Grant Program

In keeping with our Rule of Law theme, the Foundation’s grant making in the coming year prioritizes funding for civil legal services programs assisting with the essentials of life, namely:

  • child support;
  • consumer debt;
  • housing (including evictions, foreclosures, and homelessness);
  • family matters (including domestic violence, children, and family stability);
  • access to health care; access to education;
  • racial justice;  and,
  • subsistence income (including wages, disability and other benefits).

Apply for a Grant

The Foundation has an on-line grant application system.  All you need to do is create an account for your organization and apply!  Mailed in applications are not accepted.

Grant applications for 2022 will be accepted through September 15, 2021.  If you miss this deadline you will need to apply in 2022 for the 2023 program.  View  TNYBF GRANT GUIDELINES to see if your organization is eligible.

Apply here

Enriching the Legal Profession

Donors and Sections of The New York State Bar Association impact the future of the law profession through The Foundation by providing invaluable real-life experiences to law students across the state.  These educational opportunities give students the platform and knowledge to build a solid base for their career goals; while attracting extraordinary law students to the profession who may not otherwise have the finances or opportunities to succeed in this field.

Fellowships

the Honorable Charles L. Brieant, Jr.
Hon. Charles L. Brieant, Jr. Fellowship

Awarded to a first-year (1L) students or second-year (2L) law student enrolled in a law school in the State of New York, to honor his dedication to public service and to the federal courts as a summer internship position with the Court.

Mimi Netter Intellectual Property Section Miriam Maccoby Netter Fellowship

Awarded to a student enrolled in law school located in New York State during the 2022 spring semester, as well as persons who received their JD any time within the last 3 years, to assist the host organization with matters relating to intellectual property law.

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Antitrust Section Law Student Fellowship

Awarded to first-year (1L) and second-year (2L) law students to work on antitrust matters in the New York Office of New York Attorney General, Antitrust Bureau, the Federal Trade Commission, Northeast Region, or the Department of Justice Antitrust Division, New York Office.

Jana Springer Behe
Jana Springer Behe Corporate Counsel Section Fellowship

Awarded to a second year (2L) student who is enrolled in a law school in the State of New York from under-represented groups capable of fulfilling the requested work hours and responsibilities. The fellowship goal is twofold. First, to provide the selected organizations with a student from a diverse background to provide assistance; and second, to provide the student with an opportunity to experience in-house legal practice.

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Health Law Section Fellowship

Awarded to a student with a diverse background enrolled in a law school in the State of New York, providing the student an opportunity to experience health law practice and to work with a healthcare attorney or facility in the State of New York during the summer.

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Trusts and Estates Law Section Fellowship

Awarded to first-year (1L) and second-year (2L) law students who are currently enrolled in law schools in the State of New York to work in trusts and estates law positions in the public sector in the State of New York during the summer months.

Kay Crawford Murray
Kay Crawford Murray Commercial Division Diversity Fellowship

Awarded to a current first year (1L) diversity law student who is enrolled in a law school in the State of New York to work in a litigation position in the public sector in the State of New York during the summer months.

Scholarships

the Honorable Joel K. Asarch
Hon. Joel K. Asarch Elder Law and Special Needs Section Scholarship

Awarded to a second year (2L) or third year (3L) law student enrolled in a law school in the State of New York who is actively participating in an Elder Law Clinic at the school or perform other substantial efforts which demonstrate interest in the legal rights of the elderly or the practice of elder law.

Hon. Judith S. Kaye Children and the Law Committee Scholarship

Awarded to students who will age out or have aged out of foster care with a permanency goal of Another Planned Permanent Living Arrangement (APPLA).

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Judge Bernard S. Meyer Scholarship

Awarded to a second year (2L) law student enrolled in the State of New York who excels in legal writing and advocacy skills.

Lorraine Power Tharp
Real Property Law Section Lorraine Power Tharp Scholarship

Awarded to a second year (2L) or third year (3L) law student enrolled in a law school in the State of New York who best exemplifies the core values important to Lorraine Power Tharp; academic excellence, a demonstrated interest in public service, high integrity and an interest in real property law.

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Real Property Law Section Melvyn Mitzner Scholarship

Awarded to a second year (2L) or third year (3L) law student enrolled in a law school in the State of New York who demonstrate Melvyn Mitzner’s commitment to professional achievement in the area of real property law including legal writing, lecturing and scholarship; and diversity in the profession.

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Local and State Government Law Section Carol Van Scoyoc Scholarship

Awarded to a law student, enrolled in a law school in the State of New York, who best exemplifies the core values important to Carol Van Scoyoc, Esq, former chair of the Section and recipient of the Award for Excellence in Public Service.

T. David Stapleton
Elder Law and Special Needs Section T. David Stapleton Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to a second year (2L) or third year (3L) law student enrolled in a law school in the State of New York in one of the following regions: Central New York, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Western New York who has a demonstrated interest in the Elder Law and Special Needs practice areas and has clear plans to practice in the field in one of these regions following law school, or a law student that is from this region, studying at a law school outside the region, who has clear plans to return to the region to practice Elder Law.