The purpose of the Un-Equal Justice Legal Defense and Educational Fund (“UJLDEF”) is to provide legal grants to disadvantaged individuals who would otherwise not have equal access to adequate legal representation and education. UJLDEF was created to provide funding to individuals who are victims of racial and legal injustices. Priority will be given to individuals under the age of 20.
The cases that are selected for funding will not only be based on the income of the aggrieved person but also based on the severity of the grievance.
a. Each individual will need to completely fill out an intake form (this serves as a basis for the legal clinics to send information to the Board of Directors for final selection).
b. The cases will be reviewed and summarized by selected legal clinics and submitted to the Board of Directors for selection.
c. The Board of Directors of the UJLDEF will decide which cases are selected.
d. Not all cases will be eligible to receive financial assistance.
e. Once a case is selected, if the individual is not already represented by counsel, the Board of Directors will be working with attorneys who are members of the referring network to provide legal representation.
In addition to funding selected cases, UJLDEF will provide the following resources:
a. Conduct quarterly hublot replica workshops to educate individuals about their legal rights;
b. Assist individuals prepare for Job Interviews (transition from being incarcerated);
c. Mentoring programs.