535 West Second Street
Suite 101
Lexington KY 40508
Contact Information
Address 535 West Second Street
Suite 101
Lexington, KY 40508
Phone (859) 255-9913 14
Fax 859 231-5356
Contact Name Nan Hanley
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 1996
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Other ways to donate include mailing a check, phone donations and in-kind donations.  Volunteer opportunities are available.
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Mission Statement The mission of the Access to Justice Foundation (AJF), a Kentucky non-profit created in 1996, is to expand access to the civil justice system for low-income people by increasing volunteer lawyer involvement and expanding financial support for Kentucky’s legal aid programs. AJF pursues these goals by promoting and coordinating statewide pro bono opportunities for volunteer lawyers, providing poverty law training, directing resource development activities, participating in a medical-legal partnership with Kentucky Children’s Hospital to provide free legal services to low income families with children who are ill or have a disability, and providing free telephone legal assistance to seniors throughout Kentucky. In addition, AJF was instrumental in the creation of the Kentucky Access to Justice Commission (KAJC), created by order of the Kentucky Supreme Court in 2010, in response to the great and growing need for civil legal aid for those of low to moderate incomes in Kentucky. The KAJC’s primary responsibilities are to identify the needs of the legal services community in providing civil legal services to the poor; create a statewide plan to deliver civil legal services; and develop strategies to increase resources and funding for civil legal services in Kentucky. 
Background Statement

Access to Justice Foundation was formed in 1996, but our work started years before. In 1978, the Office of Kentucky Legal Services Programs (OKLSP) was formed with funding from the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) to provide training and advocacy toKentucky’s civil legal aid programs. [U.S. Congress created LSC to ensure equal access to justice for all Americans by providing civil legal assistance to those who otherwise would not be able to afford it – it was a bipartisan congressional sponsorship and had the support of the Nixon administration (1974).] OKLSP served a vital role and won many victories for legal aid, including obtaining monies for support of civil legal aid programs through a court filing fee add-on.

In 1996, federal funding for these services was cut. Instead of closing up shop, the civil legal aid directors and a small group of attorneys and business leaders decided that these services were too vital to give up without a fight, and they helped establish the Access to Justice Foundation.

In the beginning, the staff consisted of 2 employees; our mission was fundraising for civil legal aid programs and providing CLE training to legal aid and pro bono attorneys.  During our first few years, we were able to initiate a general appropriation for civil legal services in the state budget and double the file fee add-on for civil legal aid programs.

Today, AJF has an Executive Director, 2 full-time attorneys and 1 part-time attorney. We still maintain our mission of raising money for and increasing awareness of civil legal aid, as well as provide training on substantive topics affecting low-income clients – and we have expanded our services to include Kentucky Volunteer Lawyers Program, a collaborative effort with the civil legal aid programs and their pro bono programs to increase the number of pro bono opportunities and attorneys;  the Helpline for Older Kentuckians, a toll-free telephone line that offers advice and referrals to Kentucky’s seniors; and Child Advocacy Today (CAT), a medical-legal partnership with theUniversityofKentucky Children’s Clinic.

"Equal justice under law is not merely a caption on the facade of the Supreme Court building, it is perhaps the most inspiring ideal of our society. It is one of the ends for which our entire legal system is fundamental that justice should be the same, in substance and availability, without regard to economic status."

-- Lewis Powell, Jr., U.S. Supreme Court Justice



Impact Statement

A. Our top accomplishments for the past year:

The number of attorneys who reported donating legal services has increased from 16.5 percent in 2011 to 18.6 percent in 2012.

Advocacy efforts from CAT attorneys resulted in a statewide policy change to increase management of childhood diabetes at public schools by trained school personnel.

AJF provides staffing for the Kentucky Access to Justice Commission and hosted a session on the importance of pro bono and civil legal aid at the 2012 Kentucky Bar Association Annual Convention. The included the premiere of “The Power of “One” video, which includes member of the judiciary, private bar and clients discussing the importance of civil legal aid.

In 2012, the Legal HelpLine served 1181 seniors with legal advice; 65 received legal services in the preparation of wills, power of attorneys, living wills, qualified domestic relation orders and qualifying income trusts for Medicaid, and assistance with collection defense cases; our attorney also handled 29 public benefit cases.

AJF participated in the “Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Conference,” an annual conference for the benefit of grandparents and offering a wide variety of workshops. AJF also recruited 11 attorneys to give free legal advice to grandparents.

B.  Our top goals for the current year:

Enroll 4,000 newKentuckychildren in Medicaid and KCHIP and renew the enrollment of an additional 1,000 children. We submitted a grant application proposing a statewide partnership among the AJF,KentuckyEqualJusticeCenterand the four legal aid programs for financial support for this goal.

Fundraise $50,000 for the CAT program in order to sustain legal assistance and advocacy for low-income children suffering from chronic illnesses.

Increase pro bono participation and recognition through events such as the Kentucky Law Update programs and local bar events.

CEO/Executive Director Statement

The needy live among us. They are our neighbors, elderly people we see at the store every day, children we see in our elementary schools. For families, poverty is one of the most significant indicators of child well-being as it affects all aspects of a child’s live, from health to education, to safety. The Access to Justice Foundation is a leading statewide poverty law resource and advocacy center in Kentucky dedicated to providing opportunity for quality civil legal aid assistance.

We count our successes from the telephone Legal HelpLine for Older Kentuckians (serving over 1,100 people in 2012 alone), to integrating legal services into the medical setting through ourChild Advocacy Todayprogram at UK’s pediatric clinics serving low income children, to training lawyers forpro bonowork through our KY Volunteer Lawyer Program to providing support and training to Kentucky’s four civil legal aid programs.

I have worked with the legal aid community since 1993. Now, over twenty years later, as we strive to continue and expand an array of services for low-income clients, we face even greater challenges than ever before due to an increase in the unmet need for legal services and substantial cuts in funding. Over the past few years, civil legal aid programs have lost nearly $900,000 in funding and have been forced to reduce their staff by twenty-two statewide. With these drastic downturns in our funding from government sources, and more cuts looming on the horizon –we need your support now more than ever.

I am proud to serve as the director at the Access to Justice Foundation, and I ask for your support of our mission to expand access to the civil justice system to include all Kentuckians. Your donation will helpsupport our low-income medical patients who need assistance in enrolling and retaining their Medicaid coverage. Your donation will help challenge wrongful denials of medically necessary formula and food for a chronically ill child with a birth defect. Your donation will ensure that and elderly caller receives the answers to her legal question, allowing her to stay in her home.

I appreciate your time and invite you to contact me if you have any questions or would like additional information about services we provide.
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Education /
Geographic Areas Served
Board Chair
Board Chair J. Warren Keller
Company Affiliation Taylor, Keller and Oswald, Attorneys at Law
Board Members
Gary Adkins Office of the Mason County Commonwealth AttorneyVoting
Laura M. Hagan Kerrick, Stivers, Coyle & Van Zant, Attorneys at LawVoting
J. Warren Keller Taylor, Keller and Oswald, Attorneys at LawVoting
James D. Lyon Law Office of James D. LyonVoting
Susan Sears Littler Mendelson, Attorneys at LawVoting
Brent Vasseur Boswell, Sims & Vasseur, Attorneys at LawVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 25%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 0%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 1
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Nan Frazer Hanley
Term Start Nov 2008
Experience Nan Frazer Hanley has been the Director of the Access to Justice Foundation since November 2008 and has been with the Access to Justice Foundation since its inception in 1996.  Before assuming the Director role, Ms. Hanley was the organization’s Training Coordinator, providing CLE events for legal aid and pro bono attorneys across the state. 
Full Time Staff 3
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 6
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title Director, KY Volunteer Lawyer Program

In May 2005, Jacqueline Syers Duncan started helping part-time on the Legal HelpLine for Older Kentuckians. She became full-time at AJF when she was appointed as the Director of the Kentucky Volunteer Lawyer Program in May 2007 to increase the awareness of the need for donated legal services for those who cannot afford an attorney and to increase the number of lawyers willing to donate their legal services. She was the founding legal partner for Child Advocacy Today, a medical-legal partnership with the Kentucky Children’s Hospital, in an effort to promote donated legal services to resolve legal issues affecting the health of children and now serves as its legal director. She is the staff attorney for the Kentucky Access to Justice Commission established by the Supreme Court of Kentucky in October 2010. Prior to joining AJF, Ms. Duncan practiced civil litigation with Jackson Kelly, PLLC. Ms. Duncan earned her law degree at the University of Kentucky College of Law and was a member of the Kentucky Law Journal.

Title Staff Attorney, Legal HelpLine for Older Kentuckians

Start Date: December 8, 2008.

Robin R. Cooke is an Attorney for the Access to Justice Foundation inLexington,Kentucky. She is responsible for the operation of the Legal HelpLine for Older Kentuckians at AJF, where she previously worked as a Legal Services Attorney. Robin earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Centre College, in Danville, Kentucky; her Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Kentucky and her Juris Doctor from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University. Robin is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for both the Eastern and Western Districts ofKentuckyand the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Robin is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association and the Fayette County Bar Association.

Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation No
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation No
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
CAT is a preventive law program designed to address legal issues affecting children's health, both individually and systemically; it is a medical-legal partnership formed in 2008 between AJF and the University of Kentucky Children’s Hospital. Frequently, medical issues for poor children are caused or exacerbated by issues outside of the medical arena that cannot be solved by health care professionals. CAT's work impacts health outcomes for low-income families and reduces health disparities. CAT engages in systemic advocacy on health-related services, housing, insurance, safety and environmental risks and access to public benefits and special education services. A classic example is intervention with a landlord or property manager on behalf of a child with asthma who lives in substandard housing (mold, rodent or insect infestation).
Budget 75000
Population Served , ,
The Legal HelpLine for Older Kentuckians is a telephone advice and referral service to help elderly Kentuckians with legal issues. The service provides legal advice and assistance to persons age 60 and older and their caregivers. Frequent topics are: Medicare and Medicaid, wills and basic estate planning, working with bill collectors, Credit card debt, home repair problems, power of attorney, guardianship, living wills and advance health care directives.
In 2012, the Helpline served 1181 seniors with legal advice and 65 of the 1181 received legal services in the preparation of wills, power of attorneys, living wills, qualified domestic relations orders and qualifying income trusts (QITs) for Medicaid, as well as assistance with collection defense. Our attorney handled 29 public benefit cases.
The call is toll-free and the attorneys can provide advice and limited assistance at no charge. The toll-free number is 1-800-200-3633.
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The Kentucky Volunteer Lawyer Program (KyVLP) is the state's first pro bono development project initiated to increase, strengthen and expand pro bono efforts on a statewide basis. In 2005, the Kentucky Bar Association and the Kentucky Supreme Court approved the project to address the growing need for civil legal aid assistance to citizens who cannot otherwise afford legal help. Studies showed that at least 80% of the civil legal needs of low-income citizens are not being met and, for those who seek legal aid, 50% of income- eligible citizens are turned away because of limited staff and financial resources. With funding support primarily from the KBA, the KyVLP strives to meet the legal needs of income-eligible citizens. KyVLP's campaign to "Change the World in 50 Hours" references our aspirational goal of 50 hours of pro bono legal services each year. The rule encourages lawyers to donate at least 50 hours per calendar year of professional legal services to persons of limited means, and/or financial support for organizations whose overall mission and activities are to provide legal assistance to those of limited means.

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Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has a Strategic Plan? No
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Access to Justice Foundation has a memorandum of understanding and collaborative relationship with the University of Kentucky, Kentucky Children's Hospital, and the UK Dept. of Pediatrics to operate the Child Advocacy Today program and to provide legal services and advocacy for low-income families at the UK Pediatric Clinics.
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2014
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2015
Projected Revenue $2,450,000.00
Projected Expenses $245,000.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Detailed Financials
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Revenue$1,214,466$815,824$807,283
Total Expenses$1,264,955$976,672$954,420
Revenue Less Expenses($50,489)($160,848)($147,137)
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$1,154,851$750,000$750,000
Individual Contributions$59,386$65,731$56,634
Investment Income, Net of Losses$229$93$649
Membership Dues$0$0--
Special Events$0$0--
Revenue In-Kind$0$0--
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$1,241,824$943,503$921,439
Administration Expense$23,131$33,169$32,981
Fundraising Expense$0$0--
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.960.840.85
Program Expense/Total Expenses98%97%97%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$89,579$94,839$262,395
Current Assets$83,703$86,668$253,866
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$56,910$11,682$18,390
Total Net Assets$32,669$83,157$244,005
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Registration Yes
Address 535 West Second Street
Suite 101
Lexington, KY 40508
Primary Phone 859 255-9913 14
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Nan Frazer Hanley
Board Chair J. Warren Keller
Board Chair Company Affiliation Taylor, Keller and Oswald, Attorneys at Law