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Seven Honored For Outstanding Work at Annual Conference

One of the highlights of each Annual Conference is the celebration of remarkable accomplishments across the equal justice community. In 2015, six individuals and one organization received awards during two separate ceremonies. 

Gail Christopher at the Opening Plenary

The Award for Justice through Philanthropy recognizes that achieving justice is not the responsibility of the legal profession alone and honors the contributions of a member of the philanthropic community to this cause. 

The Champion of Justice Award honors a member of the equal justice community whose career has brought about significant expansion of access to justice.

2015 Client Contribution Awards

Recipients from the LA Community Action Network

TimeBanks USA and the Client Policy Group of NLADA presented the 2015 Client Contribution Awards. They celebrate the contribution that clients -- as individuals or in groups -- have made to addressing injustice, transforming the lives of others in their community, restoring faith in communities in the rule of law, and battling for the survival, integrity and growth of legal services programs.

These awards are funded though the generous support of the Public Welfare Foundation for 2014 and 2015. The 2015 awards were presented at the NLADA Annual Conference in New Orleans this November.

Nature of the Awards

Awards are for past contributions with demonstrated impact. The awards recognize:

  • efforts that have successfully supported and promoted legal services (civil or criminal) undertaken by legal service programs serving poor people at the local, regional, state or national level
  • contributions by a client or clients that have changed the lives of others in the community
  • efforts promoting client involvement and client leadership 
$106 Million JPMorgan Chase Settlement Provides Legal Aid Funding Opportunity

Civil legal aid programs across the country have a great opportunity for new funding thanks to a settlement reached earlier this month.

As a result of investigations into JP Morgan Chase's practices of selling "zombie debt" and robo-signing court documents, the firm will pay $106 million to attorneys general in 47 states and the District of Columbia. Chase also will pay $50 million in consumer refunds and $30 million to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, as well as­ $30 million to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in a related action. 

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