Barriers to Justice

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Barriers to Justice   –   A 2018 study measuring the civil legal needs of low-income Oregonians.

The 2018 Civil Legal Needs Study was commissioned to assess the current ability of low-income individuals to access the civil justice system. The study found that our state’s civil justice system is not meeting the needs of Oregon’s poor. When these needs go unmet, the health, safety, and resiliency of individuals, families and entire communities are impacted. Representatives from the Access to Justice Coalition will present the research findings and call the philanthropic community to action. Civil legal aid is a good investment that provides individuals and communities a path to escape the cycle of poverty. Core civil legal services to low-income Oregonians are critical for stabilizing people’s families and lives so they have a chance to reach their full potential. When individuals escape the systemic trap of poverty, they strengthen local communities and benefits multiply.

Speaker Information:

Judith Baker is the Director of the Legal Services Program (LSP) of the Oregon State Bar and the Director of the Oregon Law Foundation. The Oregon Law Foundation distributes IOLTA funds to legal aid and other law related public interest projects. The LSP is responsible for establishing the standards and guidelines for legal services programs and providing oversight of the funded legal services providers in accordance with established evaluation methods.  Judith, a graduate of University of North Dakota Law School, is an officer of the National Association of IOLTA programs and frequently speaks on issues relating to legal services for the poor in Oregon.  She is a 1990 graduate of University of North Dakota Law School

Bill Penn is the Assistant Director of the Legal Services Program of the Oregon State Bar and Assistant Director of the Oregon Law Foundation. Bill serves as the primary coordinator between Oregon’s access to justice coalition and Portland State University which conducted the 2018 Oregon Legal Needs Study. Previously he worked with statewide LSC-funded legal service provide, as the Director of Public Interest Law at Lewis & Clark College and as an attorney in Portland.

Maya Crawford Peacock is the Executive Director of the Campaign for Equal Justice (CEJ), the support organization for Oregon’s legal aid programs. Prior to heading the CEJ, she was the Statewide Pro Bono Manager for Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO), where she coordinated pro bono initiatives for Oregon’s statewide legal services programs. She is a member of the Oregon Women Lawyers Board of Directors and the Chair of the Multnomah Bar Association’s Equality & Diversity Committee. Crawford Peacock got her undergraduate degree at Antioch College and her J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School.

Monica Goracke joined OLC in 2005 as a staff attorney and served as managing attorney of the Portland Regional Office from 2009 until 2018.  She is a graduate of Stanford Law School and Williams College.  During her career, Monica has represented people experiencing homelessness, people with disabilities, immigrants, and other clients in state and federal court and worked with local and state agency staff and elected officials to advocate for policies that improve low-income people’s lives.  As Executive Director, Monica is responsible for leading OLC’s ongoing planning efforts and implementation of its strategic vision, leading partnerships with community organizations and building strong relationships with leaders in the judicial, legislative, and administrative branches of state and federal government;

Date Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Time 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Place United Way Conference Room: 611 SW 11th Ave., Portland, OR 97205
Cost $25/members;$40/nonmembers

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