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Community Law Project and A.I.M. for Law Program Receive Major Grants

Community Law Project and AIM for Law

California Western's Community Law Project (CLP) has received three important grants to support the operation of its five free law clinics in the county and the law school's A.I.M. for Law program has also received an important grant.

Price Philanthropies of San Diego awarded $22,500 to CLP help cover the costs of program personnel, events, outreach, and supplies.

The Debra Carroll and Kelly DuFord Family Foundation awarded $10,000 in unrestricted program support for CLP. The grant was made possible by Craig and Kelly DuFord, two California Western alumni of the class of 2012. They made the unsolicited grant after receiving CLP's Aid Justice Advocacy mailer in 2015.

Also, the San Diego County Bar Foundation awarded $9,000 to CLP to support their legal clinics.

"The Community Law Project is honored to be the recipient of recent grants from Price Philanthropies, The Debra Carroll and Donald DuFord Family Foundation, and the San Diego County Bar Foundation," says CLP Executive Director Dana Sisitsky. "We are delighted that each of these funders has demonstrated such a strong showing of confidence in CLP's mission. These funds will allow us to continue in our pursuit of providing sustainable and competent legal services to low-income and indigent members of the community."

The California Bar Foundation also awarded $4,200 to the A.I.M. for Law program that prepares undergraduate students—primarily from underrepresented communities—for the law school application process and the first year of law school. Thanks to the grant, A.I.M for Law will expand with a new program called Prepare to A.I.M. for Law, working with at-risk high school students.

"I am deeply honored that the foundation, once again, has shown its support of our A.I.M. program through this generous financial grant," says Professor Leslie Culver, A.I.M.'s program director. "California Western is excited to expand its current A.I.M. program to reach more high school youths considering the legal profession."