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Chesapeake Legal Alliance Inc

Lawyers for the Bay

aka Chesapeake Legal Alliance   |   ANNAPOLIS, MD   |  http://www.chesapeakelegal.org

Mission

To apply the power of the law to protect and restore clean water and promote healthy, resilient ecosystems for communities across the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Ruling year info

2009

Executive Director

David Reed

Main address

106 Ridgely Avenue

ANNAPOLIS, MD 21401 USA

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Formerly known as

Chesapeake Legal Alliance Inc

EIN

26-4349757

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

CLA is the ONLY regional organization solely dedicated to providing free legal services to protect the Chesapeake Bay watershed. We are a trusted source for innovative legal strategies to solve the Bays most complex problems. Our clients include individuals, community groups and environmental advocates working to protect the Bays lands, waters and communities. CLA also works with local, state, and federal regulators seeking unique solutions to Chesapeake Bay protection and restoration. Chesapeake Legal Alliance staff and volunteer attorneys are some of the most experienced attorneys in their fields, with backgrounds in land and water pollution, environmental permits, enforcement & compliance, hazardous land cleanup, contracts, public health, and corporate and non-profit management. These issues are a brief overview of the types of cases that CLA handles when brought to us by Watershed community members.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Legal Services

CLA is the only organization in the watershed solely dedicated to providing free legal services to citizens, community groups, local governments, and environmental advocates working to protect the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers, streams, and communities.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

1% For the Planet 2016

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of pro bono hours contributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Legal Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

With a network of over 320 lawyers and experts with whom we place cases, our pro-bono network translated to $7.09 million dollars worth of free legal services in 2023, up from $5.18 million in 2022.

Number of clients placed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Legal Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number of legal matters handled by our staff and volunteer network of attorneys.

Number of Educational Products

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The educational products, trainings, and resources we provide focus on effectively using the law to promote clean water and healthy communities throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

With a mission of applying the power of the law to protect and restore clean water and promote healthy, resilient ecosystems for communities across the Chesapeake Bay watershed, CLA's vision is of enduring protection for the Chesapeake Bay watershed to achieve healthy ecosystems, sustainable land use, and clean water for all.

CLA staff attorneys, together with a network of volunteer attorneys, provide the following services:
1) Direct client counseling, case development, and representation in local, state and federal matters.
2) Legal education and training on how to use the law to achieve Chesapeake Bay protection and restoration.
3) Strategic policy counseling and innovative legal analyses of issues that arise in the course of the protection and restoration of the watershed.

The Chesapeake Legal Alliance has identified the following Strategic Approaches, which are designed to increase CLAs ability to achieve its mission to apply the power of the law to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay Watershed:

1) Provide High-Quality Pro Bono Legal Services by representing clients in judicial and administrative matters, developing innovative legal solutions, and converting strategic legal and data-driven research into action.

2) Provide High Quality Legal Information and Education. This includes:
- Developing and presenting informational, educational, and practical training programs, workshops, and materials;
- Facilitating and promoting dialogue and collaborative strategic actions among stakeholders, including coalition building;
- Serving as a neutral facilitator; providing information to local, state, and federal governments as they develop strategies to protect the Bay and monitor and review government programs and initiatives;
- Providing legal and other internships and fellowship opportunities to develop the environmental leaders of tomorrow; and
- Providing outreach and communications that are accessible to all our constituents, from our network attorneys to community members across the Bay watershed.

3) Prioritize Matters of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) in our Environmental Justice work. To achieve this, CLA will:
- Support community-led initiatives that improve environmental outcomes in communities disproportionately burdened by pollution;
- Identify and seek to work with community leaders and partners in disproportionately impacted communities;
- Identify and research specific environmental concerns and needs of identified communities;
- Assist clients and partners with matters within the CLA mission that seek to: Address specific environmental justice concerns & Challenge policies or actions that result in, or may result in, disproportionate environmental burdens; and
- Seek opportunities to perform outreach and training, participate in conferences, and develop workshops and panels

4) Advocate for Effective Consideration of Climate Impacts and Solutions

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Chesapeake Legal Alliance Inc

Board of directors
as of 04/24/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Russell Stevenson

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/18/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/10/2023

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.