Fund Receives Grant From Pyles & Turner Foundation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Jennifer Powell, Executive Director
(304) 293 8555
The West Virginia Fund for Law in the Public Interest (“The Fund”) is pleased to announce that the Pyles and Turner Foundation of Lewisburg, WV has awarded the Fund a $1000 grant in support of the Fund’s summer and post-graduate fellowship program for law students at the West Virginia University College of Law. The West Virginia Fund for Law in Public Interest is a non-profit organization that raises money to fund fellowships for WVU College of Law students to spend the summer working in public interest organizations throughout West Virginia. Founded in 1987, the fund seeks to help students gain a deeper understanding of the grave importance of public interest work. These students provide legal services to help low income West Virginians, including the elderly, the poor, children, and victims of domestic violence.

The Fund is very grateful to supporters like the Pyles and Turner Foundation whose generous donations help support the Fund’s work.

The Fund awards PIA fellowships annually to West Virginia College of Law students through a competitive selection process. Since its inception, over 350 students have received fellowships at public interest organizations. These include Legal Aid of West Virginia, Senior Legal Aid of West Virginia, Mountain State Justice, the Public Defender’s Office, West Virginia Advocates (now Disability Rights of WV), and ChildLaw Services, Inc. In the summer of 2016, the Fund funded fellowships for 18 WVU College of Law students who worked in these public interest organizations full-time for 10 weeks. Further, the Fund awarded three full time post graduate fellowships; these fellows took their fellowships to Appalachian Mountain Advocates, Legal Aid of West Virginia, and Senior Legal Aid.

Jennifer Powell, Executive Director of the West Virginia Fund for Law in the Public Interest notes, “The Pyles & Turner Foundation has been a generous supporter of the Fund for many years. Their grants help us create and support the next generation of public interest lawyers in West Virginia. These lawyers work tirelessly on behalf of the poor, victims of domestic violence, children, and others who cannot afford legal services.”

For more information about the West Virginia Fund for Law in the Public Interest, visit their website at www.wvpublicinterest.org.

For more information about the Pyles Turner Foundation, contact them c/o the Turner Law Firm, PLLC, P.O. Box 1865, Lewisburg, WV 24901. The President of the Foundation is Bradley J. Pyles and the Vice President is William D. Turner. Their phone number is (304) 645-2851.

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