HGD Partner Erik Heninger has been named to serve as President of the Alabama Civil Justice Foundation for a one-year term. The Mission of the Alabama Civil Justice Foundation is to assist in removing barriers to a civil and just society for Alabama families and children by (1) providing financial assistance to worthwhile charitable organizations serving disadvantaged, disabled, and at-risk families and children; and by (2) providing information and instruction beneficial to individual consumers and the larger community.
The Alabama Association for Justice (formerly known as the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association) began work to create the Alabama Civil Justice Foundation in 1992. With permission from the Alabama Supreme Court, the ACJF was established as an IOLTA to receive interest from lawyer’s trust accounts for charitable efforts throughout the state. Participation has grown from 50 attorneys in 1993 to more than 2,300 this year.
The ACJF began operating as a grant-making foundation in 1993 with the first set of grants awarded in December of that year. Since then, over $10 million has been awarded to organizations throughout the state that serve Alabama’s needy families and children, and over 750 organizations in every county in the state have received one or more grants from ACJF.