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Civil Legal Aid Grants Increase for 2016
 
Since December of last year, the Alabama Civil Justice Foundation has awarded $376,000 to civil legal aid providers in Alabama, the highest amount in several years. The increase was possible due to the receipt of funds from a national settlement. Here’s that story.
 
Last fall, the Alabama Civil Justice Foundation received $273,900 from the U.S. Department of Justice settlement (DOJ) with the Bank of America (BOA) related to the bank’s involvement in residential mortgage-backed securities and other conduct related to the recent housing/financial crisis. The settlement stipulated that certain funds were to be allocated to all IOLTA foundations based upon a formula that used federal poverty census data for the states.
 
The Settlement Agreement also called for the funds designated for IOLTA foundations to be used “for the sole purpose of providing funds to legal aid organizations in the state of Alabama for foreclosure prevention legal assistance and/or community redevelopment legal assistance.” It was decided that these funds could most effectively be used if focused completely on foreclosure prevention. 
 
ACJF worked in partnership throughout the grant process with the state’s other IOLTA foundation, the Alabama Law Foundation, which received the same amount as ACJF. In November, a common Request for Proposal (RFP) was distributed to all eligible organizations. Proposals were reviewed by both foundation staffs and committee members and in a joint meeting, recommendations for grant awards were determined. <2016 DOJ/BOA Grants>
 
In order to assure quality services through these grants, the foundations will be tracking outcomes for those receiving services, providing training for grantees and providing regular communication opportunities among the grantees. In addition to the direct delivery of legal services, these grants will also enable the organizations to provide training for attorneys, increase public awareness of the availability of these services among eligible groups, and build strong partnerships with social services agencies that can assist in increasing successful client outcomes.  
 
But progress won’t stop with these grants. IOLTA programs across the nation will be receiving another round of settlement funds and the next round will be larger than the first.
 
We also had two great opportunities to spotlight these grantees and their work at the ALAJ Mid-Winter Conference and at an ACJF Board meeting. It was fortunate that in both instances the outstanding work being supported by so many ALAJ members through ACJF could also be shared with members of the Alabama Legislature. It is important to these grantees that more local and state governmental officials understand the significance of legal aid.
 
 

2015 Roast & Toast Gala
honoring
Dean Charles W. Gamble
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September 17, 2015
Cahaba Grand, Birmingham
 


2015 Roast & Toast Gala
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Marquee
Beasley Allen, P.C.
Cunningham Bounds, LLC
Hare Wynn Newell & Newton, LLP
King Wiley & Williams, LLC
Lanier Ford Shaver & Paynes, P.C.
Lightfoot Franklin & White, LLC
Marsh Rickard & Bryan, P.C.
Regions Financial Corporation
White Arnold & Dowd, P.C.

Platinum
Phil Adams and Adams White Oliver Short & Forbus, LLC
Alabama Association for Justice
Conchin Cloud & Cole, LLC
Cory Watson, P.C.
Gaines Gault Hendrix, P.C.
Charles W. Gamble
Maynard Cooper & Gale, P.C.
The Pearson Law Firm,P.C.
Prince Glover & Hayes, P.C.
Protective Life Foundation
Shelby Roden, LLC

Gold
Balch & Bingham, LLP
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP
Capell & Howard, P.C.
Cumberland School of Law
Cusimano Roberts & Mills, LLC
Farris Riley & Pitt, LLP
Goldasich & Associates, LLC
Martin & Helms, P.C.
Slaten Law, P.C.
Warren & Simpson, P.C.

Silver
Badham & Buck, LLC
John and Susan Carroll
Fischer & Associates, LLC
Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC
Jones Walker, LLP
Lanny Vines & Associates, LLC
Mountain & Mountain
Northwestern Mutual of Alabama
Sirote & Permutt, P.C.
Taylor & Taylor
The University of Alabama School of Law
Upchurch Watson White & Max Mediation Group

Bronze
The Atchison Firm, P.C.
Bainbridge, Mims, Rogers & Smith, LLP
Church Harmon Brogdon & Williams, P.C.
M. Clay & Kimberly B. Martin
Cooper & Kirk, PLLC
Allison Alford Ingram
Forge Consulting, LLC
The Gardner Firm, P.C.
Gathings Law
Stephen D. Heninger
Memory & Day
Larry W. Morris
John D. Saxon, P.C.
ServisFirst Bank
Siniard Timberlake & League, P.C.
Stephen Crane, Pete Burns, Lee Champion, Daniel Evans,
& John F. Whitaker
Watson McKinney, LLP

Friends
Armbrecht Jackson, LLP
Ball Ball Matthews & Novak, P.A.
Benton & Centeno, LLP
Albert P. Brewer
Campbell Law, P.C.
William N. Clark
Coale Dukes Kirkpatrick & Crowley, P.C.
J. Michael Comer
Dixie Cooper
Sam N. Crosby
Richard G. Cross, Watkins Cross, LLC
Jinks, Crow & Dickson, P.C.
Freedom Court Reporting
Gray & Associates, LLC
Judge Bernard Harwood
Ernest C. “Sonny” Hornsby
Jaffe Hanle Whisonant & Knight, P.C.
Hardie B. Kimbrough
Joseph Mays
McCallum Methvin & Terrell, P.C.
Sue H. McInnish
McPhillips Shinbaum, LLP
Shan Paden
Phelps Dunbar, LLP
Rhea, Boyd & Rhea
Rex Slate, Esq.
Spotswood, Sansom & Sanbury, LLC
Alyce Spruell
Starnes Davis Florie, LLP
Ann Stone Sumblin
Turner, Turner & Bryant, P.C.
Judges Eugene and Annetta Verin
Wiggins Childs Pantazis Fisher & Goldfarb