CPILSA, A.J. Fletcher Foundation award five grants for public interest work

RALEIGH – The Campbell Public Interest Law Students Association (CPILSA) and The A.J. Fletcher Foundation (AJF) have awarded five grants to students for their upcoming work in public interest this summer. CPILSA will fund two $2,350 grants, while AJF will provide three grants of $2,000 each.

“The grants are incredibly helpful for our students who wish to lead with purpose and serve the community throughout the summer, yet may not be able to do so without this financial assistance,” said Campbell Law Career Center Assistant Director Kelly Noble. “We are appreciative of The A.J. Fletcher Foundation for providing the financial resources for three grants and commend their deep commitment to providing legal access to those that need it.”

S. Elizabeth Stedman (Children’s Law Center of Central N.C.) and Alexander Fowler (Maryland Office of the Public Defender) were awarded grants from CPILSA. AJF grants were received by M.C. Skinner (Polanco Law), Tatianna DeBerry (Wake County District Attorney), and Sarah Sponaugle (N.C. Innocence Inquiry Commission).

A student led initiative, CPILSA was founded in 2010 and strives to guide Campbell Law students to rewarding careers in public interest law. The organization annually holds a silent auction, along with other fundraisers, with the proceeds ultimately aiding in funding the summer grant awards.

A long-time supporter of the law school, AJF served as the key benefactor in establishing the Goodmon Clinic at Campbell Law, which houses both the Restorative Justice Project and the Senior Law Clinic. In June 2013, AJF awarded Campbell Law a $50,000 grant to establish the Public Interest Law Fellows program.

The mission of AJF is to support nonprofit organizations in their endeavors to enrich the lives and well-being of people in North Carolina. To achieve this, AJF partners with nonprofit organizations that recognize and solve social and civic problems and provides resources to advance big, bold ideas.