BARRIERS TO JUSTICE

Legal Needs Study

With the support of the Oregon Department of Justice, the 2018 Civil Legal Needs Study was commissioned by the Oregon Law Foundation, Oregon State Bar, Oregon Judicial Department, Campaign for Equal Justice, Legal Aid Services of Oregon, and the Oregon Law Center to assess the current ability of low-income individuals to access the civil justice system. The findings were stark. Go to OLF's website to read the study and learn more about what you can do to help.

75%

Legal Problems are Widespread: 75% of survey participants live in a household that experienced a legal problem in the previous 12 months.

5.4

Legal Problems Multiply: 5.4 legal problems were suffered by the typical low-income household in Oregon in the last 12 months.

84%

The Need for Legal Aid Outpaces Resources: 84% of people with a legal problem did not receive legal help of any kind.

News

CEJ’s Annual Report Available

CEJ's 2018-19 Annual Report is scheduled to hit mailboxes across the state during the week of July 1, 2019. We're excited to share the accomplishments of our donors, volunteers, board, and staff. If you'd like to see an electronic copy, you can find it here:Annual Report 2018-2019We wouldn't have such strong statewide support for legal aid without you. Together, we are legal aid! Thanks again.

Legal Needs Study in the News

Barriers to Justice, the 2018 Legal Needs Study commissioned by the Oregon Law Foundation, Oregon State Bar, Oregon Judicial Department, Campaign for Equal Justice, Legal Aid Services of Oregon, and the Oregon Law Center to assess the current ability of low-income individuals to access the civil justice system, has been in the news recently. Read more about it in the following stories and editorials:

Justice Trivia – Portland

CEJ's Associates Committee and the MBA Young Lawyers Section held a Portland Justice Trivia event on March 28, 2019, at Kells Irish Pub. Lawyers, legal staff, and friends formed teams and battled it out for fancy trophies and bragging rights. There was even a prize for best team name! Turnout was better than anticipated, with teams showing up at the door and around 140 people squeezing into a space that was set up for 100. One team even cleverly commandeered the registration table. A great time was had by all and both funds and awareness were raised about legal aid in Oregon. (Next time, we will plan for more seating!)

Your Legal Aid Region

2018-2019
Annual Fund Progress

Events

Success Stories

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You & Legal Aid Helped Clara

After Clara's abuser sent her to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, legal aid helped keep her and her son safe and in their home.

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You & Legal Aid Helped Emily

Emily's husband was violent and the violence was escalating. Legal aid helped guide Emily through the restraining order process.

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You & Legal Aid Helped Steve

When "Steve's" landlord shut off the boiler, leaving all the tenants without heat for eight months, legal aid helped them assert their rights.

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