Ramsey County Bar Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c) (3) charitable organization. The mission of the foundation is to provide financial support to programs in the Ramsey County geographic area that benefit the legal profession, improve the quality and accessibility of justice, and would otherwise attract the interest and support of Ramsey County lawyers.
Grants are awarded to organizations that:
- Educate all segments of the public in government and the legal system.
- Promote and provide legal services to persons of limited means through grants to legal services providers.
- Improve the administration of justice and the quality and functioning of the legal system.
Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution today and supporting the organizations funded by the Ramsey County Bar Foundation and future lawyers who will make a difference. All contributors will be acknowledged in the Barrister.
2018 Foundation grants will be awarded in April. Applications are due by 4:00 p.m. on February 28. For more information, contact Cheryl at 651.222.0846.
Law Student Scholarships
The Ramsey County Bar Foundation offers a scholarship of up to $6,000 to a law student who attends a Minnesota law school and who is a member of a group traditionally under-represented in the legal profession (including race, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation or disability). The applicant must be a current law student with a record of academic or professional achievement and must display leadership qualities through past work experience, community involvement or student activities.
In 2017, seven local law students received scholarships from the foundation as recommended by the RCBA Diversity Committee. Applications for the 2018 scholarship are due Friday, February 16.
Major Fundraising Events
Annual Bench & Bar Benefit
The Benefit, held in the fall of each year, is the major fundraiser for the foundation. Half of the money raised at the Benefit is given directly to Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services. The other half is awarded in grants to other law-related organizations. In 2016, the Benefit raised over $50,000. The 2017 Benefit will be held in November.
Charity Golf Tournament
The annual RCBF Golf Tournament is also a significant fundraiser for the foundation. The 2017 tournament raised over $15,000. The 2018 tournament will be held in July.
Generous donations from Ramsey County Bar Association members complement the funds raised by the foundation fundraisers.
2016 -2017 Grant Recipients
The mission of the Ramsey County Bar Foundation is to provide financial support to programs in the Ramsey County geographic area that benefit the legal profession, improve the quality and accessibility of justice, and would otherwise attract the interest and support of Ramsey County lawyers.
The following organizations were recipients of grants from the foundation during the past year:
Bridges to Safety Victim Service Center a comprehensive, centrally-located domestic abuse service center in St. Paul, received general operating funds.
Center for Victims of Torture received a grant for general support of its programs that provide assistance to victims of torture and their families, including referrals for legal assistance.
Children’s Law Center of Minnesota received a grant to support direct representation of children in foster care, advocacy of systems reform, education and outreach.
Civil Society received a grant to provide legal services to domestic and international human trafficking victims in Ramsey County.
Collaborative Community Law Initiative received funds to provide training and mentoring to new lawyers to help them establish practices that serve low- to moderateincome communities.
Dispute Resolution Center received a grant to provide accessible, effective, and affordable alternative dispute resolution services to residents in Ramsey County.
HOME Line received a grant to support its tenant hot-line and High School Renters Education Program.
Innocence Project of Minnesota received a grant to support its public outreach and legal education programs that address the issues of wrongful convictions.
Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers an organization offering free, confidential help to lawyers, judges and law students with chemical dependency and other mental health issues, received a grant to support its core services.
LegalCORPS received a grant for general support of its pro bono legal services and workshops for small business owners and non-profits.
Loan Repayment Assistance Program of Minnesota received a grant to provide a loan repayment award to an attorney serving low-income residents in Ramsey County.
Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans received a grant to provide legal services for homeless veterans and their families in crisis in Ramsey County.
Minnesota Justice Foundation received a grant to partially fund one MJF Summer Clerkship in Ramsey County. MJF supports pro bono legal services and provides law students with practical experience and opportunities to work in public interest and poverty law.
Neighborhood Justice Center, Inc. an organization that provides comprehensive criminal defense and crime prevention services to low-income persons, received general operating support.
Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services received half of the Ramsey County Bar Foundation Bench & Bar Benefit’s proceeds to assist in its administration of volunteer attorney programs in Ramsey County.
Tubman Center received a grant to support its Legal Services Program in Ramsey County, which provides legal representation, advice, advocacy and information addressing domestic violence and family law issues.
Law Student Scholarships
Seven local law students received scholarships from the foundation as recommended by the RCBA Diversity Committee. Each student is a member of a group traditionally under-represented in the legal profession and has a record of academic or professional achievement.
In addition, each student has displayed leadership qualities through past work experience, community involvement or student activities. This year’s scholarships were awarded to Ishmael Israel, Mitchell Hamline School of Law First Year; Hadier Jassim, University of Minnesota Third Year; William Reynaga, University of St. Thomas Second Year; Allira Sharma, Mitchell Hamline School of Law Third Year; Ian Taylor, University of Minnesota First Year; Kelvin Williams, University of Minnesota Second Year; and Victoria Willis-Howard, Mitchell Hamline School of Law Third Year
For more information about the foundation contact:
Ramsey County Bar Foundation
332 Minnesota St., W-710
St. Paul, MN 55101