The California Bar Foundation is pleased to provide a $20,000 grant to California Rural Legal Assistance, in support of their Indigenous Language Access in the California Courts program. This program provides technical assistance to courts and share best practices in developing language access strategies for indigenous language speakers via four regional trainings during the implementation of the California Courts' Language Access Plan.
The Indigenous Language Access project is led by former California Bar Foundation scholar Maureen Keffer. After graduating from Stanford Law School in 2011, Maureen began a fellowship with the Indigenous Program at California Rural Legal Assistance program. Four years later, she is now leading the program. “The California Bar Foundation’s Bar Exam scholarship helped cover the costs of bar study that summer and allowed me to focus on what I need to do: pass the bar,” Maureen said. “Fortunately, I did! Now, several years later, I’m directing the Indigenous Program at CRLA, and I’m so grateful to the Bar Foundation for helping to launch my public interest career.”