American College of Bankruptcy Announces 2016 Pro Bono Grantees

American College of Bankruptcy - MCMXCThe American College of Bankruptcy (“the College”) and the American College of Bankruptcy Foundation (“the Foundation”) have announced that they have awarded 51 pro bono grants totaling nearly $468,000 to legal services organizations located in 20 different states, including the District of Columbia.

The unrestricted grants are funded jointly by the College and its Foundation to grantees whose activities are consistent with the objectives of the College’s mission of funding organizations that provide assistance to groups and individuals in need of bankruptcy-related legal representation, training and/or education.

Organizations in Pennsylvania receiving grants include Military Assistance Project, Philadelphia, PA and North Penn Legal Services, Bethlehem, PA.

Other grants issued in 2016 include the following:

  • Alameda County Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services Corporation
    Oakland, CA
  • Bankruptcy Bar Foundation
    Tamarac, FL
  • Birmingham Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program
    Birmingham, AL
  • Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A
    Brooklyn, NY
  • Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago
    Chicago, IL
  • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
    Chicago, IL
  • Community Law Project
    San Diego, CA
  • Connecticut Bar Association
    New Britain, CT
  • Consumer Education and Training Services ("CENTS")
  • Seattle, WA
  • Dade Legal Aid-Put Something Back
    Miami, FL
  • DC Bar Pro Bono Center
  • Washington, DC
  • Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project
    Dayton, OH
  • Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program, Inc.
    Houston, TX
  • Illinois Legal Aid Online
    Chicago, IL
  • Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County
    Santa Barbara, CA
  • Legal Aid of Northwest Texas
    Ft. Worth, TX
  • Legal Aid of the Bluegrass
    Covington, KY
  • Legal Aid of Western Missouri
    Kansas City, MO
  • Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Inc.
    Oklahoma City, OK
  • Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati
    Cincinnati, OH
  • Legal Aid Society of San Diego
    San Diego, CA
  • Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.
    Geneva, NY
  • Legal Services NYC
    New York, NY
  • Legal Services of the Hudson Valley
    White Plains, NY
  • Lone Star Legal Aid
    Houston, TX
  • Louisiana Civil Justice Center
    New Orleans, LA
  • Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service
    Baltimore, MD
  • Metroplex Military Charitable Trust
    Dallas, TX
  • MFY Legal Services
    New York, NY
  • Mid-Shore Pro Bono, Inc.
    Easton, MD
  • Montana Legal Services Association
    Helena, MT
  • Neighborhood Legal Services of L.A. County
    Glendale, CA
  • Ohio State Legal Services Association
    Columbus, OH
  • Prairie State Legal Services, Inc.
    Rockford, IL
  • Public Counsel
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Public Law Center
    Santa Ana, CA
  • Public Service Law Corporation
    Riverside, CA
  • Queens Volunteer Lawyers Project
    Jamaica, NY
  • Rutgers University School of Law – Camden & Newark
    Camden, NJ and Newark, NJ
  • Southern University Law Center
    Baton Rouge, LA
  • Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc.
    Weslaco, TX
  • Utah State Bar
    Salt Lake City, UT
  • Veterans Legal Services
    Boston, MA
  • Voluntary Legal Services Program of N. California, Inc.
    Sacramento, CA
  • Volunteer Attorney Program
    Duluth, MN
  • Volunteer Lawyer Project of Boston Bar Association
    Boston, MA
  • Volunteer Lawyers for Justice, Inc.
    Newark, NJ
  • Volunteer Lawyers Network
    Minneapolis, MN

In addition, the College has selected its inaugural Michael L. Cook Extraordinary Grant recipient. The Michael L. Cook Extraordinary Grant was created in Mr. Cook’s honor in 2016 and is awarded to a legal services organization that offers an innovative and exemplary approach to a previously under-served area of need. A Fellow since 1997, Michael Cook served as Chair and President of the College and Chair of its Board of Regents during the period from 2010-2016, and as Chair of the Pro Bono Committee from 2008-2010.

“During both his many years of exemplary service to the College and his long and distinguished career, Mike has been a tireless advocate, visionary leader and relentless fund-raiser on behalf of programs that provide pro bono legal services throughout the United States,” said G. Christopher Meyer, current College Chair.

The College proudly announced Veterans Legal Services as the 2016 Michael L. Cook Extraordinary Grant recipient.

Veterans Legal Services (VLS) promotes self-sufficiency, stability, and financial security for veterans through comprehensive and accessible legal services. VLS’s unique model of delivering services on-site at homeless shelters and service centers allows it to reach veterans who would otherwise go without the legal help they need. VLS services over 500 veterans’ cases per year.

The American College of Bankruptcy is an honorary association of bankruptcy and insolvency professionals. The Fellows of the College are selected for membership based on a proven record of the highest standards of professionalism and service to the profession, and include commercial and consumer bankruptcy attorneys, bankruptcy and other federal judges, bankruptcy trustees, United States Trustees and other federal officials, law school professors, and others involved in the bankruptcy and insolvency profession. 

The College offers unique and challenging educational programs and publications, maintains the National Bankruptcy Archives at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, and is believed to be the single largest financial supporter of pro bono bankruptcy services in the United States. There are approximately 900 Fellows of the College.

The American College of Bankruptcy Foundation is a Section 501(c)(3) charitable organization, supported by the College and by tax-deductible contributions from Fellows of the College and others. Additional information about the College and the Foundation is available at

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