I will be attending the 2010 Equal Justice Conference along with others from South Carolina. While there has been a lot of controversy surrounding the conference due to Arizona’s recent immigration legislation, the conference brings together a lot of impressive minds working toward equal justice for all. I look forward to reporting to you some of the innovations and ideas that come out of the conference.
PS – You can tune in the Twitter conversation from the conversation by searching #ejcaz.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) states that grantees receiving Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re‐Housing Program1 (HPRP) grants “shall collect data on the use of funds awarded and persons served with this assistance in HUD’s Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) or other comparable database.” (ARRA, p. 107) HPRP subgrantees (including organizations providing HPRP assistance under contract with a subgrantee) must also meet this requirement.
HUD has determined that HPRP subgrantees that are victim service providers as defined by the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005 (Pub. L. 109‐162) (VAWA) should NOT enter data directly in HMIS and must use a “comparable database.” VAWA defines a victim service provider as a nonprofit or nongovernmental organization including rape crisis centers, battered women’s shelters, domestic violence transitional housing programs, and other programs whose primary mission is to provide services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking.
The National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA)Wishes to Honor Law Firms Who Have Provided Pro Bono Representation in Partnership with a Legal Aid Program to Disadvantaged Families in Foreclosure Proceedings
What is the Beacon of Justice Award?
NLADA is honoring law firms across the country who have, in partnership with a legal aid program, provided pro bono representation to low-income families in foreclosure proceedings.
If you know of a law firm that has provided a significant percentage of their total pro bono hours representation disadvantaged families in foreclosure proceedings, then the law firm is eligible to receive the 2009 Beacon of Justice Award.
The Beacon of Justice Award acknowledges the critical role that pro bono efforts play in ensuring equal access to justice.
The National Legal Aid & Defender Association is pleased to recognize law firms that have provided an exemplary commitment to providing pro bono services to disadvantaged families facing foreclosure proceedings.
How to Apply for the Beacon of Justice Award?
Click here for 2009 Beacon of Justice Application.