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December 4, 2017
On Friday, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce announced that the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program would be functionally eliminated under the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act of 1965. Established in 2007, PSLF allows borrowers to earn forgiveness on eligible Federal Direct Loans after both working full-time in a qualifying public service position and also completing ten years of on-time monthly loan payments. The HEA reauthorization proposed by Congress eliminates the loans and payment plans that qualify for PSLF, and as a result, essentially ends this vital program for our public servants.
November 20, 2017
Equal Justice Works is currently recruiting nonprofit legal organizations in New York to serve as host sites for its New York State Family Security Project (NYSFSP). Supported by the New York State Commission on National and Community Service (CNCS) and two foundation allies, Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Ford Foundation, the NYSFSP will focus on fostering family security and community education through the delivery of high-quality legal services to underserved and/or low-income immigrant families.
September 20, 2017
For the past four years, I have had the privilege of serving low-wage immigrant communities while learning from the immigration advocates at California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation. My experiences as an AmeriCorps member in rural Texas, a volunteer law student, an Equal Justice Works Fellow, and now an Immigration Staff Attorney in rural California, have all reaffirmed my commitment to serving immigrants in geographically isolated communities. In light of recent announcements about the future of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), I have compiled the following overview of the federal program.
September 8, 2017
From 2015 to 2017, Equal Justice Works has supported Fellows providing high quality, high-volume legal services to immigrants seeking relief through DACA. Here are a few of the many incredible stories of DACA recipients who have gained legal protection to go to college and support their families, as told by the Fellows who assisted them.
July 27, 2017
Equal Justice Works, the leading nonprofit organization committed to mobilizing the next generation of public interest lawyers, today announced the newest members of its National Advisory Committee.
July 25, 2017
Equal Justice Works, the leading nonprofit organization committed to mobilizing the next generation of public interest attorneys, today announced the selection of four legal Fellows, sponsored by The Florida Bar Foundation. These four Fellows, along with the nonprofit legal organizations that will host them, will respond to the overwhelming demand for legal representation and community economic development services in Florida.
June 28, 2017
Equal Justice Works, the leading nonprofit organization committed to mobilizing the next generation of public interest lawyers, today announced the opening of its 2018 Fellowship application period, which will run from June 28 through September 27, 2017.
June 22, 2017
Equal Justice Works, the leading nonprofit organization committed to mobilizing the next generation of public interest attorneys, today announced that Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. has been named to the organization’s board of directors. Mr. Verrilli, a Partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, is the former Solicitor General of the United States, serving under President Obama from 2011–2016.