WHO ARE WE?

Founded by Lawyers, Supported by the Legal Community

The Campaign for Equal Justice (CEJ) is the support arm of Oregon’s legal aid programs. Oregon lawyers established CEJ 1991, with the mission of making equal access to justice a reality for all Oregonians. CEJ is powered by over 290 lawyer and legal staff volunteers from across Oregon. CEJ activities include:

  • Operating an Annual Fund Drive with the help of 300 volunteer lawyers;
  • Educating lawyers and the community about access to justice and how legal services are delivered in Oregon;
  • Working with lawyer volunteers and bar organizations to increase state and federal funding for legal aid;
  • Growing foundation support for legal aid programs; and
  • Managing an Endowment to preserve the future of legal aid.

With support from almost 3200 donors like you, our 2013-14 Annual Fund Drive raised $1.225 million for legal aid! Your support for Oregon’s 90 legal aid attorneys helps provide services in all 36 Oregon counties.


Do You Believe in Justice?

When you support CEJ, you make a difference for low-income and elderly Oregonians all across the state. Your support helps legal aid serve people with the most critical legal needs—food, shelter, medical care, income maintenance, and physical safety. About forty percent of legal aid’s cases involve family law, usually helping victims of domestic violence, and almost eighty percent of legal aid’s clients are women, most with children to support. Thank you for helping legal aid!
Justice David Brewer speaks about access to justice
at CEJ's 2011 Annual Awards Luncheon
If you would like to get in contact with a legal aid office, please click here to locate the office near you.

Your Assistance Means More Than Ever Before

There are 850,000 low-income and elderly Oregonians eligible for legal aid services. The need has increased under pressure from a weak economy; since 2000, poverty in Oregon has risen by 61%. With help from supporters like you, Oregon legal aid programs will serve about 22,000 families and individuals this year.

Since 1991, the Oregon legal community has helped the Campaign raise more than $23 million for legal aid. Still, despite the tremendous efforts of CEJ volunteers and contributors, legal aid still meets just 15% of the legal needs of Oregon’s poor. You can help change that.

If you supported legal aid this year, thank you! If you did not, there's still time to help.

Please make a donation today. Your gift, in any amount, helps:

  • Provide direct legal assistance to about 20,000 individuals and families every year, including
    • Representation and advice from legal aid lawyers (link to client stories)
    • Self help materials, classes, and websites
    • Matching pro bono lawyers and low-income clients
  • Secure public funding and foundation support to help maintain the integrity of our justice system
Learn about other ways you can help.
Meet our board, staff, and advisory committee.
Browse CEJ’s Annual Reports.
Review CEJ’s financial reports.

WHY DO WE SUPPORT LEGAL AID?

KRISTIE GIBSON
Gartland Nelson McCleery & Wade PC, Eugene

In these difficult economic times, there are so many people in desperate need of high priority legal services who are without the means to afford representation. A
contribution to the Campaign for Equal Justice is a contribution to access to justice for Oregonians and a socially conscious investment in our community.

MIKE SCHRUNK
Multnomah County District Attorney, Portland

I donate to the Campaign for Equal Justice because it promotes the rule of law, not only in the profession, but in
the entire community. It's the right thing to do.

LIANI REEVES
Office of the Governor, Salem

I heard a Swedish mayor recently say that "the measure of society is how it treats its most vulnerable members." Supporting the Campaign supports our most vulnerable members. I feel thar this is not only my obligation as a lawyer, but our obligation as a profession and as a society.

S WARD GREENE
Greene & Markley PC, Portland

If you are reading this, you don't need me to tell you that as lawyers, we have a duty to promote and defend justice for all. You already know how overburdened and underpaid our legal aid system is. We all need to increase the level of our support and encourage our partners, associates and friends to give to the Campaign.

 

 


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