Justice Connects

Silvia's Story

After enduring years of emotional, verbal, and physical violence, Silvia finally decided she had to get help. Legal aid helped her file for a restraining order. Silvia was afraid, but she persevered, and the restraining order was upheld. Silvia and her daughters finally feel safe in their own home.

Read more about Silvia, Josephina, and Carmen, and others who were helped by legal aid.


CEJ Staff Working Remotely

During this extraordinary global pandemic, CEJ staff are working remotely in order to help curb the spread of COVID-19. We are adjusting to virtual meetings and the logistics of remote work, but we are able to help our supporters with anything you might need. We are responding to both voice mails and e-mails, so please feel free to contact us with any questions.

29th Annual Awards Luncheon

two trophiesCEJ's 29th Annual Awards Luncheon

We hope you can join us at our 29th Annual Awards Luncheon on February 20, 2020! We always appreciate this opportunity to reflect on the past campaign year and to celebrate the volunteers and donors who make such a valuable contribution to CEJ, to legal aid, and to equal access to justice throughout Oregon. Come see who will win the Justice Cup and the Equity Cup!

Individual tickets are $50 each and tables of 10 are $500. Sign up now, while there's still room!

Registration is open on our website.

Laf-Off: Oregon’s Premier Lawyer Comedy Event!

CEJ Laf-Off 2019 Lawyer Comedy EventOn October 25, 2019, about 300 members of the Oregon legal community gathered to witness Oregon's Premier Lawyer Comedy Club Event: Laf-Off!

Nine lawyer comedians vied for fabulously decorated rubber chicken awards. With such talented comedians, we wish that everyone could have taken home a chicken, but these were the ultimate winners:

  • Most dollars raised for legal aid: DIANE HENKELS! (She took home the fabulous "Oh Chickey, You're so Fine" chicken.
  • Most donors for legal aid: SARAH LOWE! (She took home the amazing "Ruth Bader Ginsbawk" chicken.)
  • Funniest Comedian Before 9:00 p.m.: SARAH LOWE! (She took home the incredible "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Hen" chicken.)
  • Most dollars raised for legal aid: HEATHER WEIGLER! (She claimed the marvelous "CHIC-en" award.)
  • Most donors for legal aid: HEATHER WEIGLER! (She took home the tremendous "Chicken Breast-Stroke" award.)
  • Funniest Comedian After 9:00 p.m.: IT WAS A TIE!
    • CIERRA BROWN took home the extraordinary "Baked Chicken" award.
    • PAUL NEESE claimed the phenomenal "Count Chickula" award.
Thanks to everyone who came out to the shows, who sponsored (Multnomah Bar Association, Heritage Bank, and Pacific West Bank), and who donated to assist CEJ's statewide support of legal aid. We couldn't do it without you!

Lane County Luncheon

The 11th Annual Campaign for Equal Justice Lane County Luncheon

On October 4, 2019, nearly 200 members of the Lane County legal community gathered at the Vet's Club for the 11th Annual CEJ Lane County Luncheon.

Our speakers included: Hon. Mustafa Kasubhai, Hon. Josephine Mooney, Todd Johnston, Ross Williamson, Gerry Gaydos, Erika Hente, Elliott Farren, Molly Wijers, and Sebastian Tapia from the Lane County Bar Association.

As Judge Kashubai so sagely pointed out during the luncheon:

"I am wholly disinterested in resting on the ideal of separate but equal. We have been down that road before and we need not describe the utterly flawed logic and intrinsic inequity of such a system. The ideal our community must pursue is the ideal of one circle that includes all of us. Without this ideal, there is no justice.

The Campaign pursues this ideal. Through your passion for justice and commitment to equity, we can keep drawing that circle wider to one day include everyone. This also means no one can be on the sidelines. Supporting the Campaign is one key way to draw the circle wider. Our practice of professionalism in this legal community also plays an important role."

Legal Needs Study

With the support of the Oregon Department of Justice, a 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.

The study has been in the news recently. Read more about it in the following stories and editorials:

Lara L. Skidmore Memorial Fund

CEJ was saddened to learn of the recent passing of Lara L. Skidmore, the Managing Partner of Troutman Sanders’ Portland office. Her husband, John Moot, has generously offered to fund a new domestic violence attorney position at Legal Aid Services of Oregon, in her memory.

John states: “I have committed to fund, in Lara’s name, an additional Legal Aid Services attorney in Portland for a minimum of eight years, focusing on areas that Lara cared about the most.  With the help of additional donations from her friends and supporters and some additional work on my part, I am hopeful we can push this to ten years of full funding, which will enable hundreds, if not thousands, of people who cannot afford an attorney to get the legal services they deserve. In the process, this effort will ensure that we build something positive out of her tragic and premature death.”

Donations in Lara’s honor can be made to CEJ on this page. We thank you for honoring her memory and for helping to support domestic violence survivors in Oregon.

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Success Stories


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.

Emily and kids

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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