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Gospel Justice Initiative

Elgin, United States
Joined September 2017

Gospel Justice Initiative (gji.org) focuses on the lack of equal access to justice in the United States by training lawyers and a support team to provide holistic legal aid ministry.



Presence in: Honduras, United States
Focus: Access to Information, Generalist Legal Services

Gospel Justice Initiative equips teams of volunteer attorneys and support teams to establish legal aid ministry centers across the country.  Located in businesses, libraries, service agencies and churches these community centers holistically address the needs of vulnerable neighbors.

Centers are either existing organizations wishing to affiliate for expanding network and access to more lawyers, members wanting use of a database system, training, coaching and networking, or chapters operating fully under our national umbrella.

Affiliates pay $495/year, Members pay $1,900/year and Chapters pay nothing.  Each chapter is covered under our 501(c)(3) and insurance.  Each receives an online database, website, banner, supplies, training, travel to another operating center for orientation, and travel to our national conference in June in Chicago (restore117.com).  Chapters are sustained by small administrative fees charged to clients to provide them dignity and buy-in.

The goal of all centers is restorative justice.  This requires addressing individual needs and systemic challenges.  Nationally we advocate for reforming systems that contribute to oppression or inhibit access to justice.

People Associated With This Organization

Bruce Strom

United States  
Gospel Justice Initiative
Joined September 2017
Interests: Access to Information, Generalist Legal Services
I am an author, speaker and CEO of Gospel Justice Initiative an organization committed to bringing the hope of the gospel and the help of a lawyer to neighbors in need. I am a lawyer and help equip lawyers and others to provide legal aid and access to justice for low-income neighbors.

After graduating from the University of Illinois College of Law I built a large and successful muti-office law practice. But I began recognizing too many people could not afford my services (1 in 3). I believed the U.S. had the best justice system on earth but we fail when that system is not affordable or accessible (65th in the World). In America lawyers make up less than one-half of one percent of population but we control 100% of the access to justice and yet only 32% of lawyers volunteer any hours.

I wrote the book Gospel Justice (gospeljusticebook.com) and started Administer Justice and Gospel Justice Initiative to change that story.
Bruce Strom is the network champion (main point of contact) for Gospel Justice Initiative.

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