A student group at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Bowen School of Law has received a $15,000 grant to provide legal education opportunities for topics relevant to the state’s LGBTQ community.
The grant for the OutLaw Legal Society, which has about 50 members, was awarded by the nonprofit Arkansas Community Foundation.
Projects for the two-year grant include working with community partners to hold rainbow clinics that provide legal assistance for LGBTQ Arkansans. They also plan to create a toolkit for lawyers that provides resources for the name and gender change legal processes.
The OutLaw Legal Society has twice been named the law school’s student organization of the year for its community involvement, on-campus engagement, and volunteerism. Some of its activities include leading education events regarding health care issues affecting the LGBTQ community, creating a student scholarship fund, and conducting a holiday supply drive for Lucie’s Place, a local nonprofit dedicated to rehousing queer youth who may be unsheltered.
“OutLaw’s scope has reached its max threshold of what students can do without extra funding,” Caleb Scott, law student and president of OutLaw, said in a news release. “With this grant, we are able to go out and do more and help more people. We are so thankful to the Arkansas Community Foundation for their support.”