AG Derek Schmidt attends binational exchange to discusses cross-border issues with Mexican counterparts
TOPEKA – (July 25, 2016) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt last week met with Mexican legal authorities to continue discussing cooperative efforts to combat human trafficking, drug trafficking and other criminal conduct that crosses the international border and affects states like Kansas.
Schmidt and attorneys general from several other states participated in a binational exchange in Idaho with Mexican state attorneys general. The participants also included Mexico’s federal attorney general, Arely Gomez Gonzalez. The meeting was a follow up to an exchange last fall in Mexico City, which Schmidt also attended.
“These ongoing discussions build relationships and share information that strengthens the rule of law on both sides of the border,” Schmidt said. “By working together to combat criminal enterprises in Mexico before their effects cross the border, we promote public safety in Kansas.”
The exchange, formally known as the Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG) Alliance Partnership Binational State Attorney General Exchange, is coordinated with the U.S. State Department. The trainings it sponsors for Mexican legal authorities are one effort to support Mexico’s transition from its old inquisitorial criminal justice system toward a new adversarial court system that more closely resembles the system in the United States. That change is required by a 2008 amendment to the Mexican Constitution, and it is underway throughout the country.
The cost of the exchange is privately financed primarily by the CWAG Alliance Partnership, and not by Kansas tax dollars.
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Kansas organizations encouraged to apply for a KBF IOLTA grant
The Kansas Bar Foundation (KBF) is now accepting grant proposals under its IOLTA (Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts) program. The deadline to submit a proposal is August 29. The grant application packet and additional information can be found at http://www.ksbar.org/grant_process.
The Kansas IOLTA program generates interest each year that can be distributed to organizations that support law-related charitable public service projects and programs for low-income Kansans. The IOLTA program collects the interest from lawyers’ commingled client trust accounts which, prior to the creation of the Kansas IOLTA program in 1984, were held in non-interest bearing accounts. The client funds deposited in these accounts are either so small or will be held for such a short amount of time that any interest generated would be less than the expenses to set up a separate account or to separate out, keep appropriate tax records, and dispense interest to each client. However, when a number of these small or short term funds are pooled together, they can produce significant amounts of revenue for law‑related charitable public service projects.
“The IOLTA grant program has generated funding for many grants since it began, helping many nonprofit organizations provide their respective constituencies with legal services and law related education. Although it is not mandatory for an attorney to make his or her trust account one that bears interest, many do so because it is an easy way to give back to the community, and it’s just the right thing to do,” explained Susan Saidian, Chair of the Kansas Bar Foundation IOLTA Committee.
The KBF works with approximately 150 Kansas banks to provide IOLTA accounts. This partnership has resulted in over $4 million for grants for Kansas organizations since its inception 32 years ago.
“With the help of the Kansas Bankers Association, 3489 attorneys and Kansas banks have been able to participate, allowing IOLTA accounts to generate $96,285 in funds last year. In 2016, ten organizations received IOLTA funding for programs that provided free legal services or law related services and education,” Saidian said. “I encourage organizations serving populations with a need for legal or law related services to apply for the grant. “
To learn more about how the KBF and the Kansas Bankers Association work together visit:
Fri, 22 Jul 2016 14:57:43 GMT
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There will be 22 nonprofit organizations receiving $3.63 million in tax credits.
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Blake, whose real name is being withheld for privacy issues, arrived at Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex (KJCC) without a high school diploma or GED. On Friday, June 17, that changed as Blake and his 16 classmates, dressed in caps and gowns, received their diplomas from KJCC's Lawrence Gardner High School (LGHS) in front of friends and family.
TOPEKA, Kan. - The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has issued a boil water advisory for the City of Kanopolis public water supply located in Ellsworth County. KDHE officials issued the advisory because of a positive bacteriological sample and inadequate chlorine residuals in the distribution system.
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By: Anne Dewvall | July 19, 2016 --- The Kauffman Foundation recently awarded NetWork Kansas a grant to facilitate business assistance projects in Kansas. A portion of the grant funds will be utilized to send a select number of second-stage Kansas businesses through the Kansas Economic Gardening program.
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