Sunday, January 28, 2001

Ky. legal groups award grants

$120,720 goes to agencies that look out for children

By Suzanne K. Yowler
Enquirer Contributor

        Two statewide legal advocacy groups awarded grants to further the causes of public law and children's law.

        The Children's Law Center in Covington and the Kentucky Multi-County Task Forces on Child Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Inc. in Dry Ridge were two agencies to receive grants from the Kentucky Interest on Lawyers' Trust Accounts (IOLTA) Fund and the Kentucky Bar Foundation.

        The IOLTA is a nonprofit part nership of Kentucky lawyers and banks. IOLTA funds are generated from interest earned on attorney escrow accounts at 129 participating Kentucky banks.

        The group awards grants annually to agencies that provide legal services to low-income people, law-related education or increased access to justice.

        The Kentucky Bar Foundation awards grants to projects that inform the public about law and the judicial system and improve the administration of justice.

        In total, both groups awarded $120,720 to Northern Kentucky recipients.

        With $5,000 from the Bar Foundation's Pflughaupt Grant, the children's advocacy center will prepare a special education advocacy manual.

        An additional $2,175 from the Bar covers expenses associated with training probation officers.

        IOLTA's Child Advocacy Fellowship provided $10,000 for post-graduate work by a recent law school graduate who has an interest in public law and children's legal advocacy.

        Kentucky's Multi-County Task Forces on Child Abuse and Exploitation Prevention will use $5,000 from IOLTA to recruit, train, supervise and evaluate volunteer juvenile probation officers. These officers would supervise probation conditions for juvenile offenders.

        IOLTA also awarded grants to the following organizations:

        • Northern Kentucky University's Chase College of Law, IOLTA Fellowship of $24,500.

        • Northern Kentucky Bar Association's Pro Bono Program, $25,000.

        • Northern Kentucky Legal Aid Society, $49,045.


        To request a grant application for the 2001 grant year, call (800) 874-6582. The deadline for completed applications is April 2.

       Have news about your nonprofit group? Submit news releases to Kentucky Enquirer, 226 Grandview Blvd., Fort Mitchell, Ky., 41017. Fax: (859) 578-5565; or e-mail Suzanne Yowler,


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