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Equal Justice Council

What is the EJC?  The Equal Justice Council (EJC), formed in 1997 by Maryland private attorneys, is composed of civic-minded leaders in the legal and business community who lend their time, expertise, and counsel to Maryland Legal Aid in a variety of areas.  Its primary goal is to promote equal access to justice by increasing and diversifying Maryland Legal Aid’s resources, financial and otherwise, and serving as advocates and ambassadors on behalf of Maryland Legal Aid.

Throughout Maryland Legal Aid’s history, funding from governmental sources has never adequately met the demand for services.  The EJC’s fundraising approach, therefore, focuses on securing funding from the private bar and business community.  In addition to making personal contributions to Maryland Legal Aid, members of the EJC also obtain annual contributions from their respective firms and other significant entities within their communities.  Members also work to increase pro bono involvement, participate in fundraising activities and educational programs and cultivate relationships with foundations and corporations on Maryland Legal Aid’s behalf.  EJC members also serve as hosts for recruitment events, including an annual recognition breakfast, which always features a prominent keynote speaker, and a Managing Partners’ breakfast aimed at leaders of the legal community.

The co-chairs of EJC are Martin Himeles, Jr., Esq. of Zuckerman Spaeder LLP and Lee Ogburn of Kramon & Graham, P.A. Along with their EJC colleagues, they develop and implement the overall volunteer fundraising effort, including the recruitment of EJC members statewide, and forge relationships with both government and private funding entities.  The co-chairs of the Law Firm Campaign are Jessica duHoffmann, Esq. of Miles & Stockbridge, P.C.; Andrew Freeman of Brown, Goldstein & Levy LLP; and Paul Nussbaum of Whiteford Taylor & Preston. These leaders oversee the annual giving campaign focusing on area law firms.

Maryland Legal Aid’s Resource Development Unit works closely with the EJC to provide administrative and informational support to increase contributions to the organization.  For more details about the EJC or to become a member, contact Asha Sampat at (410) 951-7719 or email hidden; JavaScript is required