For more information
about the Idaho JRJ Grant,
contact Jeffrey A. Dodge
email: JRJGrant@uidaho.edu
phone: 208-885-4977
fax: 208-885-5709
University of Idaho
College of Law
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 2321
Moscow, Idaho 83844-2321

Locations

Moscow

uilaw@uidaho.edu
Administration Office: 208-885-2255
Dean’s Office: 208-885-4977
fax: 208-885-5709
Menard 101
711 S. Rayburn Drive

Mailing Address:
College of Law
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2321
Moscow, ID 83844-2321

Boise

phone: 208-364-4074
fax: 208-334-2176
322 E. Front St., Suite 590
Boise, ID 83702

Deliveries (Moscow)

FedEx Deliveries only
University of Idaho
711 S. Rayburn Drive
Moscow, ID 83844-2321

2013-2014 Guidelines and Instructions

The ID/JRJ Program provides educational loan repayment benefits to prosecutors and public defenders in Idaho (ID), using funding from the John R. Justice (JRJ) Program. The purpose of the program is to encourage qualified attorneys to choose careers as prosecutors and public defenders and to continue in that service.

  1. Amount of Program Funding and Benefit Amount
    The ID/JRJ Program will be awarded federal funds during the period of October 1, 2013 – September 30, 2014. Each beneficiary may receive a maximum of $6,000 depending on demonstrated need. A beneficiary may not receive more than $60,000 in total lifetime benefits provided by JRJ grant funds.
  2. Eligibility
    1. Eligible Employment
      The definitions of prosecutors and public defenders that are in employment eligible for benefits from the ID/JRJ Program are below:
      Prosecutor – A full-time employee of a state or unit of local government (including tribal government) who is continually licensed to practice law and prosecutes criminal or juvenile delinquency cases at the state or unit of local government level (including supervision, education, or training of other persons prosecuting such cases). 42 U.S.C.§3797cc-21(b)(1).
      Public Defender – An attorney who is continually licensed to practice law and is a full-time employee of a state or unit of local government (including tribal government) who provides legal representation to indigent persons in criminal or juvenile delinquency cases including supervision, education, or training of other persons providing such representation; is a full-time employee of a nonprofit organization operating under a contract with a state or unit of local government who devotes substantially all of the employee’s full-time employment to providing legal representation to indigent persons in criminal or juvenile delinquency cases including supervision, education, or training of other persons providing such representation; or employed as a full-time federal defender attorney in a defender organization pursuant to Subsection )(g) of section 3006A of Title 18, United States Code, that provides legal representation to indigent persons in criminal or juvenile delinquency cases. 42 U.S.C. §3797cc-21(b)(2).
      Ineligible employment: Prosecutors who are employees of the federal government are ineligible. Attorneys who are in private practice and not a full-time employee of a non-profit organization, even if individually or part of a firm that is under contract with a state or court appointed to provide public defense services, do not qualify as “public defenders” and therefore are not considered to be eligible.
    2. Other Eligibility Requirements
      1. A beneficiary must be employed in the state from which s/he receives JRJ funding.
      2. A beneficiary must be employed full-time, which is not less than 75 percent of a forty hour work week.
      3. A beneficiary must be continually licensed to practice law.
      4. A beneficiary must not be in default on repayment of any federal student loans.
      5. A beneficiary must have a Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) of $75,000 or less.
    3. Staff will evaluate eligibility based on the programmatic criteria set forth by the U.S. Department of Justice and existing ID guidelines. This formula will determine the applicant’s “ability to pay” his/her student loans and accounts for salary differences, domestic partner income, out of pocket deductions and dependents. See the JRJ Student Loan Repayment Program (JRJSLRP) Service Agreement for other eligibility requirements.
    4. Eligible Student Loans
      The following loans are eligible for repayment with JRJ funds:
      1. A loan made, insured, or guaranteed under part B of subchapter IV of chapter 28 of Title 20 (Federal Family Education Loan Program);
      2. A loan made under part C or D of subchapter IV of chapter 28 of Title 20 (William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan and Federal Perkins Loans);
      3. A loan made under section 1078-3 or 1087e(g) of Title 20 (Federal consolidation loans and Federal Direct Consolidation loans, respectively)
    5. The following loans are ineligible for repayment with JRJ funds:
      1. A loan made to the parents of a dependent student under section 428B of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1078-2);
      2. A Federal Direct PLUS Loan made to the parents of a dependent student;
      3. A loan made under section 428C or 455 (g) of the higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1078-3 (Federal consolidation loans) and 1087e(g) (Federal Direct Consolidation loans) to the extent that such loan was used to repay a loan described in clause (1) or (2);
      4. Private loans
      Applicants who have consolidated their qualifying loans with a spouse’s loans should provide documentation showing the dollar amount each party held at the time of consolidation and calculate what percentage of the new combined loan is attributable to each person. The ID/JRJ Program will look at the current loan balance, and, based on the percentage attributable to the attorney requesting participation, will establish that portion as the “loan balance” eligible for repayment.
  3. Application Procedure
    Applicants must submit an application packet by March 1, 2014 to:
    University of Idaho College of Law
    Attn: ID JRJ Program
    875 Perimeter Drive, MS 2321
    Moscow, Idaho 83844-2321

    An application packet includes the application, employer verification form, loan account statement(s) and a signed service agreement.
  4. Selection of Beneficiaries
    The total amount of benefits funded with JRJ funding will be equally divided between prosecutors and public defenders.
    Within the two employment categories, priority will be given to those attorneys who have the least ability to repay their student loans. The methodology that will be used to assess an applicant’s ability to repay their student loans will be to consider the ratio of an applicant’s total eligible educational debt to an applicant’s Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI). The minimum ratio needed to receive benefits will be determined after all applications are received and the numbers of applications is compared with the total amount of funding available. Awards will distributed to those least able to repay their loans, but will be spread among geographic and population density to ensure that funding is not isolated or heavily concentrated in any particular metropolitan area or geographic section of the state. Widespread distribution between rural and urban areas and amongst all quadrants of the state will be ensured.
  5. Service Agreement
    Attorneys selected to receive assistance must sign a service agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice. The service agreement obligates a beneficiary of 2013-2014 JRJ funds to “remain employed as a prosecutor or public defender for a period of service of not less than three years (36 months) unless involuntarily separated from employment.” The Service Agreement is attached to these guidelines and should be read for all of the agreements that the beneficiary will need to agree to with the U.S. Department of Justice.
  6. Benefits Distribution
    ID/ JRJ Program will pay the awarded benefits in one lump sum payment to the lender of the beneficiary’s loan(s). The amount paid will not exceed the total qualifying loan balance. ID/ JRJ Program will not be held responsible for any late fees assessed by the lending institution. If the beneficiary has more than one eligible loan, s/he will indicate on the application the loan for which the ID/ JRJ Program should make the quarterly payments.
  7. Taxability
    Loan payments made through the ID/JRJ Program on behalf of beneficiaries may be taxable and subject to withholding.
  8. Renewal of Benefits for 2013-2014 Beneficiaries
    Once approved for loan repayment, there is a rebuttable presumption that a beneficiary will be given priority consideration to receive funding during the second and third years of the threeyear service agreement, depending on the availability of funds. Renewal is not automatic and nothing shall obligate ID/JRJ Program to renew a benefit in the same (or greater) amount previously received by a beneficiary.
  9. Changes in Beneficiary Employment
    Beneficiaries who change jobs, but remain in continual, eligible employment in Idaho will continue to be eligible for current or renewed benefits to the same extent as those who did not change employment.
  10. Contact Information For more information about the Idaho JRJ Grant Program, contact
    University of Idaho College of Law
    875 Perimeter Drive, MS 2321
    Moscow, Idaho 83844-2321
    email: JRJGrant@uidaho.edu
    phone: (208) 885-4977