What is CEJ?

Founded by Lawyers, Supported by the Legal Community

Oregon lawyers established the Campaign for Equal Justice (CEJ) in 1991, with the mission of making equal access to justice a reality for all Oregonians. CEJ is the support organization for Oregon’s statewide legal aid programs, who encourage your support through CEJ. In the past 25 years, CEJ has raised more than $25 million in its annual fund drive.

CEJ is powered by 300 volunteers from the legal community 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.

Justice David Brewer speaks about access to justice at CEJ's 2011 Annual Awards Luncheon

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!

If you would like to get in contact with a legal aid office, please click here to locate the office near you.


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 20,000 families and individuals this year.

Since 1991, the Oregon legal community has helped the Campaign raise more than $25 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.

Chief Justice Thomas Balmer

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.
Read about the findings of our Task Force on Legal Aid Funding.
Browse CEJ’s Annual Reports.
Review CEJ’s financial reports.

Legal aid client "Helen"