PAST GRANT RECIPIENTS:
Through Foundation-funded programs, lawyers are able to reach out and make a difference in our community to achieve the Foundation’s mission of enhanced access to and understanding of the legal system and maintaining the excellence of the Adams-Pratt Oakland County public law library. Examples of Foundation-funded projects include:
University of Detroit Mercy Mobile Law Office - where law students work side-by-side with pro bono lawyers in the field to provide free, immediate legal assistance, counseling and referrals to needy clients.
Family Law Assistance Project (FLAP) – An effort of Lakeshore Legal Aid and Cooley Law School to provide family law legal aid services to low income Oakland County residents. This program sees close to 1,200 Oakland County residents yearly.
Michigan Center For Civic Education Through Law – Support of the Michigan High School Mock Trial Tournament involving over sixty public and private high schools many of which are Oakland County schools.
Youth Law Conference – Held to educate high school seniors about the legal process and to provide tools for better decision making, the conference features prominent key note speakers from the bench and bar.
Senior Law Day – Features attorneys traveling into the community to provide educational seminars on the unique legal issues that face seniors. This program is hosted in the spring at the Waterford Senior Center and in the fall at the Costick Center in Farmington Hills.
People's Law College - Four-part lecture series offered at the Law Library and designed to help educate members of the community on different areas of law and to assist attendees in finding answers to their legal questions from noted Oakland County attorneys.
Legal Aid Mini Clinics - Partnership between OCBA and Oakland County Youth Assistance to bring volunteer attorneys into the community at clinics where needy individuals may receive one-on-one consultations and advice. These clinics take place 3-5 times a year and travel to different communities throughout Oakland County.
Elementary Mock Trial Program - A new program piloted in 2010 in three Oakland County Schools. This program was designed to help teachers keep civics education in the classroom, specifically for 2nd and 3rd graders. Once a class has shown interest in the program the teacher leads several in-class discussions on the judicial system, community participation on a jury and then prepares for a mock trial with teams. The students then conduct the mock trial in an actual court room based on an alleged theft using Sponge Bob Squarepants.
Adams-Pratt Oakland County Law Library – Housing thousands of volumes and state of the art computer assisted research capabilities, this public library annually serves the legal needs of tens of thousands of visitors including court personnel, paralegals, lawyers and the general public.
OCBF GRANT GUIDELINES (LINK TO PDF)
OCBF GRANT APPLICATION (LINK TO PDF)
OCBF Mini-Grant Application (LINK TO PDF)