Essex County Legal Aid Association
Free emergency legal advice to poor residents of Essex County, New Jersey
Our Clients

On this page, we provide aggregated data on the 3,591 people ECLAA helped in 2016.  On the "Real People" page, we tell you a bit more about some of them, since data only tells you part of the story.  An ECLAA attorney helped each client face-to-face and one at a time with his or her household's specific civil law crises.  

Total Number of People Helped in 2016

Clients 1,339
People in Clients' Households 3,591

Type of Legal Work Done

Counsel & Advice 87%
Brief Services   7%
Referral after legal assessment   6%

Types of Cases

Housing 89%
Consumer/Finance   7%
Family   3%
Other (Individual Rights,
Employment, Income
Maintenance, Wills & Estates,
Licenses, etc.)   2%


Client Ages:

19-25      7%
26-35 26%
36-45 25%
46-55 23%
56-65 13%
66-75   4%
75-88   2%

Client Race:
Black 78%
Hispanic 13%
White   8%
Asian/Pacific Islander <1%
Native American <1%

Client Gender:

Female 71%
Male 29%

Where ECLAA Clients Live:

Newark 58%
Irvington 13%
East Orange 12%
Orange   5%
Livingston   3%
Bloomfield   2%
Belleville   2%
Montclair   2%
West Orange   1%
Other Essex County municipalities with less than 1% of ECLAA clients each: Caldwell, Cedar Grove, Glen Ridge, Maplewood, Nutley, S. Orange, Verona

Income Sources of ECLAA's Clients:

Employment 49%
Social Security 13%
Welfare 12%
SSI   8%
Unemployment   6%
Child Support   3%
Other income sources of ECLAA clients: Pension, Veteran's Benefits, Disability, Alimony, Workers Compensation, Black Lung, Other, Unknown

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