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The Legal Empowerment Fund is a new grant opportunity created by California ChangeLawyers. The Fund adopts a broad-based approach to harnessing the power of lawyers for good. Specifically, we seek to:

  • foster movement lawyering;

  • build the capacity of smaller and newer legal organizations;

  • and support new, diverse leaders in the legal profession. 


The Legal Empowerment Fund was created as a response to the deepening public consciousness about the importance of law on social justice issues and the need for lawyers of all backgrounds to rise to the challenges posed by the ongoing racial reckoning and the lack of equal justice under the law.


2021 is the first year of the Fund and is a pilot program for ChangeLawyers. Our intention is to learn from this new grantmaking process as well as from our applicants and eventual grantees. Our hope is that the program will have deep impacts for the community and, if successful, that we will grow the program throughout increased partnerships in 2022. 


The anticipated total amount of funding available this cycle is $470,000. Please refer to the Request for Proposal and FAQ below.


Thank you to our Fund Partners 

as of 10/25/21