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"Working in the Elder Justice Program has been eye opening."

March 6, 2017

This is a guest blog post from Elder Justice AmeriCorps Fellow Mara Casseday ('16), of the Legal Aid Justice Center in Richmond, Virginia. 

I always knew I wanted to live a life of public service. After spending ten years in the military, I became a civil rights and then a legal aid paralegal, eventually going on to law school. There I continued doing public interest work, both as a volunteer during the academic year and as a summer associate. The opportunity to join AmeriCorps presented itself shortly after graduation, and I jumped at the chance.

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Equal Justice Works Receives Grant to Launch New Mexico Immigration Corps

January 11, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACTS: Claire Shanley
Claire Shanley, Communications and Marketing Manager
Email: cshanley@equaljusticeworks.org
Phone: 202-466-3686
www.equaljusticeworks.org
 

EQUAL JUSTICE WORKS RECEIVES GRANT TO LAUNCH NEW MEXICO IMMIGRATION CORPS
 

Partnership will provide critical civil legal aid to immigrant communities throughout New Mexico.

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2017– Equal Justice Works has received an $800,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan to launch the New Mexico Immigration Corps, a partnership between Equal Justice Works, New Mexico Immigrant Law Center (NMILC), and University of New Mexico School of Law (UNMSOL).

The program will deploy attorneys and paralegals to provide critically needed civil legal aid to immigrant communities throughout New Mexico from September 2016 through August 2020.

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Equal Justice Works Announces 2016 Fellowship Class

July 6, 2016

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACTS: Claire Shanley
Claire Shanley, Communications and Marketing Manager
Email: cshanley@equaljusticeworks.org
Phone: 202-466-3686
www.equaljusticeworks.org

 

EQUAL JUSTICE WORKS ANNOUNCES 2016 FELLOWSHIP CLASS

Sixty-two recent law school graduates will spend the next two years working to provide legal services to low-income and underserved populations.

Washington, D.C.–Equal Justice Works has announced the 2016 class of Equal Justice Works Fellows. Sixty-two recent law school graduates will spend the next two years working to provide legal services to low-income and underserved populations on issues including immigration, homelessness, education, domestic violence, human trafficking, civil rights, and juvenile justice. This year’s Fellowship competition attracted 337 applicants from law schools across the country.

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Equal Justice Works Receives Two National AmeriCorps Grants Totaling $2.85 million

July 1, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACTS:

Elder Justice AmeriCorps
Taí Merey Alex, Senior Manager, Public Programs
202.466.3686 ext. 141
talex@equaljusticeworks.org

Veterans Legal Corps
Toya Lynch, Senior Manager, Public Programs
202.466.3686 ext. 127
tlynch@equaljusticeworks.org

 

Equal Justice Works Receives Two National AmeriCorps Grants Totaling $2.85 million

Funding will enable AmeriCorps members to provide critical legal support to vulnerable veterans and victims of elder abuse.

Washington, DC, June 30, 2016 – Equal Justice Works has received two AmeriCorps grants from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to support AmeriCorps members who will provide legal representation to thousands of seniors and veterans.

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Appointees Unite for Service Day at the Whitman Walker Health Center

June 23, 2016

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CONTACTS: Annie Hughes
Annie Hughes, Interim Director of Marketing and Communications
Email: ahughes@equaljusticeworks.org
Phone: 202-466-3686
www.equaljusticeworks.org

 

APPOINTEES UNITE FOR SERVICE DAY AT THE WHITMAN WALKER HEALTH CENTER

Washington, DC June 23, 2016–Key Obama Administration appointees from various government agencies gathered today to recognize the exemplary work of AmeriCorps members at the Whitman-Walker Health Center. Attendees learned about Whitman-Walker’s innovative medical-legal partnership—one of the oldest in the nation—that integrates legal and health care services under one roof. The event was hosted by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the agency that administers AmeriCorps, as a part of its ongoing celebration of Pride month.

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Equal Justice Works Awarded Inaugural Elder Justice AmeriCorps Grant

June 15, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACTS: Annie Hughes
Annie Hughes, Interim Director of Marketing and Communications
Email: ahughes@equaljusticeworks.org
Phone: 202-466-3686
www.equaljusticeworks.org

 

EQUAL JUSTICE WORKS AWARDED INAUGURAL ELDER JUSTICE AMERICORPS GRANT

 

Washington, DC June 15th, 2016–The Department of Justice and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) announced the launch of the Elder Justice AmeriCorps, the first program of its kind to provide high quality legal services to low-income older adults who have been victims of abuse, neglect, or exploitation.

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My experiences assisting veterans with PTSD and other mental health conditions

May 30, 2016

This guest blog post was written by 2014 Equal Justice Works Fellow, Tiffany Kelley.

"After my military sexual trauma, I spent 13 years trying to find a way to get the benefits I deserve. I found an article on GQ with contact info for the National Veterans Legal Services Program and decided to give it one last shot. The team has worked thoroughly with me, giving me hope that we can finally rectify this traumatic experience."—Message to Tiffany Kelley from a male survivor

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2016 Equal Justice Works Public Interest Award Winners!

May 18, 2016

Congratulations to the winners of the inaugural 2016 Equal Justice Works Public Interest Awards! 

This year's winners exemplify what it takes to be a public interest law superstar, providing extraordinary service to their communities through pro bono projects, student-run organizations, law school clinics, internships, and more.

The Equal Justice Works Public Interest Awards are presented to current law students of Equal Justice Works member schools who show a demonstrated commitment to public interest law and pro bono work. Special consideration is given to law students who make a lasting impact on their communities.

 

Check out the winners below!

 

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Equal Justice Works Welcomes Sara Morello as Executive Vice President

May 12, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACTS: Annie Hughes
Annie Hughes, Interim Director of Marketing and Communications
Email:
ahughes@equaljusticeworks.org
Phone: 202-466-3686
www.equaljusticeworks.org

 

 

EQUAL JUSTICE WORKS WELCOMES SARA MORELLO AS EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

 

Washington, D.C., May 12th, 2016 – Equal Justice Works is pleased to announce that Sara Morello will be joining the organization’s senior leadership team as its new Executive Vice President, effective July 2016. Ms. Morello has extensive nonprofit management experience working to advance social justice issues in the United States and internationally, and holds an unwavering commitment to Equal Justice Works’ mission of creating a just society by mobilizing the next generation of public interest lawyers.

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Success Story: VISTA Affordable Housing Preservation Project

April 4, 2016

This guest blog post was written by 2015 Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow, Natalie Minev. 

Julia is elderly, disabled, and Mandarin-speaking, with very limited English proficiency.  She has lived at Van Nuys Apartments, a 299-unit project-based Section 8 building in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, for two years.  This diverse building is the home to predominantly elderly, disabled tenants who speak Korean, Chinese, and Spanish.  When Julia first moved in, she was placed in a second-floor unit that was in abysmal condition.  The apartment was located above a generator that regularly heated her apartment to over 100 degrees in the summertime, and directly outside her window was an exhaust pipe that blew toxic gas fumes into her unit all year round.  Because of the heat and toxic fumes, the walls in her apartment were blackened, her houseplants were dying, and she developed serious respiratory problems, allergies, and could not sleep.  Oftentimes, the air quality and temperature in her unit was so intolerable that she would have to sleep in the hallway with a blanket and pillow for multiple nights on end.  She attempted to complain to the property management company, writing multiple letters and reasonable accommodation requests in Chinese on a monthly basis regarding the problems.  The property management company refused to respond to her complaints and on several occasions told her that they would not accept her complaints unless they were written in English.

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