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Three New Grants Enable CLP to Provide Legal Lifeline to Underserved Communities

California Western Community Law Project’s (CLP) Executive Director Dana Sisitsky, Supervising Attorney Ted Janowsky, and CLP Student Manager Shyam Patel work with students to provide much-needed legal services through Zoom clinics.

California Western Community Law Project (CLP) has recently been awarded funding that will enable the program to continue to serve the increasing legal needs of San Diego County low-income individuals, which the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated.

A cy pres award for $6,800, will provide general funding to meet CLP’s largest needs of providing free legal services to low income and indigent communities in the County. A cy pres award is the distribution of money from a class action settlement to a charitable organization.

Price Philanthropies awarded CLP a grant of $25,000 to support CLP's legal clinics and workshops in the City Heights community.

A grant award of $12,500 from The San Diego County Bar Foundation completes the trifecta of recent awards given to CLP. The award will support legal consultations and community legal education for low-income individuals across the county, enhancing the legal work CLP does on behalf of the community while supporting the training of future attorneys.

“It is an honor to have been selected as the recipient for cy pres funding and we are fortunate to continue to have the support of generous local foundations such as the San Diego County Bar Foundation and Price Philanthropies,” said Dana Sisitsky, CLP’s Executive Director. “These funders allow us to meet the ever-growing legal needs of those most vulnerable within our community, and instill within the next generation of advocates the desire to engage in pro bono work and public service.”

Due to the COVID-19 health emergency, CLP’s in person clinic sites remain closed. However, CLP has continued to provide their much-needed legal services virtually through phone intakes and Zoom clinics. To reach out to California Western’s Community Law Project email clp [@] or call (619) 780-7498.

About California Western Community Law Project: CLP provides free legal information in a variety of practice areas to low income and indigent communities throughout San Diego County. California Western law students work one-on-one with clients and volunteer attorneys in a variety of legal areas which allows them to experience the benefits of helping those in need while learning essential lawyering skills from experienced practitioners.

About Price Philanthropies Foundation: The Price Philanthropies Foundation (formerly Price Family Charitable Fund) was founded by retail entrepreneur and philanthropist Sol Price and his wife Helen in 1982. Today, Sol and Helen Price's son and daughter in law, Robert and Allison Price, continue the family's legacy through their leadership of the foundation.

About San Diego County Bar Foundation: The San Diego County Bar Foundation is the charitable arm of the San Diego County Bar Association. Through this partnership with the San Diego County legal community, the Bar Foundation aims to benefit underprivileged communities in the region by providing them with access to support, funding, and public service programs with legal services. The foundation’s beneficiaries include more than 50 legal aid and public-interest organizations.