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    2010

    Wisconsin Law Foundation awards grants to programs that educate consumers about health reform, bankruptcy, and the legal system

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    ABC For Health receives Wisconsin Law Foundation 
grant

    ABC For Health received $1,740 to create a private insurance and national health reform legal education workshop and a health reform guidebook. Volunteer U.W. students and alumni (from left) Adam, Jenna, Amber, and Marty are regular ABC For Health volunteers.

    Bankruptcy Help Desk receives Wisconsin Law Foundation grant

    Bankruptcy Help Desk received $2,000 Wisconsin Law Foundation (WLF) grant to continue the popular and successful Pro Se Help Desk program in the Eastern District Bankruptcy Court. Accepting the grant for the help desk is Andrew Herbach of Howard, Solochek & Weber S.C., Milwaukee, with WLF President Christy Brooks.

    CentroLegal receives Wisconsin Law Foundation grant

    CentroLegal received a $2,000 Wisconsin Law Foundation (WLF) grant to support its Family Law Outreach Classes. (From left) CentroLegal Executive Director Heather Ramirez, staff attorney Samantha Levihn, Legal Fellow Esteban Trevino, WLF President Christy Brooks, and staff attorney Michael Balter.

    State Bar Law-related Education programs received a Wisconsin 
Law Foundation grant

    State Bar Law-related Education programs received a $12,500 Wisconsin Law Foundation (WLF) grant to support the High School Mock Trial Tournament, We the People Program, and the Judicial Teacher Training Institute. (Pictured) Wauwatosa West High School celebrates taking first place for the third consecutive year in the We the People competition last January.

    Oct. 20, 2010 – The Wisconsin Law Foundation recently awarded $18,240 in grants to law-related programs in Wisconsin.

    “The Wisconsin Law Foundation is proud to bestow grants to these programs, which truly epitomize the basis upon which the foundation is built – to promote the public’s understanding of the law and to improve the administration of justice,” says Grants Committee Chair Mark A. Pennow. “We commend these organizations for their efforts.”

    Grants for 2010 were awarded to the following programs

    ABC For Health, $1,740, to create a private insurance and national health reform legal education workshop and a health reform guidebook. The workshop and guidebook will be for attorneys, health care consumers and professionals, local and county public health departments, and advocates serving individuals across the age, income, and disability spectrum. ABC for Health plans to develop a timely, easy-to-understand resource designed to be useful to both consumers and professionals working in law and health. Together, the training and guidebook will improve knowledge for attorneys and professionals of legal rights and options to connect to appropriate public and private insurance programs and challenge health care coverage denials, benefitting potentially hundreds of families throughout Wisconsin.

    Bankruptcy Help Desk, $2,000, to continue the popular and successful Pro Se Help Desk program in the Eastern District Bankruptcy Court. Since its inception several years ago, this project has had the unanimous and enthusiastic support of the four members of the Eastern District bankruptcy bench. The need for this service has increased dramatically after the passage of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005, which increased the procedural difficulty for unrepresented people who want to file bankruptcy. The number of consumer bankruptcy filings continues to climb.

    CentroLegal, $2,000, to support Family Law Outreach Classes, which educate individuals about the family court system to help them make informed decisions about their legal situations and needs. The classes educate participants about the processes and procedures of family court, offer a basic understanding of family law issues and terminology, explain the types of remedies available and not available through litigation, break down pervasive myths and misconceptions about family court, and educate participants about the resources available at the courthouse.

    State Bar Law-related Education programs, $12,500, to support the High School Mock Trial Tournament, We the People Program, and Judicial Teaching Institute.

    About the Foundation. The Wisconsin Law Foundation is the charitable arm of the State Bar of Wisconsin and is dedicated to enhancing the law through education and service. Foundation membership is open to all Wisconsin-licensed lawyers. General membership begins with a $50 donation. Gifts for less than $50 qualify you as Friend of the Wisconsin Law Foundation.

    Joining is easy. You can make your annual donation when you receive your State Bar membership statement, which is due to the State Bar by July 1. If you have not mailed your statement yet, simply mark the Foundation box on your State Bar membership statement and include your donation.