More than 80 percent of the civil legal problems reported by low-income Americans in 2017 received inadequate or no legal help, according to the Legal Services Corporation’s annual Justice Gap report. Many of these individuals found that private counsel was unaffordable and that free legal aid was out of reach, and were left to navigate complex legal proceedings alone as a result.
Equal Justice Works believes that everyone should have equal access to justice, not just those who can afford legal representation. Our generous donors include from law firms, corporations, foundations, government grants, and individuals who help facilitate opportunities for passionate public interest leaders to serve individuals of all backgrounds. These leaders share a singular vision: to fulfill our nation’s promise of equal justice for all. We rely on your support to make this vision a reality.
- Annual Dinner
Each fall, Equal Justice Works hosts a dinner for friends and supporters from all corners of the legal community to join together and celebrate a lawyer whose life and accomplishments demonstrate extraordinary dedication to achieving equal justice for individuals and communities in need.
Our Annual Dinner has become one of the largest fundraising dinners in Washington, D.C., with funds raised going to support our work.
Learn more about our Annual Dinner.
- Annual Fund
A powerful source of unrestricted funding, the Equal Justice Works Annual Fund helps cover operating expenses and fund the opportunities we facilitate for law students, lawyers, and community advocates to serve communities and causes in need. More than 80 percent of the contributions we receive go directly to supporting our programs.
- Cy Pres Awards
Designating Equal Justice Works as a class action cy pres recipient provides key support to our organization. Our Design Your Own Fellowship program was launched by a cy pres award and we have received over 8 million from cy pres awards. Cy pres awards are residual funds from class action cases that are unclaimed or cannot be distributed to the class members. These funds can be awarded to a nonprofit organization whose work indirectly benefits the class members. Equal Justice Works welcomes cy pres awards, which it uses to fund Fellowship projects that address the issues related to the underlying litigation of that case.
- Planned Giving
With a planned gift to Equal Justice Works, you can ensure that your commitment to equal justice is carried forward by passionate public interest leaders. Planned giving opportunities include bequests in a will or trust or within an estate plan and charitable gift annuities.
Each year, Equal Justice Works receives applications from hundreds of public interest lawyers who have designed innovative two-year projects in conjunction with a legal services organization to serve the most critical needs of their communities. Work with Equal Justice Works to help launch the career of these lawyers. Sponsorship of a Fellow goes beyond just financial support—sponsors have the opportunity to interview candidates whose projects align with a specific policy, issue, or community of importance to the sponsor.