OCBF programs serve thousands of individuals each year. During our 2016-17 grant cycle, OCBF awarded $172,711 in grants to 12 worthy organizations.
Through Foundation-funded programs, lawyers are able to reach out and make a difference in our community. These efforts promote the Foundation’s mission of enhanced access to and understanding of the legal system. We invite you to learn more about several of the ongoing projects that your support makes possible:
Family Law Assistance Project (FLAP) – An effort between Lakeshore Legal Aid and Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School to provide family law legal aid services to low income Oakland County residents. This program serves close to 1,200 Oakland County residents annually.
JARC - JARC provides high-quality, community-based residential and support programs, serving nearly 200 adults in its group homes and various independent living arrangements. A grant from OCBF helped JARC to expand educational programming to family members of its residents on legal issues such as trusts and estate planning, and how to approach asset protection for those whose options were sometimes limited by their public benefits.
Michigan Center For Civic Education Through Law – Support for this cause benefits the Michigan High School Mock Trial Tournament, which involves over sixty public and private high schools, many in Oakland County.
Youth Law Conference – A one-day interactive educational program design to educate high school seniors about the legal process, and to provide tools for better decision making. The conference features prominent keynote speakers from the bench and bar.
Senior Law Day – The Seniors Law Day program is designed to educate the public on legal issues important to a growing senior citizen population. The program features attorneys traveling into the community to provide educational seminars and legal advice on topics of importance to seniors and/or their adult children.
Legal Aid Mini Clinics – An effort between the OCBA and Oakland County Youth Assistance to bring volunteer attorneys into the community at clinics where members of the community may receive one-on-one consultations and advice. These clinics take place 6 times a year and travel to different communities throughout Oakland County.
Elementary Mock Trial Program – The Elementary Mock Trial program is designed to help teachers keep civics education alive in the classroom. Teachers work with local members of the bench and bar to lead in-class discussions on the judicial system and community participation on a jury. Then, students break into teams to prepare for a fun and interactive mock trial. Students learn about the court system through interactive role play and a field trip to a local courtroom to present their trial.
Beaumont Hospital Legal Aid for Children & Families – This program is a partnership between Beaumont Health System and Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc. designed to provide free on-site legal assistance to low-income pediatric, obstetric, and oncology patient families. Volunteer attorneys address legal issues related to income and insurance, family law, special education, and other pressing legal matters. The treating physicians refer these type of cases to volunteer attorneys. The program allows the family to focus on the health and wellness of the patient during a very stressful time.
For a full history of OCBF Grant Funded Programs since 2002, click here.