BARRIERS TO JUSTICE

2018 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.

Justice is a right, not a privilege.

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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 presents Justice Trivia: Pub Trivia for a Good Cause!

Join us on March 28, 2019, at Kells Irish Pub. The doors Open at 5:30 p.m., and trivia Begins at 6:00 p.m. The suggested donation is $10 per individual, with a $5 suggested donation for law students, legal aid lawyers, legal staff, and unemployed lawyers.

Teams of up to five people are welcome, and teams will also be forming at the event. Light appetizers will be provided. Prizes for trivia winners and best team name!

Register online here.

28th Annual Awards Luncheon

Thanks to the nearly 450 members of the Oregon legal community who joined us for our 28th Annual Awards Luncheon on February 21!

We honored the individuals and firms that made outstanding contributions in support of legal aid this year and helped us exceed our fundraising goal. We also heard from James Sandman, president of the Legal Services Corporation, about how special Oregon is to have such breadth and depth of commitment to equal justice. He encouraged us to strive to be more like legal aid lawyers, who exemplify the very highest of American values.

See photos from the event here.

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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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