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Cy Pres Awards to Street Law, Inc.

Cy pres awards are distributions to charitable organizations of class action settlement funds that are unclaimed or can’t be distributed to class members. Because these funds are generated from class actions designed to protect rights, there is a logical connection to using them for educational programs that teach about legal rights and responsibilities.

Over the years courts and law firms have distributed several cy pres awards to Street Law, resulting in the following program activities: 

  • Street Law’s Closing the Gap program was funded through a cy pres award, enabling Street Law to conduct civil rights-themed professional development for high school teachers and to deliver webinars to educators on police-youth interaction.
  • Through a cy pres award in California, Street Law partnered with the American Antitrust Institute to develop classroom teaching materials to accompany a documentary film about anti-trust law.
  • cy pres award in Illinois allowed Street Law to partner with the Chicago chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel to begin what is now one of Street Law’s largest Legal Diversity Pipeline Program sites. This program reaches more than 300 students per year in Chicago area high schools.
  • cy pres award resulting from a lawsuit brought by the ACLU on behalf of arrested demonstrators in the District of Columbia allowed Street Law to design and deliver professional development to District of Columbia public school teachers.

For more information about cy pres awards and how Street Law can make an impact using these awards, contact Lee Arbetman (240-821-1310,

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