The Chicago-based Joyce Foundation has announced a $540,000 grant to the National Association for Public Interest Law to create fellowships for young lawyers to do public interest work with nonprofit organizations in Chicago.
The four-year grant will provide matching funds to establish a Chicago program of two-year fellowships for work with nonprofit organizations on such issues as poverty law, community economic development, and civil rights. Each NAPIL Fellow will be sponsored by a local law firm or corporation that similarly embraces public interest legal work.
"By making this grant, the Joyce Foundation is presenting an irresistible opportunity to the private sector in Chicago to step up and support new lawyers who will open the doors to justice to thousands of Chicagoans," said NAPIL executive director David Stern.
The grant to NAPIL is the fourth of the Joyce Millennium Initiatives, a series of grants established by the foundation last year to mark the millennium by supporting significant intergenerational work.
Founded by law students in 1986, Washington, D.C.-based NAPIL is the country's leading organization engaged in organizing, training, and supporting public service-minded law students.