The Delaware Bar Foundation’s mission is to improve the administration of justice in Delaware by:
• Providing legal services for the poor
• Promoting study and research in the field of law
• Fostering knowledge of citizenship rights and responsibilities
• Enhancing public respect for the rule of law
_____________________________________________________________________________________________________ April, 2014
Dear Friends of the Delaware Bar Foundation:
In May 2013, with the approval of the Delaware Supreme Court, the Board awarded IOLTA grants totaling $800,000 to CLASI, DVLS and LSCD. In May 2014, the Board will consider grant applications from these agencies for FY2015. Approximately $25 million in IOLTA grants have been made since 1983.
The Foundation has been active in successfully encouraging the Governor’s office and the State Legislature to provide funding in the Annual Budget for civil legal service for the under privileged in Delaware. For FY 2014, the State has allocated $600,000 for this purpose that will be distributed to the legal services providers by the Foundation.
In furthering its mission to improve the administration of justice, promote legal study and research and enhance public knowledge of and respect for the law, the Foundation’s Board has recently approved non-IOLTA funded grants for a second year of a University of Delaware pilot program on bullying prevention, to support the Senior Lawyers Committee of the Bar Association’s oral history project and a grant to the Liberty Day program which provides fifth grade students in Delaware with a copy of the US Constitution and curriculum for their teachers to illustrate how the Constitution has been the foundation on which our society has been built, and to fund a mural project by present and former foster children to be displayed in the Kent County Family Court.
Please also note that the Foundation and the DSBA will be cosponsoring, on October 29, 2014, a full day Office and Trial Practice seminar, organized by Justice Randy J. Holland and Harvey B. Rubenstein.
Please do not hesitate to contact our executive director, Melissa Flynn or me if you have any questions or suggestions concerning the Foundation and its mission.