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SMBF Wins Prestigious NCBF Award for 1217 Project

Wednesday, July 10, 2019  
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The Springfield Metropolitan Bar Foundation was recently awarded the LexisNexis Partnership for Success Award by the National Conference of Bar Foundations. This annual award is given to bar foundation initiatives that make a significant impact in their community on issues for which lawyers are uniquely positioned to lead. Previous winners include the Austin Bar Foundation and the Philadelphia Bar Foundation. The Springfield Bar Foundation will receive $1500 in unrestricted funds for this accomplishment.

Funded by a grant from the Missouri Lawyers Trust Account Foundation and the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Foundation, the 1217 Project is a four-year legal and financial literacy initiative. It is designed to promote individual self sufficiency and disrupt the trend toward intergenerational poverty in Springfield’s Zone One. The project has four programming spokes: (1) ShowMe Prosperity: Legal Literacy Workshops, (2) Legal Beagle Book Club for children, (3) Legal Wellness for Nonprofits, and (4) Law Review for Reverends. The 1217 Project uniquely works with the framework already in place to fight poverty and better equips those already well-positioned to help. 

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