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Enhanced Legal Services Access Initiative

Award Information

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Awardee County
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)
Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $267,204)

The Congressionally Selected Awards Program, authorized by the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009 (Pub. L. 111-8), helps improve the functioning of the criminal justice system, prevent or combat juvenile delinquency, and/or assist victims of crime (other than compensation). Funds should be used for the projects selected by Congress, in the amounts specified in the joint explanatory statement incorporated by reference into Pub. L. 111-8, and generally consistent with one or more of the following statutory purposes: improving the functioning of the criminal justice system, preventing or combating juvenile delinquency, or assisting victims of crime (other than compensation). Each of these purposes is framed using language drawn, respectively, from the former Byrne discretionary statute, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, the Victims of Crime Act, and the Violence Against Women Act. This project is authorized and funded through a line item in the FY 09 Congressional Budget and by the joint explanatory statement that is incorporated by reference into the FY09 Omnibus Appropriations Act.

The South Royalton Legal Clinic at the Vermont Law School will use their FY 2009 Congressionally Selected Award to: expand its geographical focus from Windsor and Orange Counties to include western Vermont; serve the legal needs of indigent children, immigrants, and persons from the general population who are victims of crime; and assist prisoners and their families in family law and child support matters, thus improving local corrections systems and enhancing the rate of successful offender re-entry. The nexus between activities and goals is that the range of activities will meet the need for legal services among their clients, and largely resolve their existing legal problems.


Date Created: September 20, 2009