Our incorporation mission:

· to research, explore, evaluate, pursue and create new resources, which are not dependent on federal and state budgets, for providing more financial support to nonprofit 501(c)(3) legal  service organizations;

· to educate the public at local, state and national levels about the work being done by, and the purpose of legal service organizations; and 

· to work with and encourage legal  service organizations to reduce administrative costs and maximize use of their financial resources to ensure availability of more attorneys, paralegals and support staff needed to fulfill their mission of providing direct legal services to low income residents of their communities.                                             


Why we formed:

        The need to raise funds to support the work of legal service organizations became critically clear in 2010 and 2011 when funding was drastically cut for many such public interest organizations throughout the United States. 

         For example, a 33% cut in state funding in the State of New Jersey in 2010 resulted in layoffs of about 1/3 of the attorneys, paralegals and support staff statewide. In 2011, yet another deep cut was imposed with more layoffs being made. 

         Funding cuts have significantly reduced the ability of  legal service organizations to serve the ever increasing numbers of low income residents in their communities who would be eligible for assistance, but cannot access them due to a lack of staff and resources to provide the needed representation.

         Something different needs to be done about funding the important public interest work of legal service organizations and we hope to do it with your help!


Working to ensure that the most disadvantaged residents of our communities will have access to the “tools”

needed to balance

the scales of





Walter A. Norris, Esq.      



(Vice President, 2010-2012)


Catherine R. Chmielewski




Brenda L. Rascher, Esq

Vice President/Secretary



Past Officer/Board Members


Deana L. Walsh, Esq.

President, 2010-2012           

Text Box: Tools For Justice, Inc.
 ~a nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation~

Want to support our mission?



             Please send a tax deductible donation directly to us.  Make your check or money order payable to and mail it to:


                                                    Tools For Justice, Inc.

                                                    P.O. Box 302

                                                    Port Norris, NJ 08349



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Questions or comments?   


            Please feel free to contact us by email at:




             Or email one of our board members directly: 


Our President at  wnorris@tools-for-justice.org

Our Vice President at cchmielewski@tools-for-justice.org 

Our Secretary/Treasurer at brascher@tools-for-justice.org


              You may also contact us by mail at:      Tools For Justice, Inc.

                                                                                   P.O. Box 302

                                                                                   Port Norris, NJ 08349




	We would like to note that the true case stories are collected from legal service attorneys from across the country through our partnership with the National Organization of  Legal Service Workers (NOLSW), UAW Local 2320, which is an amalgamated union serving the needs of many attorneys, paralegals and support staff employed with nonprofit 501(c)(3) legal service organizations throughout the United States.  Without this partnership, it would be incredibly difficult to reach out to and get all the true case stories from legal service workers throughout the United States.  We thank them for believing in this project and the mission of Tools For Justice, Inc. as well as for all their support.  For more information about NOLSW, go to www.nolsw.org.  
for  visiting our site and especially for your interest and support!
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To promote equal access to justice in civil courts by supporting nonprofit legal service organizations.