The Foundation of the Monroe County Bar has awarded the following grants in 2014. The grants are made possible through the Foundation’s annual Raise the Bar appeal and the Jazz For Justice fundraising event.
Rochester Teen Court
This grant in the amount of $13,000 will be used to help fund the Rochester Teen Court under the umbrella of The Center for Youth. Teen Court is a diversion program operated through the City Court of Rochester for young adults who have committed first-time, non-violent crimes. Defendants whose cases are transferred to Teen Court have a disposition of their criminal charges by teen peers acting as prosecutors, defense counsel, court personnel and jurors. A Rochester City Court judge presides over the proceedings, and teen jurors recommend sentencing.
Lawyers for Learning’s Peace Camp
A grant in the amount of $3,500 will be used toward funding Peace Camp, a program sponsored by the Lawyers for Learning. As part of the Lawyers for Learning partnership with the Monroe County Center for Education, Peace Camp is designed to give underprivileged children the opportunity to learn the importance of appropriate behavior and working together with civility through team building events at a camp facility. For many children, this camp provides their first opportunity to venture outside of the City of Rochester.
A.C.T.* For the Children (*Assisting Children through Transition)
A grant in the amount of $1,000 will be used to continue the A.C.T. For the Children program. The program helps children whose parents divorce or separate by providing information and strategies to parents on ways to interact that engender less stress and conflict. The program also makes parents more knowledgeable participants in the legal process by providing an overview of the legal process and various options to resolve their differences.
Deaf Equal Access Fund of the Monroe County Bar Association
A grant in the amount of $2,000 will help provide association member attorneys with partial reimbursement for the costs of interpreters for the deaf and hard of hearing, hired through a collaborative partnership with Lifespan. The MCBA is committed to promoting equal access for the Greater Rochester Area’s 50,000 deaf and hard of hearing citizens and assisting local attorneys in fulfilling their obligations to this unique community according to the requirements of the American with Disabilities Act.
Solo/Small Firm Resource Service Area
A grant in the amount of $2,000 was awarded to the MCBA for the creation of the Solo/Small Firm Resource Service Area, which will be located on the 10th floor of the Telesca Center for Justice. The area will include two spots for members with computers, desk, chairs, telephones, printer and a library of resource books from the ABA.
MCBA Memorial Ceremony
A grant in the amount of $1,000 was awarded to the MCBA's Annual Memorial Ceremony. Each year, the ceremony honors those attorneys and judges who have passed away at the Hall of Justice with tributes and a presentation about each of them.
Sydney R. Rubin High School Mock Trial Competition
A grant in the amount of $1,000 will be used to help fund this annual high school mock trial competition. The competition provides an opportunity for high school students to learn about the law and its protocol and procedures, as students from different schools throughout Monroe County compete against each other in trial competitions. Each year, the tournament hosts 200 to 250 students representing 18-22 high schools, along with a number of volunteer teacher coaches, attorney team advisors, judges and court personnel.
Seneca Waterways Council - Exploring Mock Trial Competition
A grant in the amount of $1,000 will be used to help fund this annual competition at the Monroe County Courthouse, culminating the Exploring Law Program. The competition not only serves the area youth by engaging them in the policy and procedures of a courtroom trial, but also in areas of building life skills, public speaking and leadership, citizenship and character education.