The Justice and Equity Cups

Who Will Persevere?

2014 Justice and Equity Cup Results

Good things happen when lawyers work together to support legal aid. We know that the most efficient way to increase access to justice statewide is to increase funding for legal aid so that programs can hire more legal aid lawyers to help victims of domestic violence, families in danger of losing their homes, and children, seniors, and veterans who cannot afford a lawyer. For 26 years, the Campaign has created a community of people who care about the civil legal system and work together to make justice accessible to everyone, not just the few who can afford it.

There’s power in working together. Portland area large and mid-sized law firms are shining examples. In Portland area large firms, almost 80% of lawyers donate to support legal aid, and almost 50% of lawyers in mid-sized firms donate. And, in other groups, such as the Oregon Women Lawyers, more than 35% of lawyers donate.

Six years ago the Oregon State Bar and the Campaign for Equal Justice joined together to recognize the regions around the state with exemplary support for the Campaign. The prize: two traveling trophies, the Equity Cup and the Justice Cup. The Justice Cup is awarded to the region with the highest percent of lawyers giving to the Campaign. The Equity Cup is awarded to the region with the best improvement in participation, once they hit at least a 10% threshold.

Steering Committees work in regions around the state to increase funding for legal aid by recruiting colleagues to join them for lunch, signing their names to annual fund appeals, and making phone calls to reach out to their colleagues. County bar associations have also chipped in, by making financial contributions and using their newsletters as a way to honor donors. It is an impressive and coordinated effort.

Jackson County lawyers have once again claimed victory in the race for the Justice Cup. This year, 42% of lawyers in Jackson County donated to support legal aid. The Justice Cup is starting to feel at home in the display case in the County Courthouse, as this is their fourth year in a row to hold the high honor.

The winner of the Equity Cup this year is the Central Oregon region. More than 100 lawyers and judges attended the Central Oregon luncheon—the starting point for their fundraising. After the luncheon, the steering committee kicked into gear with outreach to potential donors. They increased the number of donors and raised more in donations than last year. At the close of the race, they had 126 donors, with almost 26% of lawyers in the region giving to the Campaign.

Congratulations to our champions in Jackson County and the Central Oregon Region!



The Equity Cup



Legal aid client "Helen"