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March 7, 2017

This is a guest blog post from VISTA Affordable Housing Preservation Project (VAHPP) Fellow Tatyana Manning ('16), of Legal Services of Greater Miami in Miami, Florida.

The AmeriCorps VISTA Affordable Housing Preservation Project (VAHPP) dispatches attorneys and tenant organizers to help save low-income, project-based Section 8 housing from losing their contracts. My job, more specifically, is to enter properties with poor living conditions and notices of non-renewal. I organize the tenants and help them increase capacity by providing them with team-building skills and legal support. I inherited two tenant associations from a prior VAHPP Fellow, and started another on my own. I also preserved an entire building, and organized a lawsuit against a property within the first six months of my Fellowship. Needless to say, I am learning a lot. It was purely by chance that I ended up in Miami, serving at Legal Services of Greater Miami, for AmeriCorps VISTA. I applied knowing I could end up in any of five states, but Miami called and I came running. I applied to serve with VAHPP, a program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and AmeriCorps. At the time, I knew nothing about housing, but helping the underserved community was something that I had always been passionate about. It didn’t matter what area of law, as long as I was helping people.

March 6, 2017

This is a guest blog post from Elder Justice AmeriCorps Fellow Rachael Delehanty ('16), of Alaska Legal Services Corporation in Fairbanks, Alaska. 

As an AmeriCorps Elder Justice Legal Fellow at Alaska Legal Services Corporation (ALSC), I am one of 25 Fellows throughout the U.S. who take on abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation cases for adults aged 60 and older.

At just ten years old, I knew I wanted to become an attorney: to grow up, learn about the law, and use that knowledge to help others less fortunate than myself. I became an AmeriCorps member to use my law degree to help low-income people. I wanted to give a voice to people whose voices usually go unheard. 

When I took the job in Fairbanks, it was with full knowledge that there was no elder legal program. Not only was the Elder Justice program new to AmeriCorps, it was also new to Alaska. However, my co-workers at ALSC and especially my supervisor, Melony Lockwood, were so welcoming and very helpful in getting this native Californian acquainted with Fairbanks. The first two months working at ALSC, I spent the majority of my time driving all over Fairbanks and the surrounding villages, introducing myself to senior service providers, the local police, adult protective services, and any other organization that had a connection with elders. During this time I also gave presentations about the Elder Justice grant, and the kinds of cases I could take on.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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!