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December 17, 2001

Lawyers Deliver $350,000 to Local Legal Services Agencies

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the Philadelphia Bar Association, today delivered an early holiday gift by awarding $350,000 in grants to 33 organizations serving Philadelphians struggling with poverty, abuse and discrimination.

The money distributed was raised by and through Philadelphia lawyers, as well as members of the business community, dedicated to ensuring equal access to justice. The grants, ranging from $2,000 to $98,000, were awarded to organizations providing free legal services and other essential support to abused women and children, the elderly, the indigent, the homeless, people with disabilities, and others who need help not only during the holidays but throughout the year.

"During these difficult times, as we look to the coming year with renewed hope and commitment, we are delighted to announce the distribution of these funds to agencies providing critical access to justice for the most vulnerable members of our community. Even though world events are much on our minds, we cannot forget that there are still so many of our neighbors who need our support. We feel privileged to be able to help," said Philadelphia Bar Foundation President and Bar Association Vice-Chancellor-Elect Gabriel L.I. Bevilacqua.

Bevilacqua added that the 2001 grants are a "fine example of how the Philadelphia Bar Foundation reaches out as a good neighbor and embodies the legal profession's commitment to the community."

Grants were awarded to such organizations serving low-income individuals as Community Legal Services and Friends of Farmworkers.

Grants were also awarded to organizations providing support to individuals struggling with abuse and discrimination, including the Education Law Center, the AIDS Law Project, the Center for Gay and Lesbian Civil Rights, and Senior Citizens Judicare Project.

Grants were provided to organizations serving children and adults with disabilities, including the Disabilities Law Project, the Legal Clinic for the Disabled, and the Pennsylvania Health Law Project.

Grants were awarded to organizations serving the needs of women, including Women's Law Project, Women Against Abuse and Women Organized Against Rape.

Grants were awarded to support advocacy and watchdog efforts by the following organizations: the ACLU, the Committee of Seventy, the Juvenile Law Center, the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia, and Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts.

Grants were also awarded to organizations coordinating volunteer attorneys, such as Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program, the Support Center for Child Advocates, Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, the Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance Program, and the Homeless Advocacy Project.

Grants were awarded to organizations providing legal and other assistance to immigrants, including the Detention Resources Project, HIAS and Council Migration Service of Philadelphia, Nationalities Service Center, and the Pennsylvania Immigration Resources Center.

Since its inception in 1964, the Philadelphia Bar Foundation has awarded more than $4 million to advance the legal community's commitment to equal access to justice.

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