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.
Equal Justice Works Blog
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
EQUAL JUSTICE WORKS ANNOUNCES 2017 CLASS OF FELLOWS
· The class of 2017 is the largest class of Equal Justice Works Fellows since the program was launched 25 years ago in 1992.
· Surge among recent law graduates interested in pursuing public interest law careers.
· Seventy-seven public interest law Fellows will work for two years across the United States to serve communities including veterans, immigrants, people with disabilities, and refugee children.
Washington, D.C., May 23, 2017 – Equal Justice Works today named its 2017 class of Equal Justice Works Fellows. Seventy-seven recent law school graduates, the largest class of Equal Justice Works Fellows ever, will launch their public interest law careers through this two-year Fellowship.
EQUAL JUSTICE WORKS WELCOMES KRISTEN UHLER-MCKEOWN AND SARAH LACKRITZ TO SENIOR LEADERSHIP TEAM
- Kristen Uhler-McKeown to serve as Director of Public Programs, leading all publicly-funded legal positions created by Equal Justice Works
- Sarah Lackritz to serve as Director of Marketing and Communications, responsible for further building the Equal Justice Works brand nationwide
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 10, 2017– Equal Justice Works, a nonprofit organization committed to mobilizing the next generation of public interest attorneys, today announced that Kristen Uhler-McKeown and Sarah Lackritz have joined the organization’s leadership team. Ms. Uhler-McKeown will serve as the Director of Public Programs, and Ms. Lackritz will serve as Director of Marketing and Communications, with both reporting to Sara Morello, Executive Vice President.
The President’s budget proposal eliminates funding for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), which supports AmeriCorps, and the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), which funds legal aid. Legal representation is critical to ensure the fairness of the judicial system. These proposed cuts will result in millions of Americans losing access to housing, education, and other basic necessities that are essential to their health and well-being.
This is a guest blog post from justice AmeriCorps Fellow Charity Ramsey ('15), of Kids in Need of Defense in Seattle, Washington.
My name is Charity Ramsey, and I am an AmeriCorps member serving at Kids in Need of Defense in Seattle, through the justice AmeriCorps program. AmeriCorps has facilitated my dream job. I became an attorney because I care deeply about social justice issues and wanted to do something about things like trafficking, genocide, and domestic violence. I wanted to be equipped to stand up as a voice for those who do not have a voice, for the oppressed and the downtrodden, for those with educational and language barriers keeping them from standing up for their rights, oftentimes at the cost of their lives. Because of justice AmeriCorps, I get to do just that—stand up for voiceless children in our immigration system.
This is a guest blog post from justice AmeriCorps Fellow Stephanie Lubert ('15), of HIAS Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
There were many uncertainties in my life after graduating from college, but one thing was very clear – I wanted to better my community by assisting those most vulnerable. I chose to participate in a year of service with an AmeriCorps affiliated program, and during this time working with immigrants and refugees in Houston, Texas, I decided to continue on a path of service and advocacy. I went to law school with the goal of dedicating my career to legal aid. After graduation I once again turned to AmeriCorps, and in April 2015 joined HIAS Pennsylvania as an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow. I am now entering my third year as an AmeriCorps Fellow, and I’m beyond grateful that AmeriCorps has provided me with the opportunity to work in a field I love, and to advocate for the most vulnerable in the community.
This is a guest blog post from Disaster Legal Corps Fellow Yoona Lim ('16), of New York Legal Assistance Group in New York, New York.
I am an AmeriCorps Fellow in New York City with the New York Legal Assistance Group, working for their Storm Response Unit. This unit tackles a wide range of disaster-related legal issues such as administrative FEMA and state recovery program appeals and hearings, flood insurance claims and reexaminations, foreclosure prevention, and consumer issues. I spend my workdays conducting case consultations, providing direct representation, and engaging in education and outreach in order to holistically serve clients.