CHOOSE JUSTICE. INCREASING ACCESS FOR THOSE WITHOUT.
“Our society rests on a bedrock promise that all individuals are equal under the law. To fulfill that promise, people must be able to vindicate their rights through the legal system. Too often, low-income Californians lack resources to stand up for their rights. I work to promote access to justice so that equal justice is a reality, not just a promise, for all Californians.”
– Mark R. Conrad, Assistant United States Attorney, Legal Services Trust Fund Commission Member

Campaign In Action

Campaign in Action

Our Campaign is growing, person by person. If you want to make a difference in the lives of those who need access to justice, please declare your support now so we can add your name to our growing list of Campaign for Justice supporters, and then discover how you can take action.

Thank you to the Episcopal Church for partnering with the Campaign for Justice.

The Campaign for Justice has received unprecedented support from the Episcopal Church. We are delighted to announce that the Rt. Rev. Marc Andrus, Eighth Bishop of California’s Episcopal Church, together with the Chancellor of the Diocese of California, Christopher Hayes, have joined the Campaign. They bring with them an abiding concern that all Californians have equal access to justice – a commitment that reflects the Episcopal Church’s longstanding efforts to raise up the downtrodden and to strengthen the weak.

In a letter personally addressed to Priests and Vicars in over 80 churches in the Diocese, Bishop Andrus stated that, “The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness about the value of justice for each of us, and especially for the voiceless and poor.” He asked that Rectors/Vicars address the need to support and fund legal aid agencies during a Sunday sermon, with follow-up references each Sunday during the campaign period, and in weekly newsletters.

Social justice is a critical social concern to many in faith-based communities. That is why Campaign for Justice supporters reached out to these faith-based communities to ask for help in spreading the cause of justice.

Our huge thanks to the Rt. Rev. Marc Andrus and Chancellor Christopher Hayes, and the Episcopal Church, for recognizing the importance of access to justice and the valuable work done by legal services organizations. Thanks also to Judge Jack Sutro (ret.) who serves on the Legal Services Trust Fund Commission, as an ardent supporter of legal services, he helped us forge this important faith-based Campaign partnership.

Access to justice is a fundamental value in our society. We hope that other affiliations will join us in educating members of their communities the plight of the many underserved people in California who cannot afford to protect their rights and need the help of legal aid organizations. By urging each member of the community to contribute to the justice gap fund, you can help us to bridge the justice gap.

Please join the Campaign for Justice and the Episcopal Church in the joyful work of repairing lives that have been disrupted by the lack of access to justice. Campaign volunteers and staff stand ready to support you with materials, talking points, and samples. We look forward to your organization answering the call to help raise awareness and funds for critical legal aid.

For more information and to find out how you can participate, contact:

Elena Enzweiler
Legal Services Trust Fund Program
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 538-2532
elena.enzweiler@calbar.ca.gov

A Group Effort for #GivingTuesday

The Campaign for Justice would like to thank all of the legal aid programs that participated in #GivingTuesday on December 3, 2013, along with the over 10,000 partners worldwide. #GivingTuesday 2013 was the most successful yet, with an average donation of $142.05, and a nearly 40 percent increase in the number of donations on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. In addition to the flurry of donations, people were also spreading the word like wildfire - #GivingTuesday reached over two billion people on Twitter and 300 million people on Facebook, and over 30 days the #GivingTuesday hastag was used in an average of 11,208 tweets per hour. That's quite the inferno!

Join us for #GivingTuesday this year on December 2, 2014, as we push the cause of access to justice to the top of everyone's donation list in the hopes of bringing cheer to all those without.

Legal Aid #GivingTuesday PartnersInfographic portraying the donations and reach of #GivingTuesday 2013

  • Affordable Housing Advocates
  • Alliance for Children's Rights
  • Bay Area Legal Aid
  • Bet Tzedek Legal Services
  • Disability Rights California
  • Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund
  • East Bay Community Law Center
  • IELLA Legal Aid Project
  • Impact Fund
  • Inner City Law Center
  • Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
  • Mental Health Advocacy Services
  • National Immigration Law Center
  • OneJustice
  • Public Advocates Inc.
  • San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, Inc.

If your organization participated in #GivingTuesday 2013, tell us about your experience so we can encourage other organizations to participate and find new strategies to encourage giving to all legal aid organizations across California.

Get involved in #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday Save the Date: December 3, 2013

The Campaign for Justice invites you to participate in the #GivingTuesday movement and support your local legal aid organization during this national day of giving. #GivingTuesday, now in its second year, seeks to direct the spirit of giving during the holiday season to charities that serve the less fortunate. #GivingTuesday is about celebrating the work of nonprofit organizations and showing your support with an end-of-year contribution. This year, #GivingTuesday falls on December 3rd, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. Last year, over 2,500 partners joined the movement - this year, you can too!

If you are a legal aid organization, become a #GivingTuesday partner by filling out basic information about your organization and completing the template for the #GivingTuesday partner webpage. At minimum, you can pledge to send an email to board members or post about #GivingTuesday on Facebook, celebrating the work of nonprofits. For more information on easy ways you can participate in #GivingTuesday, visit Campaign Tools. Or go beyond and visit the Resources page on the #GivingTuesday website for ideas on how to build a social media movement.

If you are a legal aid supporter, sign up to become a social media ambassador and spread the word about #GivingTuesday online and through social media. Then mark your calendar for December 3 to celebrate the work of your local legal aid with an end-of-year contribution and encourage your friends to do the same.

Let us know if you plan to join the movement! We're happy to help you coordinate efforts and give you some sample language for your partner page and social media outreach!

#ProBono Twitter party to kick off National Pro Bono Week

Public Counsel and the American Bar Association’s Center for Pro Bono are hosting the #ProBonoPitch Twitter Party from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. PST on Monday, October 21, 2013. Join us and chat about the importance and the benefits of pro bono work, where to find pro bono opportunities, and how much time pro bono work takes.

All nonprofit legal organizations, pro bono coordinators, and volunteer attorneys are invited to join. It’s a chance to talk about what your organization is doing to celebrate Pro Bono Week. Just log in to Twitter and use the hashtag #ProBonoPitch to join the conversation.

What: #ProBonoPitch Twitter PartyPro Bono Pitch Logo
When: Monday, October 21, 1:00 – 2:00 PM PST
Hashtag: #ProBonoPitch
Moderator: @publiccounsel
Questions: Email Sandra Madera at smadera@publiccounsel.org

Make your “pitch” about why #probono matters! Ask your social media managers and pro bono supporters to join the conversation too.

A huge THANK YOU to our top large law firms

The Campaign for Justice and Latham & Watkins, LLP recently honored all those who stepped up to help close the justice gap in 2013, increasing access to legal services for those most in need. From large law firms to solo practitioners, this was a record-setting year for our donors. They definitely earned a night to celebrate!

A special thank you to Latham & Watkins for generously hosting the reception so we could acknowledge past participants and kick off the 2014 Justice Gap Fund campaign. You can view the photos from the reception on the Campaign for Justice Facebook page.

The following law firms were recognized for their generous support for the 2013 Justice Gap Fund campaign:

  • Farella, Braun + Martel, LLPThe Justice Gap Fund logo
  • Fenwick & West, LLP
  • Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP
  • Irell & Manella, LLP
  • Kirkland & Ellis, LLP
  • Latham & Watkins, LLP
  • Morrison & Foerster, LLP
  • Munger, Tolles & Olson, LLP
  • Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw, Pittman, LLP
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP

California Legislature declares October Campaign for Justice Month

California Legislature Assembly ResolutionMany of our supporters in the legal industry have demonstrated their support for the Campaign for Justice in the last two years by passing resolutions declaring October as Campaign for Justice Month, as well as their support for increasing access to justice for those without. Now that October has arrived once again, we are proud to announce that members of the California State Assembly, California State Senate, and Los Angeles County Bar Association will be joining the State Bar of California, Judicial Council of California, and 11 other bar associations across the state in “honoring those who work to make justice equally accessible to all.”

California Legislature Senate Resolution

Thank you to Chair of the Assembly Judiciary Committee, Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski, President pro Tempore of the California State Senate Darrell Steinberg, Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Noreen Evans, and the Los Angeles County Bar Association Board of Trustees for supporting those who work tirelessly to ensure that everyone has access to justice, regardless of their ability to pay. We hope you will join us this October in celebrating the pro bono and legal aid attorneys that make justice a reality in the lives of indigent Californians.

For more information on how you can get involved in the Campaign for Justice, visit Take Action Now or email caforjustice@calbar.ca.gov. For a list of events supporting legal aid, visit Activities & Events.

Access to justice is good for business

The California Chamber of Commerce recently demonstrated their support for increasing access to justice for those without, by featuring the Campaign for Justice in their September Action Alert newsletter. Although access to justice may be the last thing on the mind of small business owners, ensuring that employees and their families have access to health care, education, and legal representation when they need it most, means employees have less personal conflicts affecting their work schedule, and are more focused and productive during the workday.California Chamber of Commerce logo

 

To read more about how access to justice benefits our communities, visit Campaign for Justice Key Messages or email caforjustice@calbar.ca.gov

An easy decision can make a huge impact

Did you know that under California Code of Civil Procedure §384, attorneys and judges can designate the Justice Gap Fund as the beneficiary of a cy pres award? Michael A. Gould of Gould & Associates did just that. A recent case of his, In re: Martinez v. AutoZone, involved unpaid class action residuals for which he needed to find a beneficiary. Luckily, CCP §384 states that "funds collected by the State Bar pursuant to this section for these purposes is in the public interest, is a proper use of the funds, and is consistent with essential public and government purposes." By designating the $143,000 in residual funds to the Justice Gap Fund, Michael ensured that, this year, hundreds more Californians will be able to receive the access to the justice they deserve. Thanks, Michael!

For more information on how to designate the Justice Gap Fund as the recipient of cy pres and residual fund awards, visit Cy Pres Awards or email caforjustice@calbar.ca.gov.

Want more? Visit the Campaign for Justice Archive to read more about our past outreach initiatives and fundraising milestones.

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