2018 Grants

The Louisville Bar Foundation recently awarded approximately $142,000 in grants for 18 law-related programs in the Louisville area in 2018. Grants are made possible by the generosity of Louisville area lawyers and law firms. Since its founding in 1982, the Foundation has distributed more than $2.7 million in grant funds.


CASA of the River Region – Advocacy Academy  $7,500
CASA provides advocacy services to children with active cases in Family Court. To increase the number of volunteer advocates, CASA must continually train and provide continuing education. The LBF grant will support CASA’s “Advocacy Academy” program and increase its number of trainings to boost volunteers’ advocacy skillset and the understanding of interrelated child welfare, justice and medical systems.

Catholic Charities of Louisville – Immigration Legal Services  $15,000
Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services helps low-income refugees and immigrants living in Kentucky obtain legal assistance. The LBF grant will allow 85 refugees and immigrants solve immigration and/or employment status issues so to achieve or maintain financial stability and economic independence.

Doctors & Lawyers for Kids – Expansion of Services  $15,000
Doctors & Lawyers for Kids is a collaborative effort of the Legal Aid Society, LBA and UofL Pediatrics that assists children from low-income families by training healthcare providers to recognize unmet legal needs that affect patient health and by having free legal services available to families in need. LBF funds will be used to expand services at the East Broadway branch of the Family Health Clinic.

ElderServe – Crime Victim Services  $7,500
With a mission to empower older adults to live independently and with dignity, ElderServe offers a variety of programs, including Crime Victims Services which is designed to reduce the barriers to accessing the justice system by older crime victims. Advocates support the victims in criminal court, family court and guardianship court. Advocates also assist victims of domestic violence in filing for emergency protective orders. LBF funds will be used to provide transportation to and from court, for program supplies, change locks, install door alarms and provide emergency food, clothing, medicines and shelter.

Family & Children’s Place – Language Translation Services  $8,500
The Child Advocacy Center at the Family and Children’s Place is the only facility of its kind in Kentucky providing services to child victims up to age 17 with compassionate, coordinated intervention and investigation of child sex abuse. The LBF grant will be used to pay for language translation services for child victims and witnesses in interviews at the Child Advocacy Center for later use in court proceedings.

Goodwill Industries – Pathways to Prosperity – $4,000
Goodwill helps adults with disabilities or other disadvantages achieve and maintain employment.  Its Pathways to Prosperity program educates participants on financial literacy and helps identify and remove legal barriers to employment.  As part of this program, Goodwill partners with the Legal Aid Society to provide each participant with a “legal check-up” that helps participants resolve issues involving child support, evictions, criminal record expungements and wage garnishments. This new program has the potential to reach over 350 participants. 

The Healing Place – Peer Mentor Program  $5,000
Many of the clients who come to the Healing Place for addiction recovery are involved in the Jefferson County Court System. The Peer mentor Program at The Healing Place enlists men and women who have completed the program to serve as role models and mentors for those newer participants. These peer mentors provide one-on-one counseling and support. In particular, peer mentors help participants comply with court dates, court orders and other issues related to the justice system. LBF funds will support the Peer Mentor Program as it increases the chances of a participant's successful recovery and the efficient resolution of court issues.

Kentucky Refugee Ministries – Immigration Legal Services – $8,000
KRM provides legal services to immigrants who have resettled in the Louisville area.  Many of these immigrants need to file applications with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for permanent residence status or to petition for asylum.  The LBF grant will provide partial fee subsidies for immigrants who cannot afford to pay the entire cost of preparing and filing these documents.

La Casita Center – Legal Outreach and Clinic Services  $8,000
In addition to the numerous social, nutritional and cultural programs La Casita Center provides in the Latino immigrant community, it specifically conducts outreach to Latina women and families in need of legal services. Through its targeted outreach and legal clinics, participants receive help on understanding the legal system, immigration issues, family law matters and other legal problems. LBF funds will support the Center’s targeted outreach to the Latino community and the development of a pro bono attorney panel to assist program participants in understanding legal problems and how to resolve them.

Legal Aid Society – Fresh Start Program  $30,000
Legal Aid's Fresh Start Program assists low-wage or unemployed individuals facing barriers to maintaining or reinstating employment. The goal of the program is to improve client’s economic stability and independence, reduce recidivism and help previously incarcerated clients find successful employment, safe housing and a path to financial stability. Participants receive help in obtaining expungement of criminal records, thus expanding opportunities. This program is conducted in partnership with Goodwill Industries of Kentucky and the Louisville Urban League. LBF funds support a staff attorney providing direct client services and conducting clinics in the community.

Louisville Bar Association- Pro Bono Consortium – Laptops – $2,000
For ten years, the LBA’s Pro Bono Consortium has recruited volunteer attorneys, paralegals and secretaries to help individuals understand and complete the court approved pro se divorce paperwork at the Judicial Center.  The LBF grant will support the purchase of two laptop computers and printer that will expedite the assistance these volunteers are willing to provide to hundreds of participants every year. 

Louisville Bar Association – Summer Law Institute  $9,000
The Summer Law Institute is a partnership of the LBA, the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law and Bellarmine University. The program provides high school students with an opportunity to interact with prominent local attorneys, judges and professors during a 7-day, 6-night residential program. It is designed to attract talented, ambitious students who are interested in a career in the legal profession. LBF grant monies will cover a portion of the direct costs of the program, such as housing and meals, thereby keeping the tuition affordable. 

Restorative Justice Louisville – Young Adult Project  $7,500
The mission of Restorative Justice Louisville is “to bring together the victim, offender and community to make things right.”  In 2017, RJL began a pilot diversion program to serve young adults (ages 18-25) with the support of two District Courts, the Jefferson County Attorney and the Metro Public Defender.  During its first year, thirteen program participants received diversion and successfully resolved the issues triggering the court involvement. The LBF grant will support expansion of this program into two additional courts, reaching another 50 participants. 

Summerbridge Louisville – Conflict Resolution Training  $1,500
Summerbridge helps at-risk middle school students with a summer academic program that better prepares them for high school and college readiness. Many of the student participants are from households with high stressors and few resources.  Summerbridge’s summer program also includes training on conflict resolution skills, using the expertise of the Peace Education Program and the volunteer attorneys on its board. The LBF grant will support enhanced conflict resolution trainings in 2019.

Uspiritus – Improving Child Welfare and Court Collaborations  $1,000
Uspiritus serves children who need intensive support to overcome the effects of abuse, neglect, homelessness or other trauma, with the goal of helping the youth become stable, self-sufficient adults. Uspiritus’ therapists, case managers and program directors attend more than 500 court proceedings each year. These appearances involve hearings regarding the youth’s custody status, termination of parental rights and charges facing the youth. LBF funds will support coordination of these efforts among the various staff involved and travel expenses. 

YMCA Safe Place – Truancy Court Diversion Program  $2,500
The YMCA Safe Place works in close collaboration with JCPS schools and the Jefferson Family Courts to offer a Truancy Court Diversion Program for middle school students at risk of court referral. This diversion program offers a mix of programs and individualized supports to engage first-time, non-serious offenders, ages 10-14, in activities and support networks that reduces the chances that the student will enter the juvenile justice system. LBF funds support a judicially-supervised intervention program that will work with 60 youth to decrease unexcused and truant absences from school.

YouthBuild – Legal Assistance Case Management Services – $6,000
YouthBuild helps young adults (18 -24 years old), often with prior involvement with the court system, obtain GEDs, secure employment and enroll in college or vocational programs. As a result of YouthBuild’s intensive interventions and programming, only 11 percent of its participants re-offend, compared to national recidivism rates trends where over 50 percent generally re-offend. YouthBuild’s case managers provide individualized support to participants to accomplish this success. LBF funds will assist case managers in identifying legal issues for participants and linking participants with legal resources to avoid and resolve issues that could lead to court involvement.

Zoom Group – Outreach and Education on Guardianship  $4,000   
Zoom Group offers programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Its Community Outreach Program offers education and support for families seeking to better understand the guardianship process and associated duties.  The LBF grant will underwrite the production of educational materials used for individual and group trainings on the tasks associated with serving as a guardian.


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