Thank you for helping low-income families receive legal aid!
Spring 2016 | Issue 1


Welcome to our first issue of The Brief, our new bi-monthly newsletter to keep you updated on what’s happening in civil legal aid from our perspective at the Legal Foundation of Washington. Nationally, civil legal aid is making headlines with Microsoft announcing a $1 million investment in legal aid services and The Chronicle of Philanthropy recently urging philanthropists and foundations to add civil legal aid funding to their investment strategies to help advance education, economic security, and housing – all causes central to fairness and prosperity in our nation. Philanthropists, take note!  Our 2016 Campaign for Equal Justice is up and running, raising funds to fuel our network of 23 legal aid providers, and we are happy to announce the recent hiring of veteran fundraiser Natalia Fior to lead the effort as Annual Campaign Director. Learn about Natalia here. We just finished our annual Equal Justice Coalition (civil legal aid’s lobbying arm) trip to DC, led by Chair Sal Mungia, to educate our congressional delegation about the growing need for legal aid in Washington and to advocate for increased federal funding for legal aid for low-income families and individuals.

We’d love your feedback – let us know what you’d like to see here. 
Caitlin Davis 
Executive Director
Melinda Mann
Chief Development Officer

Help us break cycles

of poverty for low-income families

Thanks to legal aid, this family renegotiated their mortgage and avoided foreclosure so they can stay in their home!
Pre-schedule your GiveBIG donation today or give on May 3!

Matching Pool:  All new gifts of $100 or more will be matched up to $10,000 thanks to an anonymous Campaign for Equal Justice donor!

Profile from a New Donor: Why I Give

“The Campaign for Equal Justice raised my awareness of the challenges low-income people face from seemingly mundane – but devastating – legal issues. Legal issues that typically don’t affect people with money. I’m sorry to admit, until attending the Goldmark Lunch, I didn’t know about many of these challenges. To give value to the rule of law, we must ensure everyone has equal access to justice, and this means equal opportunity through representation when navigating our complex legal system. I’ve always tried to be a champion of the rule of law and supporting the Campaign for Equal Justice is a way for me to step up.” 

Margaret Niles Partner, K & L Gates

Grantee Spotlight: 
TeamChild partners with Tacoma-Pierce County VLS to Change Lives

"Alice" grew up with a lot of conflict at home and was convicted of assault against a parent before being placed in foster care. After exiting foster care at 18, Alice decided to live alone. TeamChild helped secure critical short-term benefits, but Alice’s goal was to get a job and support herself independently.
After graduating from high school and enrolling in a certified nursing assistant program, she was denied externship learning opportunities due to a juvenile charge remaining on her record. Discouraged and worried about her future, Alice reached out to TeamChild for additional assistance. TeamChild succeeded in waiving Alice’s legal financial obligations and sealed her juvenile record. Alice is now free to focus on school and develop employment skills to secure the full time job she’s been working towards.

TeamChild partnered with Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services Program to start a juvenile record sealing clinic to make sure young adults like Alice have every opportunity to keep their lives on track. The clinic has been operating since October 2015.

Welcome New Campaign Board Members

We are thrilled to announce additions to the Campaign for Equal Justice Board:

Mila Boyd, Mila Boyd Law Offices, Vancouver
Pamela DeRusha, US Attorney’s Office, Spokane
Larry Jefferson, Office of Assigned Counsel, Olympia

Whatcom County Wins the Rainier Cup

In 2015, 42% of Whatcom County lawyers donated to the Campaign for Equal Justice! To earn the Rainier Cup, a county bar association must have the highest percentage of members donating to the Campaign.
This beautiful cup will live in Whatcom County at the LAW Advocates office as a tribute and reminder of their strong support for the Campaign for Equal Justice. Will Whatcom keep the cup in 2016 or will another county swoop in to claim it?
  • Run for Justice Tacoma May 1
  • GiveBIG May 3
  • Beer & Justice Bellingham June 23
  • Beer & Justice South Snohomish County June 29
  • Beer & Justice Yakima September 13
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