State Bar Foundation Seeks Project Applications

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The Oklahoma Bar Foundation is calling for applications from organizations and individuals who wish to acquire funding for projects which would improve the administration of justice, provide legal services to the poor or instigate programs for the benefit of the public in any area of law.

The foundation made the announcement because even though it had already designated $90,000 in 1987 for law-related projects, it found itself in the unique position of having an additional $90,000 available due to the Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts (IOLTA) program.

"Grants are not awarded solely to metropolitan areas or certain groups," according to John L. Boyd, president of the foundation. "If an idea is sound, can benefit the public and is related in some fashion to the court system, education or legal services, we would urge that applications be made."

Application packets may be obtained by writing Edward Palmer, executive director of the foundation. Deadline for applications is Aug. 28. . .

- Bankruptcy attorneys are reminded of a one-day seminar on the fairly new Chapter 12 section of U.S. Bankruptcy Law which will be held Aug. 14 at the Oklahoma City Marriott Hotel.

Sponsored by Professional Educational Systems Inc., the seminar will include presentations by Oklahoma City's U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Richard Bohanon, Jack Cornelius, the Chapter 12 standing trustee for cases in Oklahoma and John William Ames, a Chapter 12 trustee from Kentucky.

The meeting will cover such topics as the eligibility requirements for Chapter 12; the role of the Chapter 12 trustee; how other bankruptcy provisions affect Chapter 12 filings; and how Chapter 12 compares with Chapters 11 and 13.

The program is designed for attorneys, financial lending institutions, dealers in agriculture business and farm-related agencies. . .

- The American Historical Association and the American Political Science Association are sponsoring an exhibit of materials related to the U.S. Constitution Aug. 5-26 at the Oklahoma City Downtown Library to celebrate that famous document's bicentennial.

The "Blessings of Liberty" exhibit is comprised of posters featuring key events leading to the creation of the Constitution, a recreation of the document itself and photographs and quotes from George Washington, James Madison and other leaders who played important roles in the event. . .

- The American Bar Association (ABA) has urged Congress to delay for 24 months the implementation of the U.S. Sentencing Commission's guidelines that are scheduled to take effect in Novermber.

ABA spokesman Samuel Buffone told members of a House Judiciary subcommittee that while the association strongly supports adoption of a sentencing guideline system, "the hasty, eleventh hour preparation and release of the final guidelines, which included significant changes from earlier drafts, without an opportunity for public comment or revision, has resulted in an incomplete" and untested set of guidelines. …