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NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (February 17, 2017) – The Orange County Bar Association Charitable Fund awarded $179,600 in grants to 12 law-related organizations and programs in Orange County. The programs provide critically needed services to a broad range of clients including victims of domestic violence, legal services for low-income residents of Orange County and foster youth, diversity pipe-line efforts and assistance for homeless residents.

Selected by the OCBA Charitable Fund Board, the grants were presented at the OCBA Charitable Fund Grant Giving Reception held on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, at OCBA Headquarters in Newport Beach, Calif. Ms. Ashleigh Aitken, OCBA Charitable Fund Immediate Past President, presented the grants on behalf of the Charitable Fund.

"People in Orange County face an array of legal concerns every day, and these organizations are often at the forefront of providing legal support and services," said Aitken. "We’re proud to partner with them and together we can facilitate access to justice for all.”

The OCBA Charitable Fund extends its appreciation to donors, sponsors, and volunteers who graciously supported the OCBA Charitable Fund in 2016. The following grants will serve to support the mission of the Charitable Fund to enhance the system of justice in Orange County and promote access to equal justice for all.

CALIFORNIA YOUTH CONNECTION
Creating Leaders From Within
Grand Awarded: $2,000
Provides a transformative experience for current and former foster youth through its dual goals of empowering youth and improving foster care. See calyouthconn.org.

CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY DALE E. FOWLER SCHOOL OF LAW
Bette and Wylie Aitken Family Protection Clinic
Grant Awarded: $12,000
Provides free legal representation, legal advice, and proper workshops to indigent and low-income people and survivors of family violence, sexual assault, and trafficking. See chapman.edu/law/legal-clinics/family-protection.aspx.

CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS FOUNDATION OF ORANGE COUNTY
Constitutional Futures Project
Grant Awarded: $45,000
Provides civic and law-related educational programs to all high school students in Orange County including Mock Trial, Peer Court, Constitution Day, Law Day, and the Orange County Career Forum. See crfoc.org.

HUMAN OPTIONS
Legal Advocacy Program
Grant Awarded: $10,000
Provides victims of domestic violence and late life family violence with education on legal rights, court accompaniment and support, direct assistance, and resources. See humanoptions.org/services.

LAURA’S HOUSE
Legal Advocacy Program
Grant Awarded: $10,000
Provides victims of domestic violence with a broad range of services and support to assist them in understanding and securing their legal rights so they can lead safe, productive, and violence-free lives. See laurashouse.org/legal-services.

LEGAL AID SOCIETY OF ORANGE COUNTY
Legal Intake for OC’s Homeless Residents
Grant Awarded: $30,000
Seeks to resolve problems and remove barriers to ameliorate homelessness in Orange County through the provision of vital legal and wrap-around services in the Civic Center Area of Santa Ana. See legal-aid.com.

ORANGE COUNTY BAR FOUNDATION
Project SELF
Grant Awarded: $3,600
Provides low-income and at-risk high school students with hands-on internships in the legal field. See ocbarfoundation.org/program/project-self.

ORANGE COUNTY KOREAN AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION FOUNDATION
Pro Bono Legal Clinics
Grant Awarded: $4,000
Supports and further enhances pro bono efforts to the Korean American community in Orange County. See oc-kaba.org/pro-bono.

PUBLIC LAW CENTER
Courthouse Clinics
Grant Awarded: $30,000
Provides courthouse-based clinics for low-income residents conducted by Public Law Center, Orange County’s pro bono law firm committed to providing access to justice. See publiclawcenter.org/services/clinics.

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE SCHOOL OF LAW
Pre-Law Outreach
Grant Awarded: $10,000
Assists undergraduate students from disadvantaged backgrounds to prepare for the law school application and admissions process, and to understand the unique demands of legal education. See law.uci.edu/about/public-service/public-interest/community-programs/pop.

VETERANS LEGAL INSTITUTE
Pro Bono Veterans Clinics
Grant Awarded: $18,000
Provides pro bono legal assistance to homeless, at risk, disabled, and low-income veterans and service members. Seeks to eradicate barriers to housing, education, employment, and healthcare and to foster self-sufficiency. See vetslegal.com/legal-services.html.

WOMEN’S TRANSITIONAL LIVING CENTER
Legal Advocacy Services
Grant Awarded: $5,000
Provides shelter, supportive services, and community education and advocacy to domestic violence victims in Orange County. See wtlc.org/immigration-services.html.

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About the Orange County Bar Association
Established in 1901, the Orange County Bar Association, with over 8,000 members, is one of the largest voluntary bars in California. The mission of the Orange County Bar Association is to enhance the system of justice, to support the lawyers who serve it and to assist the community served by it.

About the Orange County Bar Association Charitable Fund
Founded in 1995 as the charitable giving and fundraising arm of the Orange County Bar Association, the OCBA Charitable Fund provides resources to organizations and programs in order to enhance the system of justice and promote equal justice for all. www.ocbacf.org


Contact
Jane Kim, (949) 440-6700, ext. 123
jkim@ocbar.org

 
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