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Equal Justice Works Blog

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.
May 23, 2017




·         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.

April 10, 2017


CONTACT: Sarah Lackritz
Director of Marketing and Communications
Phone: 202-466-3686



- 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.

March 17, 2017

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. 

March 9, 2017

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.

March 9, 2017

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.