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July 25, 2013

District Court receives Bar Foundation grant


Trustees of the Oklahoma Bar Foundation (OBF) recently approved grant awards to 13 district courts across Oklahoma totaling $89,375.  
The District Court of Rogers County received $7,000 to provide automated projectors for three courtrooms.
The Oklahoma Bar Foundation district and appellate court grant program is unique in that it is targeted to provide specific funding for technology, capital improvements and extraordinary expenditures that will help to promote the administration of justice in Oklahoma’s court system.  
Grants ranged in size from $13,530 to $2,755 for technology projects that will help to facilitate improved access through administrative processes of the courts benefiting citizens throughout the state.  
Since the program was establishedin 2009, $360,000 has been awarded to 33 different counties.
“The court grant program exemplifies the mission of the OBF by demonstrating through its grants, that lawyers help to transform lives in a positive manner” states Grants and Awards Chairperson Millie Otey of Tulsa.  “There are very important projects in the court system that have been assisted during the budgetary downturn, predominately by enhancement of technology throughout the courthouses in Oklahoma and we are pleased the Oklahoma Bar Foundation was able to help.”
The Oklahoma Bar Foundation was founded in 1946 and has given more than ten million dollars to Oklahoma law-related nonprofits for exclusively public purposes, in just the last thirty years alone.  The OBF is the primary grant-making organization in Oklahoma supporting law-related services and education.  The OBF provides a funding umbrella for many diverse law-related programs and projects with ongoing oversight of projects it funds.  The OBF provides funding for free legal assistance for the poor and elderly, safe haven for the abused, protection and legal assistance for children, public law-related education programs, including programs for school children, and other activities that improve the quality of justice for all Oklahomans through legal resources.  Public purpose Oklahoma Bar Foundation law-related grant awards will be approved later in the year. 

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