Campaign for Equal Justice is hosting a “Beer and Justice” fundraiser from 50 to 7 p.m. on July 18 at the Harmon Tap Room Beer Garden to support civil legal aid for low-income families in Pierce County.
Pierce County Superior Court Judge Helen Whitener will talk about the importance of civil legal aid for low-income families and how attorneys volunteering their time can help low-income people with civil legal problems. Tacoma Pro Bono Managing Attorney Andrea Saunders will discuss her organization’s work and tell a story of how legal assistance helped one of her clients with a life-changing civil legal problem. Tom Vertetis, Managing Partner of Tacoma’s Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala law firm and board member of the Campaign for Equal Justice, will make closing remarks about the importance of funding civil legal aid. Eric Gilman, an attorney with Gordon Thomas Honeywell and board member of the Campaign for Equal Justice and Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Foundation, will lead the program as the event’s Master of Ceremonies.
Civil legal services help immigrants facing asylum, women fleeing domestic violence, people facing wrongful evictions or terminations, and veterans, seniors, or people with a disability access benefits. If someone cannot afford an attorney in a criminal case, our Constitution mandates one is provided to them. But in civil cases, there is no constitutional requirement for legal assistance.
Proceeds from the event benefit the Campaign for Equal Justice, the annual fundraising program of the Legal Foundation of Washington, which funds civil legal aid for families in poverty in Pierce County and statewide. Last year, the Legal Foundation made grants to more than 30 nonprofit legal aid providers in our state and helped 31,000 families resolve civil legal issues.