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Massachusetts Bar Foundation calls for proposals

Request for proposals — MBF IOLTA Grants Program to award $6 million for legal aid

The Massachusetts Bar Foundation is pleased to announce the availability of applications for the 2009-10 IOLTA Grants Program. The MBF expects to award approximately $6 million to nonprofit organizations for law-related programs that either provide civil legal services to the state’s low-income population or improve the administration of justice in the commonwealth.

Application materials are available at The deadline for application submission is Friday, March 6. For additional information, contact the MBF Grants Office at (617) 338-0534 or e-mail [e-mail foundation].

The Massachusetts Bar Foundation is the commonwealth’s premiere legal charity. Founded in 1964, the MBF is the philanthropic partner of the Massachusetts Bar Association, and is one of three charitable entities in Massachusetts that distributes funds through the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA) Program. The Foundation represents the commitment of the lawyers of Massachusetts to improve the administration of justice, to promote understanding of the law, and to ensure equal access to the legal system for all residents of the commonwealth, particularly those most vulnerable.

Summer funding available for law students

Apply to the 2009 MBF Legal Intern Fellowship Program

For many law students, internships at nonprofit organizations providing legal services to the poor are not financially viable. Students can’t afford loans and living expenses while following their passion for public interest law. Organizations across the commonwealth could benefit greatly from extra legal help during the summer months, but cannot afford to pay a legal intern salary.

The Massachusetts Bar Foundation’s Legal Intern Fellowship Program meets the needs of both law students and legal services programs by providing up to six $6,000 stipends to law students for volunteer legal internships at Massachusetts organizations during the summer months.

The MBF is pleased to announce that applications are now available for the 2009 Legal Intern Fellowship Program. Founded in 1996, the program seeks to encourage careers in the law that further the goals of social justice, while contributing valuable legal support to organizations providing civil legal assistance to the state’s indigent population.

The MBF strongly encourages all interested law students to consider applying to this program. Application information and materials are available online at Applications must be submitted by Friday March 13. For additional information, contact Susannah Thomas at (617) 338-0647 or e-mail [e-mail sthomas].

For more information about the MBF, visit

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