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January 2014 Bar Bulletin

King County Law Firms Give Record $557,000 to Support Equal Justice

By Joel Feldman

 

We have heard for years that low-income individuals and families have faced their legal problems alone, without the help of a lawyer. It's a sad reality of our current economic climate mixed with the expense and complexity of our legal system.

Lawyers know about these realities and want to do more to make the system more equitable for everyone. One way to address the problem is the King County Law Firm Campaign for Equal Justice (KCLF C4EJ), which provides funding for 23 civil legal aid providers in Washington.

This year, in a shortened campaign, King County law firms have stepped up in record numbers, giving at levels even higher than before the Great Recession. This year's record-breaking campaign has raised more than $550,000, smashing the previous record high campaign of $535,000 back in 2011.

In 2013, 115 King County law firms contributed $553,040. Sixteen firms gave at the Champions of Justice level, making a pledge of $250 per attorney. Twenty firms increased their donations, accounting for a $37,065 increase. Another promising statistic from this year's campaign is the addition of 24 new law firm gifts, which added another $28,840.

A big thank you goes out the volunteer campaigners made up of board members from the LAW Fund, King County Bar Foundation and other legal aid providers. Kathleen Petrich, secretary of the King County Bar Foundation, says, "Thanks to the generosity of our local law firms, our legal safety net providers will be able to help prevent homelessness, help survivors of domestic violence move forward with their lives, and help countless individuals obtain and keep their benefits."

If your firm has not yet given to this year's campaign, there is still time. Please contact Naria Santa Lucia at LAW Fund (naria@c4ej.org) to make your gift.

 

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