Legal Services, Inc., is a non-profit organization created to provide quality
legal representation and advocacy to low-income individuals. We seek to empower
low-income individuals to access the judicial system so they will achieve the
greatest possible measure of substantive procedural, social and economic
South Jersey Legal Services, Inc. (SJLS) was created in 2003 as the merger between Camden Regional Legal Services and Cape-Atlantic Legal Services, two programs each with a rich 35-year history of creative and zealous advocacy on behalf of the poor.
SJLS receives funds from federal, state, and local government sources, including the federal Legal Services Corporation, several county United Way agencies, and other public and private grantors.
With a current staff of 45, SJLS occupies offices in the seven counties we serve. Prior to deep federal and state funding cuts and plummeting IOLTA revenues, SJLS employed 114 employees.
Of the 1.8 million residents residing in he SJLS service area, 25% live below 200% of the federal poverty level. This includes three of New Jersey’s poorest counties—Cumberland, Atlantic, and Salem—and Camden City, where 64.5% of the population lives below 200% of the federal poverty level.
Prior to funding cuts and staff reductions, SJLS attorneys handled approximately 10,000 cases each year. In 2012, however, SJLS staff completed 5,790 cases. Of those, 36% of SJLS’s closed cases were housing matters, 20% public benefits cases, 19% consumer cases, 8% family matters, and the balance ranged from employment matters to education cases to health law issues.
Getting Legal Assistance
For legal assistance, please call 1-800-496-4570 between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm or contact one of our offices.