The C. Lyons Fellowship ProgramSupporting emerging leaders in the equal justice community
"I believe the greatest challenge for the equal justice community is how well we empower ourselves, and how well we act upon that power."
About the C. Lyons Fellowship Program
For 22 years (1983 – 2005), Clinton Lyons served as the president and CEO of the National Legal Aid & Defender Association. He dedicated his time and energy without reserve to the cause of equal justice for all. On July 1, 2005, Lyons stepped down as president and CEO to pursue other challenges within the equal justice community. To honor the hard work and significant achievements of this great leader, the board of directors of NLADA has embarked on the creation of The C. Lyons Fellowship Program, a board-advised fund that will support one Fellow per year selected from among program members of NLADA, to work on special projects that are of national interest or importance to NLADA. The fund will support the costs of their participation at the national level, resident in Washington, DC, during the year in which they are designated to serve as Lyons Fellows.
The C. Lyons Fellowship Program is rooted in the belief that all people deserve legal counsel in situations where individual or civil rights are being violated, and representation in a court of law when charged with a criminal offense, regardless of one’s ability to pay for an attorney.
Given reduced funding sources, declining IOLTA funding and the rising burden of law school loans, securing a stable, perpetual base of support for emerging leaders in the equal justice community is critical.The Fellowship Program will support outstanding individuals in the areas of civil and defender legal services and seeks to identify and nurture new leaders at the state and national levels. The priorities of the Program include:
The board of NLADA or a board-selected committee shall review all applications and determine selection of one Fellow, alternating each year between the civil and defender communities. Selection criteria and length of the Fellowship has not yet been determined, except that each selected Fellow must demonstrate the following:
The Fellowship Program will support one Fellow per year selected from among program members of NLADA, to work on special projects that are of national interest or importance to NLADA.
By making a contribution to the C. Lyons Fellowship Program, you help us make strides to ensure the sustainability of leadership development in the equal justice community. Your support is vital to growing and advancing the goals of the Program.
Please send donations to:
Please write "C. Lyons Fellowship Program" on the memo line of your check.
The National Legal Aid & Defender Association is a 501(c)(3) organization.Your contribution is tax-deductible to the fullest extent as allowed by law.
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