Delaware’s three nonprofit civil legal aid agencies, Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. (CLASI), Delaware Volunteer Legal Services (DVLS), and Legal Services Corporation of Delaware (LSCD) provide essential, life altering, and community preserving legal assistance to the most vulnerable among us. This year is an exciting year for each agency, as we celebrate 75 years of legal services in Delaware with the anniversary of CLASI’s founding, 40 years of DVLS, and 25 years of LSCD. The nobility of the work these three organizations do each day is unmatched.
The Combined Campaign for Justice (CCJ) raises money for each of these three nonprofits and represents the embodiment of “the Delaware Way” – lawyers and non-lawyers recognizing the critical importance of providing equal access to justice to low income and vulnerable Delawareans and rallying together to support Delaware’s three nonprofit civil legal aid agencies. Funds raised by CCJ represent 15% of the combined operating budgets of these agencies enabling them to serve another 1,000 people who would otherwise have gone unrepresented in matters that are critical to their safety, health, and well-being.
Due to the economic and health crises caused by COVID-19, legal aid is more vital than ever in the frontline defense against issues related to unemployment, housing, public benefits, and domestic violence. Legal aid can help keep people stable, housed, and secure. Together, we can make a powerful difference in helping our neighbors and community members through this crisis. If you are in a position to contribute now, that would help immensely as the agencies prepare for an expected unprecedented increase in demand over the course of this year. On behalf of myself and the entire CCJ leadership team, we thank you for helping us narrow the justice gap in Delaware and congratulations to our three agencies on their prominent anniversaries!
William M. Lafferty, Esq.
Morris Nichols Arsht & Tunnell