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The Truth About Loan Forgiveness, Cancellation and Discharge

January 19, 2016

*This article was originally published on the Equal Justice Works Huffington Post blog.

It's not a myth!

Every student loan borrower has to repay their debt, even if they are unable to find a job after graduating or didn't graduate at all. However, some repayment options can lead to your federal student loans being forgiven, canceled, or discharged.

Aside from the good old-fashioned method of paying off your student debt completely, here are the different ways you can say goodbye to student loans:

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Now Accepting Applications for the 2016 Equal Justice Works Public Interest Awards

January 13, 2016

This year, the Equal Justice Works National Advisory Committee is presenting awards to law students at Equal Justice Works member schools in eight regions who have a demonstrated commitment to public interest law and pro bono work.

The 2016 Equal Justice Works Public Interest Awards seek to identify and honor law students who have provided extraordinary service through clinics, volunteer work, internships, extracurricular projects, and more.

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David Stern Advocates for Public Service Loan Forgiveness in Response to New York Times Editorial

November 4, 2015

Equal Justice Works has joined the debate surrounding the "Law School Debt Crisis" Op-Ed in the New York Times on October 25th. Executive Director David Stern's response to the article was published on the Times' website on Monday.

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Rosenwald: Coming Soon to a Theatre Near You

August 21, 2015

It is with great pride that I invite you to check out a recently released documentary movie about my great grandfather, Julius Rosenwald.  If I may be so immodest, it is an inspiring story about the power of bold philanthropy.  I appear in the film, but I assure you that should not be the reason you should see the film. 

The movie was inspired by Julian Bond who gave a speech about Rosenwald’s philanthropy.  Julian is prominently featured in the film, which is particularly precious given that he passed away this past weekend.  Aviva Kempner, the filmmaker, has dedicated the film to Julian. 

Below is a brief summary of the film:

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KPMG and Alaina Varvaloucas (’14) Team Up to Enable Foster Youth

August 21, 2015

This is a guest blog post from Equal Justice Works Fellow Alaina Varvaloucas, sponsored by KPMG and Sidley Austin. Alaina is a Fellow at Lawyers for Children in New York City. Her project focuses on child custody matters involving domestic violence issues.

Once an adolescent in foster care in New York reaches age 21, or “ages out,” he or she is expected to live independently. These young adults face all of the challenges of adult life— housing, healthcare, employment, education, and food stability—but frequently without targeted services to help them make that transition or the economic and social support that other teenagers might receive. Without strong educational support, vocational training, access to adult mentors, and proper permanency planning, they risk discharge to unstable living arrangements and an uncertain future of homelessness, economic instability, or even incarceration. Financial planning skills, such as how to earn, save, spend and budget are crucial.

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EQUAL JUSTICE WORKS WELCOMES TIM WIERZBICKI AS CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

July 20, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACTS: Annie Hughes

Annie Hughes, Interim Director of Marketing and Communicatio

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Special Report: The Justice Gap

July 1, 2015

Don't miss American Lawyer's thought-provoking read on the state of legal aid funding in America.  Equal Justice Works Executive Director David Stern is quoted in this special report.

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EQUAL JUSTICE WORKS ANNOUNCES 2015 FELLOWSHIP CLASS

June 24, 2015

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACTS: Annie Hughes

 

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Virginia Corrigan (’13) Leads Successful Record Sealing Clinic for Contra Costa Youth

April 6, 2015

This is a guest blog post from Equal Justice Works’ Senior Manager of Pro Bono, Mia Sussman.

A colorful mural painted by students outside of the RYSE Youth Center in Richmond, Calif. includes inspirational phrases such as “youth leadership” and “justice equality.” Young people in this community face various challenges, including convictions that may threaten future employment and other opportunities. On February 25, young people with criminal records came to RYSE, a center that builds youth power and leadership for diverse Contra Costa youth ages 13–21, in order to obtain assistance in getting their juvenile records sealed. 

The juvenile record sealing clinic was organized by 2013 Equal Justice Works Fellow Virginia Corrigan as part of her Equal Justice Works Fellowship. Virginia is spending her two-year Fellowship at the Youth Law Center in San Francisco, providing direct civil representation to incarcerated youth in Contra Costa County to protect their rights to education and health care. Virginia is also developing policy to ensure that California respects incarcerated youths’ civil rights.

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Fellow Friday: Bobby Borrelle (’13) Interrogates Race, Disability, and Discipline Practices to Ensure Equal Access to Education

April 3, 2015

This guest blog post was written by 2013 Equal Justice Works Fellow Robert (Bobby) J. Borrelle, Jr. He shares with us startling statistics about the roles of disability and race in the School-to-Prison Pipeline, and how he works to ensure that students in the Bay Area have access to quality education regardless of race or ability. Read about his innovative work, including the exciting and groundbreaking interim settlement agreement that he helped achieve along with colleagues at his host organization, the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF).

Disability is rarely a topic in the national School-to-Prison Pipeline conversation. But the latest data from the U.S. Department of Education suggests that we cannot break the Pipeline without a disability lens. Students with disabilities are more than twice as likely to receive an out-of-school suspension (13 percent) than students without disabilities (6 percent). Students with disabilities represent a quarter of all students involved in a school-related arrest, even though they comprise just 12 percent of the overall student population.

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