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Welcome to Memphis Area Legal Services, Inc.’s Website
A Case For Your Support!
Memphis Area Legal Services, Inc. (MALS) entered its fifth decade with the same commitment and determination that inspired 30 members of the legal profession in the wake of Dr. Martin Luther King’s death to coalesce around a shared vision to establish an organization whose single purpose was to provide means by which the legal problems of the poor could be addressed.
Today, MALS continues that tradition of "excellence in legal advocacy," as a non-profit law firm geared to provide the highest quality legal assistance possible to the most vulnerable residents of our community.
Even with a dedicated staff, it cannot meet the overwhelming need today because the "justice gap" is widening exacerbated by the economic woes of our time. As the recent national census reveal, more than 57 million individuals live at or below the poverty line, representing an increase of 14 million since the 2000 census.
Your support for the 2013 Campaign is more crucial today than ever before for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), MALS’ largest funder (41%), is facing a new threat in the 2014 federal budgeting and appropriation processes. Should the trend of fewer federal dollars available to support legal assistance to those in need continue, MALS will not be able to even provide the level of services already reduced from about one-third of those seeking our assistance and eligible to currently 27 %. While MALS is completely aware of the economics of the times, but notwithstanding, should this community not support legal services to the most vulnerable members of our community – individuals with limited income, largely women and children, the elderly, and the disabled, it will mean the difference in having food , shelter, income and living in a safe and healthy environment.
What can you do? Simply, volunteer your time willingly and generously contribute $325.00 minimally, or just give what you are able to give to the 2013 Campaign for Equal Justice.
Again, welcome to our website and thank you! We hope you find it informative and leave with a better understanding of the various activities and important services we provide our community.
CAMPAIGN FOR EQUAL JUSTICE
The annual Campaign For Equal Justice provides funds for Memphis Area Legal Services, Inc. (MALS). The legal community supports this vital fundraising effort as do area corporations, foundations, and concerned citizens.
Click here to donate online:
Or mail Contributions to:
MALS Campaign For Equal Justice
109 N. Main, Suite 200
Memphis, TN 38103
Honor Roll Category Definitions
Donors to the 2013 Campaign For Equal Justice will be recognized by the following category designations in the annual Honor Roll advertisement and during the Law Week reception sponsored by the Memphis Bar Association:
Visionaries – Contributions of $25,000 or more.
Difference Makers – Law firms of 2 or more attorneys contributing $325 or more per lawyer (a minimum donation of $1000.00 is required).
Barristers – Contributions from $24,999 - $10,000
Advocates – Contributions from $9,999 - $5,000
Guardians – Contributions from $4,999 - $1,000
Leaders – Contributions from $999 - $400
Supporters – Contributions from $399 - $150
Friends – Contributions of $149 and below
Gray Knights – Senior Attorneys – ($100 minimum contribution)
Click here to view donors to the 2012 Campaign For Equal Justice.
Financial contributions made to Memphis Area Legal Services, Inc. are tax-deductible in accordance with Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code.
For more information about the Campaign, contact Linda W. Seely, Director of Pro Bono Services and the Campaign for Equal Justice, or Harrison McIver, Executive Director/CEO.
2013 Campaign For Equal Justice Campaign Chairs
Larry Crawford, Esq. - Campaign Chair
Shea Wellford, Esq. - Vice Chair
2013 Campaign Cabinet Members
John Golwen, Jonathan C. Hancock, and Shea Wellford - Large Firms Chairs
Justin Ross, and Sarah Norton - Corporate Co-Chairs
Frank S. Cantrell and Harris P. Quinn - Small/Medium/Solo Firms Co-Chairs
Dean DeCandia, Barbalette Davis, and Harrison D. McIver, III - Government Co-Chairs
Allen T. Malone - Gray Knights Chair
Amber Shaw - Rural Chair
Kathy May and Norma Lester - Community Outreach Co-Chairs
Nicole Grida and Jennifer Sutch - Young Lawyers Co-Chairs
Daniel Schaffzin and Linda Black - University of Memphis Law School Faculty Co-Chairs
Carolan Deutch - University of Memphis Law School Student Chair
Jonathan C. Hancock - Board of Directors, President
Harrison D. McIver, III - Executive Director/CEO
Rita L. Gibson - Director of Development
Linda Warren Seely - Director of Pro Bono Projects/CEJ