PILF Grant Information Session 11/02/2011 Funding summer projects to reach the unmet needs of poor, underrepresented, or disenfranchised groups or individuals
2011 Grant Facts • 36 Grants Awarded • 11 2Ls • 25 1Ls • 3 Special Grants • Lash Grant - $3K Bar Stipend • Irmas Fellowship - $40K for after graduation • Paul Davis - $2K – can be added to a PILF Grant
2011 Summer Projects • Children's Law Center • LA County Public Defender • HIV & AIDS Legal Services Alliance • Housing Rights Center • Maine Human Rights Commission • Center for Constitutional Rights
More Projects • Bet Tzedek • California Appellate Project • Counsel's Community Development Project • Cancer Legal Resource Center • San Diego County Public Defender • Public Counsel's HPLP • Mental Health Advocacy Services
Even More Projects • County of Santa Clara District Attorney • LA City Attorney • LA County District Attorney - Major Crimes • Alliance for Children's Rights • Federal Defenders of San Diego • Department of Justice
2012 PILF SUMMER GRANTS • $4500 Summer Grants • Auction • Pro Bono Hours • Application • Interview • Fellowship Opportunities • New Program - $1500
Key Dates • PILF Auction: Thursday, January 26, 2012 • Applications available: Late February • Applications Due: Monday, March 26, 2012 at 3pm • Interviews: Saturday, April 7, 2012 • Grants announced the following week! • PILF Pro Bono Luncheon: Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Requirements - Auction • 2-3 hours for the auction • The Auction is on Thursday, January 26, 2011 in the USC Tutor Center • An email about volunteering will go out the week after finals, please don't send emails about it until then • Please notify us if you are no longer pursuing a grant and do not want to volunteer for the auction - firstname.lastname@example.org
Requirements – Pro Bono • 25 Hours Minimum • Must be recorded by the time the grants application is due – March 26 , 2011 • Record in 15 minute blocks, travel time not included • Street Law: _______ ???? • Write a short report at the end of the summer • Logging Hours!!! mylaw portal
Requirements – Application • Applications available: Late February • Applications Due: Monday, March 26, 2012 at 3pm • Essays will be evaluated for the appropriateness of the project and effort put into the essay
Requirements -Interview • Interviews: Saturday, April 7, 2012 • 10-15 Minute Interview • Not the morning after Law Prom!!!
New Program • Some students decide to take summer positions at Pro Bono projects when its too late to complete all the needed requirements for the PILF Summer Grant • After March 26, 2012 there may still be opportunity to qualify for a $1500 Grant (subject to availability of funds) • Anyone may apply who secures an appropriate Public Interest Job and was not granted a PILF Summer Grant (for whatever reason) AND • Completes 10 hours of Pro Bono work • Application but no interview
Named Grants • Each year several student organizations help fund named grants • The student org leadership has the opportunity to select amongst PILF Grant recipients
Other Grants • Irmas • Supports a USC Law School graduate for a full year in the area of public interest law. • Lash • $3,000 bar stipend for a graduating third year student pursuing a career in public interest law. • Paul Davis • $2,000 scholarship awarded to second year student given in honor of Paul Davis ’98.
Can I work for the Government? • Yes, maybe. • The student’s commitment to public service and essay for the grant are evaluated in determining whether they qualify. It is possible for a project to hire two students and only of the students win the grant.
Thank you • Please be sure to sign the attendance sheet before you leave • Email questions to email@example.com