Lawyers Journal

MBF awards $4.45 million in grants for legal services; Grant total is highest ever awarded by the Foundation

The Massachusetts Bar Foundation recently awarded $4.45 million in grants through its annual Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts Grants Program. Exceeding last year's grant awards by more than $800,000, this year's IOLTA grants will fund 144 programs conducted by 101 nonprofit organizations throughout Massachusetts.

The grants provide financial support to projects that either provide civil legal services to the state's low-income population, or improve the administration of justice in the commonwealth. Grants to improve the administration of justice include such efforts as court-linked alternative dispute resolution projects and lawyer-of-the-day programs. Award amounts ranged from $5,000 to $175,000 and will run for one year, from Sept. 1, 2007 to Aug. 31, 2008.

Funds for these grants are provided by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's IOLTA Program. The MBF is one of three charitable entities in Massachusetts that distributes IOLTA funds.

"The legal aid organizations of this state continue to inspire me with their tireless commitment to public service and increasing access to justice for those in need," said MBF President Carol A. Witt of Salem. "Together with the 150 MBF Fellows who assisted in the grant-making process this year, we are so proud to play a role in supporting the heroic work that they do every day."

Additional information about the Massachusetts Bar Foundation and its IOLTA Grants Program, as well as a complete listing of the 2007-08 IOLTA grant recipients, is available on the MBF Web site, www.MassBarFoundation.org.

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