EQUAL ACCESS TO JUSTICE INC

Funding Justice for All

aka EAJ   |   Albuquerque, NM   |  https://www.eaj-nm.org

Mission

Equal Access to Justice helps meet critical legal needs of many New Mexicans by providing financial support to civil legal aid programs in the state. For over 30 years, Equal Access to Justice has been increasing access to justice by providing unrestricted, noncompetitive funds to civil legal service providers. The end result is more families staying in their homes, more children receiving the education they deserve, more seniors and veterans accessing medical benefits, and more workers’ rights being protected.

Ruling year info

1996

Executive Director

Heather Norfleet

Main address

PO Box 25941

Albuquerque, NM 87125 USA

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EIN

85-0437183

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (I12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (R12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (P12)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Civil legal assistance and advocacy can remove economic barriers to meeting basic human needs for people living in poverty and promote financial and family stability. Unfortunately, due to the lack of funding from federal, state, and private sources, 80% of people seeking legal aid are turned away each year in New Mexico. Without essential legal representation and advocacy, the things we all value most – our rights, freedom, homes, livelihoods, and families – go unprotected.

Our programs

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

Annual Campaign

Equal Access to Justice (www.eaj-nm.org) raises funds through an annual fundraising campaign to help fund three of NM's largest legal aid providers: New Mexico Legal Aid, DNA-People's Legal Services, and New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty. Contributions are received primarily from the legal community. The three organizations are funded through unrestricted, noncompetitive grants.
* New Mexico Legal Aid provides statewide civil legal services and is the voice, defender and advocate for poor people who are seeking justice in all forums, particularly in the communities in which they live.
* The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty advances economic and social justice through education, advocacy, and litigation.
* DNA People’s Legal Services (DNA) provides access to justice to those who are low income and vulnerable by providing high quality legal services and education while respecting tribal sovereignty and cultural traditions.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Equal Access to Justice participates in the NM Access to Justice Commission in its efforts to expand and improve civil legal assistance in the state.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member 2022

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Equal Access to Justice aims to ensure safety and security for all, not just those who can afford it.

We accomplish this through providing unrestricted, noncompetitive funds to three civil legal aid and advocacy organizations that meet critical legal needs of New Mexicans: New Mexico Legal Aid, NM Center on Law & Poverty, and DNA-People's Legal Services. Contributions are received primarily from New Mexico attorneys and law firms.

Equal Access to Justice has a strong history of generous contributions from many of NM's largest law firms as well as loyal individual donors. The organization's volunteer board leadership are well-respected in the legal field and its Executive Director highly regarded in the fundraising community. Additionally, the collaborative nature of the relationship among the providers is a strong asset to our success.

Equal Access to Justice has supported civil legal aid services and advocacy with millions of dollars in unrestricted grants over its 30+ year history. We hope to continue providing critical support in the future, possibly in closer collaboration with other funding entities.

Financials

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EQUAL ACCESS TO JUSTICE INC

Board of directors
as of 07/29/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

President Susan G. Chappell

Susan G. Chappell, attorney

Term: 2012 -

Charles 'Kip' Purcell

Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin & Robb, PA

Bruce Cottrell

Los Alamos National Laboratories

Rodolfo Sanchez

DNA-People's Legal Services

Susan Bisong

Modrall Sperling

Dan Akenhead

Miller Stratvert

Sireesha Manne

NM Center on Law & Poverty

M. Kilgore

Cuddy & McCarthy

Lewis Creekmore

New Mexico Legal Aid

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/26/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/01/2021

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.