John R. Justice Loan Forgiveness Program

Applications for the John R. Justice grant are being accepted through September 3, 2014.

Wisconsin has been approved to receive funds for the John R. Justice Grant. In 2010, Congress enacted this law, named for the late John Reid Justice of South Carolina, to encourage qualified attorneys to choose careers as prosecutors and public defenders and to continue in that service. The John R. Justice Program provides loan repayment assistance for state and federal public defenders and state prosecutors who agree to remain employed as public defenders and prosecutors for at least three years.

The State of Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board (HEAB) is the designated administrative agency, and will collaborate with the Wisconsin Public Defenders, the State Prosecutors Office, the Wisconsin Department of Justice, the Association of State Prosecutors (ASP) and the Wisconsin State Public Defenders Association to review applications and select recipients.

The total amount of funding for Wisconsin for this year is $62,152, which includes $27,968 for awards for public defenders; $27,968 for awards for prosecutors; and $6,216 for administrative costs.

The following files are needed to apply for the grant:

Application Instructions

Application (Word)

Application Checklist

Least Ability to Repay Determination

Previous Employment Verification

Employment Verification

Service Agreement