Cy Pres Awards

Creating Bridges.

Research suggests that a staggering majority of individuals facing immediate legal issues are unable to access the help they require, with less than one in five receiving assistance. Cy pres awards present a unique opportunity to bridge this troubling “justice gap.” These awards offer valuable resources that can be channeled towards the expansion of services, ultimately ensuring equal access to justice for those who would otherwise be left without representation.

The Legal Aid Society of San Bernardino (LASSB) is an eligible recipient for cy pres awards for several compelling reasons:

  1. Commitment to Equal Access to Justice: LASSB has a long-standing commitment to ensuring that individuals, especially those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, have equitable access to legal representation and justice. Their mission aligns with the primary goal of cy pres awards, which is to direct unclaimed or residual funds from class-action lawsuits to organizations that promote justice and serve the public interest.
  2. Proven Track Record: LASSB has a well-established track record of providing pro bono legal assistance to individuals in need for over six decades. Their dedication to serving the community is a testament to their effectiveness in addressing legal challenges faced by underserved populations.
  3. Addressing the “Justice Gap”: As mentioned earlier, studies have shown that a significant portion of individuals with immediate legal problems lacks access to legal help. LASSB’s work plays a vital role in closing this “justice gap” by providing critical legal services to those who would otherwise go unrepresented.
  4. Expertise and Capacity: LASSB’s team of skilled attorneys and staff members possess the expertise and capacity to utilize cy pres awards effectively. They have a deep understanding of the legal needs of the community and can strategically allocate these funds to maximize their impact.
  5. Community Impact: Cy pres awards can significantly enhance LASSB’s ability to expand its services, reach more individuals in need, and further strengthen its impact on the community. This aligns with the overarching goal of cy pres awards to benefit the public interest.

In summary, the Legal Aid Society of San Bernardino’s demonstrated commitment to equal access to justice, proven effectiveness, and expertise in addressing the “justice gap” make them a deserving and eligible recipient for cy pres awards. These awards can empower LASSB to continue their vital work and make a lasting difference in the lives of those they serve.

For more information, please contact Pablo Ramirez at 909-406-5302 or email

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