One of the primary goals of BALIF since inception has been to increase the number of LGBTQI judges on the bench. To that end, the BALIF Foundation funds educational programming specifically designed to prepare and inform LGBTQI attorneys interested in becoming judges.
The BALIF Foundation scholarship program funds law students' legal work aimed at helping or progressing the LGBTQI community. Student applicants need not be LGBTQI themselves, but the focus of their proposed work should be addressing LGBTQI issues and issues facing individuals living with HIV and AIDS. Some scholarships may be collaborations with other Minority Bar Association organizations that focus jointly on issues facing the LGBTQI community and the specific bar association community.
LAW STUDENT SUMMER STIPENDS
The Foundation will award short-term stipends to outstanding law students to work in unpaid judicial internships and summer positions with non-profit organizations progressing issues facing the LGBTQI community
The BALIF Foundation funds a post-graduate fellowship to a new attorney for pursuit of an innovative social justice law project directly impacting the LGBTQI community. The Fellowship may be one to two years, providing an annual salary to the Foundation Fellow.