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
_____________________________________________________________________________________________________ August, 2013
Dear Friends of the Delaware Bar Foundation:
I write to update you on matters relating to the Delaware Bar Foundation. Let me begin by inviting all members of the Foundation to its annual meeting on September 19, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. in the Community Services Building, 100 W. 10th Street, Wilmington, DE 19801.
In May, with the approval of the Delaware Supreme Court, the Board awarded IOLTA grants totaling $800,000 to CLASI, DVLS and LSCD. Those three agencies have received approximately $25 million in IOLTA grants since 1983. In addition, in part due to the Foundation’s efforts, the State budget for FY2014 allocates $600,000 for providing legal services to the underprivileged in Delaware. Those funds will also be distributed to the three agencies 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.
Please also note that the Foundation and the DSBA will be cosponsoring, on November 22, a full day Office and Trial Practice seminar, organized by Justice Randy J. Holland and Harvey B. Rubenstein. This year our speaker will be the president of the American Bar Association, James Silkenat.
Every year at this time, the composition of the Board changes some. This year Justice Henry duPont Ridgely and Charles S. McDowell have left the Board after years of very valuable service and we welcome to the Board Justice Holland and Benjamin Strauss.
In addition, effective April 1, 2013, Jacqueline Paradee Mette, Esq., resigned as the executive director of the Foundation after seven years of dedicated service involving complex issues relating to changes in the IOLTA program, challenging economic times and expansion of the non-IOLTA aspects of the Foundation’s mission. We wish Jackie all the best and are happy to report that she will remain involved with the Foundation as the managing editor of Delaware Lawyer magazine. Also effective April 1, we welcomed our new executive director, Melissa Flynn. Her extensive experience in the non-profit sector will guide the Foundation as it grows in membership and as a grant making entity.
Please do not hesitate to contact Melissa or me if you have any questions or suggestions concerning the Foundation and its mission.