The CLEA Per Diem Project was launched in 2003 to learn about, acknowledge and financially support social justice work in the community hosting the annual clinical legal education conference.
Clinicians are encouraged to make a tax-deductible donation – in a suggested amount equal to one day’s per diem at the conference – to a worthy recipient selected by local clinicians in consultation with the CLEA Per Diem Committee. A representative from the recipient organization is invited to speak about the group’s work at a conference luncheon.
The recipient of this year’s Per Diem Project award is the San Juan-based non-profit Asociacion Nacional Derecho Ambiental (“ANDA”) (www.andapr.org). ANDA is a non-profit center for environmental law that seeks to ensure access to justice for low-income sectors of the community. ANDA also seeks to promote community empowerment. ANDA works toward a future in which every Puerto Rican obtains the same degree of protection from environmental hazards, has access to natural resources and is guaranteed active participation in decisions that have an environmental impact. ANDA began as a student organization at the School of Law at the University of Puerto Rico in 2005. It has since grown to provide pro bono services and education on environmental regulation throughout the island’s communities.
Donations can be made on-line by clicking on the Donate button on the right side of this page, or by check payable to CLEA with a notation in the memo line that it is for the “Per Diem Project” and mailed to:Chair of the Per Diem Project:
Renée Hutchins, Associate Professor
University of Maryland School of Law
500 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
RECIPIENTS2013: San Juan, Puerto Rico
ANDA - Asociacion Nacional Derecho Ambbiental (www.andapr.org) working
toward a future in which every Puerto Rican obtains the same degree of protection from
environmental hazards, has access to natural resources and is guaranteed active
participation in decisions that have an environmental impact.
2012: Los Angeles, CA ($13,974)
Community Lawyers, Inc. (http://www.community-lawyers.org/) to provide critical access to critical legal services and pro bono opportunities for attorneys and law students in Compton, California.
2011: Seattle, WA ($7,116)
Solid Ground (http://www.solid-ground.org) to help households overcome poverty and build better futures throughout King County and beyond.
2010: Baltimore, MD ($5,712)
Homeless Person’s Representation Project (http://www.hprplaw.org) to advocate on behalf of people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in Maryland.
2009: Cleveland ($5,113)
Empowering & Strengthening Ohio’s People (http://www.esop-cleveland.org) to prevent foreclosures and preserve affordable housing in Cuyahoga County.
2008: Tucson ($8,794)
Florence Project (www.firrp.org) to provide free legal services to immigrants detained by ICE; and No More Deaths (www.nomoredeaths.org) to provide water, food and medical assistance to migrants traversing the Arizona desert.
2007: New Orleans, LA ($11,047)
Survivor's Village (http://communitiesrising.wordpress.com) to advocate for public housing residents to return to their homes, recover their possessions and be free from discrimination after Hurricane Katrina.
2006: New York ($4,070)
The New York Immigration Coalition (http://www.thenyic.org) to serve scores of immigrant and refugee groups in New York State; and Loyola University New Orleans Law Clinic (http://law.loyno.edu/clinic) to print and distribute "Know Your Rights" pamphlets to evacuees and low-wage workers in areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina.
2005: Chicago ($2,500)
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (http://www.chicagohomeless.org) to lead strategic campaigns,community outreach, and public policy initiatives to increase affordable housing in Chicago.
2004: San Diego ($5,110)
Community HousingWorks(http://www.chworks.org) to assist in housing development for farm labor workers in nearby Carlsbad.
2003: Vancouver ($4,000)
To assist Vancouver anti-poverty organizations facing deep budget cuts: Community Legal Assistance Society of BC (http://www.clasbc.net); PovNet (http://www.povnet.org); BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre (http://bcpiac.com); and the Pivot Legal Society (http://www.pivotlegal.org).