The toolkit was modified by BayLegal. Other organizations can do the same to encourage supporters to designate the organization as a cy pres recipient.
California Commission on Access to Justice (CCATJ), Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal)
May 1, 2014
Cy pres awards are residual funds in probate or class action cases that are unclaimed or cannot be distributed to the intended recipients. Courts can distribute these residual funds to appropriate charitable causes.
Recently, the Access to Justice Commission and Legal Services Trust Fund Commission created a committee to respond to the ongoing need to enhance funding for legal aid. The committee looked at cy pres funding as a possible way to achieve that goal and produced a toolkit, entitled Expanding Access to Justice through Class Action Residuals and Other Court Awards. This toolkit educates attorneys, judges, and advocates on how cy pres distributions can promote access to justice for those in need.
Bay Area Legal Aid was inspired to modify the toolkit to encourage their supporters to designate BayLegal as a cy pres recipient. Their toolkit, entitled Cy Pres Funds Directed to Bay Legal Advance Justice for the Poor, includes a brief description of their work and several sample settlement provisions and orders. The Cy Pres Committee encourages other legal aid providers also to utilize the toolkit to help increase cy pres funding for their respective programs.
If you are interested in modifying the toolkit to encourage your supporters to designate your organization as a cy pres recipient, please use the credit below in the modified version of the toolkit:
Courtesy of the Campaign for Justice, supported by the State Bar of California Legal Services Trust Fund Commission and the California Commission on Access to Justice. See the expanded version of the cy pres toolkit for additional information at www.caforjustice.org/about/cypres.
For more information about expanding access to justice through class action residuals and other court awards, contact Stephanie Choy, Managing Director of the Legal Services Trust Fund Program, at email@example.com.Tags: Funding: Private Bar