 recipient is Curry Sexton, Washburn University School of Law.

Case, Moses, & Zimmerman P.A. Law Student Scholarship $1,100

This scholarship is intended to go to a second-year law student at a Kansas law school, Creighton University School of Law or Oklahoma City University School of Law. The scholarship is awarded to a second-year law student who has demonstrated a bona fide intention of practicing in the state of Kansas. The 2018 recipient is 
Brandon Fortman, Washburn University School of Law.

The Justice Alex M. Fromme Memorial Scholarship Award $900
The award is intended for a law student attending the University of Kansas Law School or Washburn University Law School who is committed to practicing law in Kansas. The 2018 recipient is 
Mackenzie Maki, Washburn University School of Law.

Hinkle Law Firm Student Scholarship $2,300
This scholarship is intended for a law student at the University of Kansas School of Law or Washburn University School of Law. Applicants should demonstrate a bona fide intention to practice law in Kansas. Because community service is extremely important to the Hinkle Law firm, applicants must also demonstrate a history of community involvement to be considered. The 2018 recipient is 
Teresa Offerman, Washburn University School of Law.

Lathrop & Gage Student Scholarship $1,900
This scholarship is awarded to a law student at the University of Kansas School of Law or Washburn University School of Law. Applicants should demonstrate a bona fide intention to practice law in Kansas. Applicants must demonstrate a history of community involvement to be considered. The 2018 recipient is 
Jennifer Salva, Washburn University School of Law.

Frank C. and Jeanne M. Norton Scholarship $1,700

This scholarship is available exclusively to Washburn University School of Law students in their second or third year of study who are not receiving any other scholarship support. The 2018 recipient is 
Ryan Crowell, Washburn University School of Law.

The Capitol Federal Foundation Diversity Scholarship $1,000
This scholarship is awarded to a third-year law student who has demonstrated exemplary leadership in promoting diversity and inclusion in the law student’s school and broader legal community. The 2018 recipient is Deborah Barnes Jones, Washburn University School of Law.

Maxine S. Thompson Memorial Scholarship $900

This scholarship promotes the practice of law in the state of Kansas by awarding a law student, originally from Kansas and attending the University of Kansas Law School or Washburn Law School, an annual scholarship. The award recipient must have completed no fewer than 60 hours towards a law degree and must plan to practice in a rural Kansas area, preferably western Kansas. The 2018 recipient is 
Joseph Uhlman, University of Kansas School of Law.

The Frank M. Rice Scholarship $4,000
The scholarship promotes the practice of law in the state of Kansas by awarding tuition assistance to a student attending the University of Kansas School of Law or Washburn University School of Law. The donor of this scholarship described the purpose of the scholarship as one that is intended to help law students become lawyers in the mold of Frank M. Rice who was “among the finest…in the Bar. He was at the top of his class…and always applied the highest level of legal scholarship to any legal matter in which he was involved.” The recipient must have been admitted to law school and must be a Kansas resident. The 2018 recipient is Jeff Pike, Washburn University School of Law.

The John E. Shamberg Memorial Law Student Scholarship $900
This scholarship is designed for a Washburn University School of Law student who has an interest in plaintiff’s work as well as a bona fide interest in practicing in Kansas. The 2018 recipient is Audrey Koehler, Washburn University School of Law.

Contact:

Anne Woods, Director of Public Services/IOLTA Director
Kansas Bar Association/Kansas Bar Foundation
Email: 
awoods@ksbar.org
Direct: (785) 861-8838

Main: (785) 234-5696

 

About the Kansas Bar Foundation

For 60 years, the Kansas Bar Foundation has funded opportunities for the citizens of Kansas for charitable and educational projects that foster the welfare, honor and integrity of the legal system by improving its accessibility, equality and uniformity, and by enhancing the public opinion of the role of lawyers in our society. Since 1984, with funding from Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts, the Foundation has awarded more than $4 million in grants to provide legal services to those who cannot afford them and for law related educational programs. www.ksbar.org/kbf

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