Our Story

The legal system tends to favor the privileged, while the powerless are unable to afford representation, or get tripped up by technicalities. Although law is intended to facilitate justice, too often the law works in opposition to justice. True justice is about fairness, protecting the wider community from abuse by those with privilege.

When Spokane attorney Jim Sheehan received an unexpected inheritance, he saw his opportunity to even the odds and founded the Center for Justice. Growing from its beginnings in legal services for those who cannot afford an attorney, the Center gradually expanded and now serves clients across a broad spectrum of practice areas. Since its beginning, the Center has played an instrumental role in several high profile civil cases such as the 2006 fatal beating of Otto Zehm by Spokane Police officers. The resolution to that case changed police policy in Spokane, and is a hallmark of the Center’s impact litigation work.