What is CEJ?
The Campaign for Equal Justice supports Oregon's legal aid providers through private fundraising, education, and outreach efforts. Oregon lawyers created the Campaign for Equal Justice in 1991 to help make equal justice a reality for all Oregonians.
Your support helps the Campaign:
- operate an annual fund drive powered by nearly 300 volunteers
- educate lawyers and communities about access to justice
- work with lawyer volunteers and bar organizations to increase state and federal funding for legal aid
- operate an endowment fund to preserve the future of legal aid
Since 1991, the Oregon legal community has raised more than $33.5 million for legal aid in our annual fund drive. The legal community will be coming together again this fall to focus on access to justice. Please join us.
If you would like to get involved, contact CEJ at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-295-8442. Thank you for your help!
What is Legal Aid?
Civil legal aid ensures fairness in the justice system. It provides essential services to low-income and vulnerable Oregonians who are faced with legal emergencies. When low-income Oregonians lack the resources for needed legal help, they are effectively shut out of the justice system. To the average person, our legal system is a maze. That's why lawyers are trained to guide their clients through the system.
Legal Aid Provides:
- free civil legal services to low-income and elderly Oregonians;
- brochures, court forms, and self-help materials to help people navigate our justice system;
- websites with accessible legal information available to all Oregonians; and
- resources to help stabilize families and prevent a further slide into poverty.
Pro Bono Opportunities
Legal aid needs your help! To learn more about opportunities in your area, contact legal aid's Statewide Pro Bono Manager, Jill Mallery at: email@example.com
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Congratulations to Our 2022 Award Winners!
Jessie has been an important part of CEJ's Associates Committee since 2017 and served as committee Co-Chair for four years. This year, Jessie was a big part of Schwabe's outstanding fundraising that won them the large firm award. Congratulations Jessie and thank you for all your hard work!
Midsize Firm Award
Samuels Yoelin Kantor LLP
Samuels Yoelin Kantor had a fantastic 2022, with a 55% increase in total giving and a 65% increase in per capita giving! Efforts were spearheaded by CEJ Board Vice-President Denise Gorrell, who also co-chairs the midsized firm committee, and Associate Daniela Holgate. Thank you Samuels Yoelin Kantor for your excellent work this year!
Large Firm Award
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt PC
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt PC made huge strides forward in every category this year, and really stood out for their efforts. The firm had an almost 230% increase in per capita giving and more than tripled their total giving. Thank you CEJ Board and Committee volunteers Sara Kobak, Brien Flanagan, Jessie Schuh, Charmin Shiely, and Nellie Barnard.
The Justice Cup: Central Oregon
Conratulations to Central Oregon for winning the Justice Cup! An outstanding 27% of regional lawyers donated to CEJ in 2022. The Justice Cup is awarded to the region with the highest percentage of their lawyers giving in a campaign year.
The Equity Cup: Marion-Polk Region
The Marion-Polk region wins CEJ's Equity Cup this year. The Equity Cup is awarded to the region that has the highest percentage increase of lawyers giving in a campaign year. The Marion-Polk region increased their CEJ donors by an incredible 45% and increased the region's overall participation by 6 percentage points compared to last year. Thank you Marion-Polk Regional Steering Committee members for your hard work this year!
Guardians of Justice
Firms/organizations of 2 or more attorneys that averaged $1,030 or more per attorney
Barran Liebman LLP
High Desert Law LLC
Leonard Law Group
Miller & Hopp Attorneys at Law
Rogue Law Firm PC
Tarlow Naito & Summers LLP
Defenders of Justice
Firms/organizations of 2 or more attorneys that averaged $530-1029 per attorney
Best Best & Krieger
Center for Nonprofit Legal Services
The Corson & Johnson Law Firm
Dorsay & Easton LLP
Dunn Carney LLP
Elmer & Brunot PC
Esler Stephens & Buckley
Farleigh Wada Witt
Office of General Counsel Network
Hershner Hunter LLP
Lane Powell PC
McDowell Rackner & Gibson PC
Murphy Law Group PC
Perkins Coie LLP
Pickett Dummigan McCall LLP
Ring Bender LLP
Rose, Senders, & Bovarnick LLC
Stoel Rives LLP
Swanson Lathen Prestwich PC
Tonkon Torp LLP
Firms/organizations of 2 or more attorneys that averaged $330 or more per attorney
Bennett Hartman Morris & Kaplan LLP
Brophy Schmor LLP
Buchanan Angeli Altschul & Sullivan LLP
Cosgrave Vergeer & Kester LLP
Davis Hearn Anderson & Turner
Evans Batlan Getchell LLC
Haglund Kelley Jones & Wilder LLP
Holland & Knight LLP
Kit A Jensen Attorney at Law
Keating Jones Hughes PC
Employees of the Oregon Supreme Court
Pearl Legal Group PC
Employees of Precision Castparts
Samuels Yoelin Kantor LLP
Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt PC
Sherman Sherman Johnnie & Hoyt LLP
Employees of the City of Springfield
Stout Law LLC
Tomasi Bragar DuBay
Troutman Pepper LLP
Employees of the University of Oregon Law School
Wildwood Law Group
The Wolf Firm, A Law Corporation
Wyse Kadish LLP
The Leadership Cup: Clackamas County
The Clackamas County region wins the Leadership Cup this year. The Leadership Cup is awarded jointly by the Oregon Law Foundation and Campaign for Equal Justice and recognizes the region with the greatest percentage increase in IOLTAs at Leadership Banks and Credit Unions.
The Oregon Law Foundation uses IOLTA (interest on lawyer trust accounts) to fund organizations that provide legal services to people of lesser means. When a lawyer or firm chooses to keep their IOLTA at an OLF Leadership Bank or Credit Union, they are making up to 100 times more interest for Oregonians in need, without spending anything.
It is easy to move your IOLTA to a Leadership Bank or Credit Union, and the OLF and CEJ supporters in our Clackamas County region have done an especially good job this year in increasing awareness of the ease and value of making the switch.
The OLF and CEJ congratulate Clackamas County on winning the Leadership Cup! Thank you to all of the lawyers and firms that have joined a Leadership institution, and thank you to all of our OLF & CEJ supporters who encouraged their colleagues to make the switch.
Where You Bank Matters!
If every Oregon lawyer moved to a Leadership Bank or Credit Union, nearly $2.75 million more would be available to help fund legal aid every year. IOLTA deposits make up to 300x more at a Leadership Bank or Credit Union, and in Oregon, over 90% of IOLTA generated interest comes from Leadership Banks and Credit Unions. Oregon attorneys are on the right track - more than 3 out of 5 new IOLTA accounts are opened at Leadership Banks or Credit Unions.
The OLF and CEJ congratulate attorneys in the Clackamas County region for winning the 2022 Leadership Cup. The Leadership Cup is awarded to the Oregon region with the highest percentage increase in IOLTAs at Leadership Banks and Credit unions.
We are so proud of Maria!
Congratulations to legal aid's Maria Arámbula-Romero for being named Woman of the Year by the Ontario Area Chamber of Commerce.
Maria started working at legal aid 43 years ago, wanting to give back and make her community a better place. Over four decades later, she has helped countless low-income Oregonians get free legal help during times of great need. At legal aid, Maria advocates when they can't advocate for themselves, and works with community partners to come up with solutions.
Maria helped found Project DOVE, which helps domestic violence survivors, and founded the Euvalcree's Treasure Valley Resource Center, a nonprofit dedicated to helping underserved populations improve their lives.
These are just a few of her many community activities. We are so grateful for Maria's years of commitment to legal aid and community volunteering. Congratulations Maria!
A Call to Action
Gerard lives in rural Oregon near the border with Idaho. Two of Gerard’s children have special needs and one needs regular transportation to specialists in far-off Boise or Meridian. Gerard had his license revoked more than ten years ago, but has had a clean record ever since. The medical transport services in the area are scarce and unreliable, and Gerard had to find friends and family willing to help to get his children to their medical appointments on time.
Gerard knew he was eligible to have his license reinstated, but found the process difficult to navigate. It had been dragging on for more than a year when Gerard’s daughter cut her leg and needed urgent transportation to a hospital.
Luckily, he found a neighbor willing to drive to the hospital, but didn’t want to be helpless in an emergency ever again—he needed to get his license back as soon as possible.
Gerard found legal aid and qualified for a lawyer to help him. Gerard’s lawyer filed a petition for restoration and advocated for him in a hearing before a local judge. The judge agreed that his license should be restored.
Gerard believes he wouldn’t have gotten his license reinstated without access to a legal aid lawyer, even though he qualified because, “for a person to go through the entire process themselves, it is just too much…the legal aid lawyers knew what papers to file and how to talk to the judge.”
Helping to create a permanent, stable source of income for access to justice in Oregon through a planned gift honors your lifetime commitment to justice for all. When you Endow Now!, you make a planned gift pledge that will return the amount of your yearly annual gift to the Campaign for Equal Justice in perpetuity.
Imagine What it Would Look Like if Funding for Legal Aid Was Secure
Part of the beauty of the Endow Now! initiative is its simplicity. One of the easiest ways to participate is to name CEJ as a beneficiary or partial beneficiary of your IRA, retirement plan, or life insurance policy. In most cases all you need to do is fill out a simple form. Curious about the lump sum gift amount needed to ensure subsequent yearly distributions that match your current giving level? Check out the chart!
For more information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503-295-8442 and ask to speak to the Executive Director about endowing a gift.
After ten years at the CEJ, and seven years as the Executive Director, Maya Crawford Peacock has left to join the Office of Governor Tina Kotek as Executive Appointments Director.
Maya dedicated her legal career to serving low-income Oregonians, and is driven to make the justice system fair and accessible to everyone, not just to those who can afford a lawyer. Maya joined Legal Aid Services of Oregon straight out of law school and worked there for over a decade, coordinating pro bono projects in their Portland office before becoming LASO's first Statewide Pro Bono Manager.
When Maya joined the Campaign for Equal Justice, she turned her focus to empowering the whole legal community to spread the message about the importance of access to justice, and helped raise over $1 million each year in support of legal aid.
Maya's favorite thing about working for the CEJ (besides her amazing co-workers) was having the opportunity to work with lawyers from every practice area and every corner of the state on their shared goal of increasing resources for legal aid.
We are excited for Maya's transition to the Governor's office, where she continues her work encouraging people toward public service. We are also pleased to welcome Ayla Ercin as our new Executive Director. Ayla was hired as the CEJ's Executive Director in March of 2023 after serving as CEJ's Annual Fund Director since 2021, and as a lawyer in the Oregon legal community for more than a decade before that. Ayla looks forward to leading the CEJ as it works to improve the lives of low-income Oregonians by raising awareness and support for legal aid in 2023 and beyond.