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Equal Justice Works Blog

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.
June 21, 2017

In 2016, Swapna Reddy served as an Equal Justice Works Fellow at Urban Justice Center. Now, Swapna is expanding her organization, Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project, through a prestigious Echoing Green Fellowship

June 21, 2017

In 2012, Rachel Johnson-Farias served as an Equal Justice Works Fellow at East Bay Community Law Center. Now, Rachel is building her organization, Esq. Apprentice, through a prestigious Echoing Green Fellowship

June 14, 2017

This is a guest blog post from VISTA Affordable Housing Preservation Project (VAHPP) Community Organizer, Amy Tower ('16), of Tenants Union of Washington in Seattle, Washington.

June 14, 2017
My name is Cherai Mills and I am an AmeriCorps VISTA Community Organizer with the Mass Alliance of HUD Tenants (MAHT) in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. I help to organize, train, and provide technical assistance to tenant groups in Eastern and Central Massachusetts living in privately owned, HUD-subsidized multifamily housing, whose contracts expire within the next five years. MAHT’s mission is to “preserve and improve at-risk HUD buildings as permanently affordable housing with a maximum of resident participation, ownership and control.” When an opportunity to engage a new building arises, my fellow VISTA and I work from the ground up by knocking on doors, explaining our mission, and listening to tenants’ concerns. Next, we organize a meeting with tenants to get a broader sense of their issues. It is great when tenants want to take control of the meetings, as that is the ultimate goal. We hope to empower tenants to become educated so that they may voice their concerns, and work through them together with the building’s owner.
June 7, 2017
I joined the AmeriCorps VISTA program to make a difference, give back to my community, and reignite the passion I had lost after years of feeling stuck in an unhappy workplace. There I was, 49 years old, a college graduate with good job skills, ten years into a career field I loved yet frustrated with the environment. So what did I do? I quit! Quitting my job was not a very good decision in today's job market. Still, I forged ahead and immediately put myself back on the job market. It didn't take long for me to realized that a part of me didn't feel grounded enough to commit to another "job." I wanted more than just another job -- I needed a mission!
June 1, 2017
Equal Justice Works today announced the continuation of the Elder Justice AmeriCorps program. This program is the first of its kind to provide high-quality legal services to low-income older adults who have been victims of abuse, neglect, or exploitation.