Who we are.

If you are poor and live in Essex County NJ, the people at ECLAA are committed to providing you with free emergency legal advice related to civil matters -- like landlord/tenant issues, consumer matters, etc. 

Founded in 1906, the Essex County Legal Aid Association is here to assure that poverty is not an impenetrable barrier to civil justice.

How can we provide free legal advice and/or representation to more than 1,000 clients each year?  We need support from foundations, law firms, individuals, etc.  

Our two major 2018 supporters are the Legal Services Foundation of Essex County ($75,000 grant) and the IOLTA Fund of the Bar of New Jersey ($37,500 grant). Based on its declining revenue sources, the IOLTA funding of ECLAA and other nonprofit legal services organizations has shrunk dramatically over the past eight years. 

ECLAA needs your help in closing a fiscal year 2018 funding gap of $52,000 by December 31, 2018. Our annual operating budget to serve clients Monday through Friday each week is $163,330 in 2018.     


Please look at some of our clients' cases by clicking on the "About our clients" section of this site.  These are specific examples of who we help and what our support means to them. 

And please use our "Make a donation" page to support the work we do.  Thank you.  


Working with me to help clients are three experienced attorneys as well as our client service/intake person.


Debra Cannella

Ingrid Enriquez

Yvette Gibbons (executive director)

Gladys Moriarty


Maria R


Robert M. Adler


We are grateful to these board members of our 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  Their passionate commitment to ECLAA's mission is appreciated.  Please join them in supporting ECLAA -- by clicking on the "Make a donation" tab.  

Robert M. Rich, Esq.

Board President

Steven D. Fleissig, Esq.


Greenberg Traurig LLP

Board Treasurer

Hon. Ned M. Rosenberg, J.S.C. (Ret.)

Of Counsel

Trenk, DiPasquale, Della Fera & Sodono, P.C

Board Secretary

Hon. James S. Rothschild, Jr.  J.S.C. (Ret.)

Of Counsel

Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP

Board Member

Michael J. Thompson, Esq.

Member of the Firm

Epstein Becker Green PC 

Board Member

Maureen Winograd

Exec Director, ECBA (retired)

Secretary, LSF 

Trustee Emerita  

David Goodman


National Publisher Services LLC 

Trustee Emeritus  

If you would like to nominate someone to serve on the ECLAA board who can help ensure that we get the financial support needed to cover current operations or perhaps even broaden our services based on additional funding, please contact our fundraising/development director Bob Adler at radler@eclaanj.org or at (908) 672-0738.