D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center Receives $25,000 Grant

By John Murph

June 3, 2019

The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center has been awarded a $25,000 Opportunity Grant by the American Bar Endowment (ABE), an independent, not-for-profit public charity that supports access to justice initiatives. The Pro Bono Center was one of 11 recipients that received a total of nearly $414,000 during the ABE’s 2019 grant cycle.

“[We’re] so grateful to receive this grant,” says Rebecca K. Troth, the Center’s executive director. “The grant allows us to translate into Spanish, Amharic, and French our most frequently accessed housing, probate, and family law resources on our online resource center — LawHelp.org/DC. These three languages are the most widely spoken in Washington, D.C., after English. And now thousands more residents will have access to these valuable legal resources.”

This is the third consecutive year the ABE awarded Opportunity Grants to organizations that provide legal access to underserved communities, improve the administration of justice, and promote greater civic engagement. This year the ABE also bestowed more than $3.2 million each to the American Bar Foundation and the ABA Fund for Justice and Education. In total, the ABE gave more than $6.8 million in 2019 to support critical law-related projects.

“We're thrilled to provide our 63rd year of funding for vital initiatives that increase understanding of the law in action and access to legal services across the country,” said ABE Executive Director Joanne Martin in a press release. "Our ability to provide these grants is made possible by the generous donations of thousands of lawyer members who contribute any available annual dividends from their ABE-sponsored insurance plans.”

“With the financial support of our insured, we are able to help fund a diverse array of organizations and projects — from research on the effects of parental incarceration on children to the implantation of online platforms that engage pro bono lawyers to serve veterans to bringing mobile legal clinics to underserved areas,” Martin added.