ECLAA = free legal help on civil law crises for low-income Essex County NJ residents
We are grateful to two foundations with a longstanding commitment to assuring that poverty is not an impenetrable barrier to accessing the civil justice system in Essex County.
The Legal Services Foundation of Essex County donated $75,000 to ECLAA in 2017, and the IOLTA Fund of the Bar of New Jersey donated $37,500. Both have recommitted the same amounts to ECLAA in 2018.
Both have provided a baseline of support for many years. IOLTA funds for ECLAA have dropped dramatically from $110,800 in 2009 to $37,500. The IOLTA funding drop is due to the fact that IOLTA's sole source of revenue is interest earned on lawyer trust accounts -- and interest rates have been at record-setting long-term lows for about a decade. Low interest rates have been a boon to many sectors of the economy, but they have posed challenges to legal services organizations like ECLAA.
We received donations from both law firms and individual attorneys.
A total of 38 law firms donated $29,750.
A total of 6 ECLAA board members, all attorneys in Essex County, donated $2,375.
A total of 10 more
attorneys donated $1,298.
Our thanks to those not in the legal profession who donated to ECLAA in 2017.
Two New Jersey corporations donated a total of $10,500.
Twenty-one people who are not attorneys donated a total of $6,150.
ECLAA received a total of $638.41 from three different corporate matching programs.
To receive a full list of ECLAA donors in 2017, please contact Bob Adler at firstname.lastname@example.org.