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ChangeLawyers℠ is a public foundation that believes that all people deserve leaders who look like them, talk like them, and share their lived experiences.

Congratulations once again on your ChangeLawyers Legal Aid grant!

By way of background, when the State Bar of California started de-unifying a few years ago, CalBar Affinity (CBA) was formed as a subsidiary of ChangeLawyers. CBA generates profits that are then distributed by ChangeLawyers. This is a modest source of funding for California legal aid organizations. The organizations, such as yours, that are receiving this funding as well as the grant amounts are determined by California statute (BPC 6141.3(c)(2)(C)). This grant distribution is the culmination of funds accrued in 2021. Our total grant amount for this distribution for all eligible organizations is a little over $500,000.

While there is no formal application to receive the funding, you will need to register in our grants management system, Submittable.

After registering, ChangeLawyers will reply with the grant amount your organization will be receiving. The grant will be issued electronically, so electronic payment information is also being collected in this application. This e-payment will be made via (and you may receive further communication from our ChangeLawyers team member, Frank Bittner.)

Please have ONE individual from your organization register for the funding, the system will not allow me to add multiple recipients at the same organization.

Please do NOT register multiple times, once you have registered- we will message the registered individual, through the Submittable website, and update you.

The deadline to apply is April 6th.


ChangeLawyers is a statewide foundation whose mission is to build a better justice system for all Californians. We seek to empower the next generation of lawyers, judges, and activists to create a more diverse legal profession, a fair justice system, and a better California. We believe that a state as diverse as California should have a justice system led by advocates of all ethnicities & races.

ChangeLawyers strives to be a hub for California’s legal changemakers, and so I encourage you to follow us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Medium. Please consider signing up for our weekly News Brief, a curated roundup of mainstream media articles about legal changemakers.

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Are you a diverse student starting their first year of law school at an ABA or CA accredited law school. Do you envision working as an attorney in California, with a goal of creating a more just and representative justice system?

If so, then we want to support you- the brightest ChangeLawyers of tomorrow, by eliminating the roadblocks that exist between you and success. We believe that a state as diverse as California needs a justice system led by advocates of all backgrounds. That’s why we invest in bright, diverse scholars, every day, to ensure that they have the opportunity to become tomorrow's legal changemakers.

Law school is a major financial investment adding thousands to your debt. 

If selected, you will receive a a $7,500 cash award scholarship.

This application will close on July 18, 2022 at 11:59 PM (PST.) 

Applications must be fully submitted by this deadline. There will be no exceptions. 

Please note that a letter of recommendation is required, and must be submitted by the deadline. Therefore, please do not delay in completing your application.

Scholar must attend the Next Gen Awards event on October 19, 2022 in Los Angeles, CA 

*Diversity includes a broad array of backgrounds and life experiences, including students from groups or with skills or attributes that are underrepresented in the legal profession, and specifically including students from socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds, particularly those that have overcome adversity.

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