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Rankings and law school diversity

March 12, 2010 This is a guest post by Charlene Gomes, Senior Program Manager, Law School Advocacy and Outreach, at Equal Justice Works. Anyone who has worked at a law school would probably describe their relationship with the U.S. Read More

Private Student Loan Companies Influence Congress

March 11, 2010 The private student lending industry has been lobbying hard against President Obama’s plan to end a program in which banks and private lenders profit by making risk-free loans to students.  The Administration wants to broaden the government’s existing direct-lending program, saving billions of dollars that can be used to expand Pell grant scholarships for low-income students. But Wednesday night, Democrats in the Senate predicted that opposition by Senate Democrats in states where private student loan companies are major employers could stall the reform by several months or perhaps prevent th Read More

Economic recovery in Ohio, Michigan & the Gulf Coast

March 9, 2010 Equal Justice Works’ series on economic recovery continues with more from our exclusive interview with Ira Rheingold, Executive Director of the National Association of Consumer Advocates and one of the nation’s leading experts on mortgage lending and consumer finance issues.  In this segment, Ira discusses issues facing Cleveland, Detroit and the Gulf Coast.  He also discusses how renters are affected by the economic crisis and the decline of affordable housing. Read More

On the front lines of poverty in South Dakota

March 8, 2010 Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow Joshua Houy is serving at Access to Justice in Rapid City, South Dakota, an area where a large percentage of people live below the poverty line.  As an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow in Rapid City, South Dakota, I am currently the attorney of record for approximately 10 divorces, 15 custody matte Read More

Economic Recovery in the “Foreclosure Capital” - Detroit

March 5, 2010 This is another post in Equal Justice Works’ series on economic recovery.  This post was written by Marie Bedford, an Equal Justice Works Fellow working at the Legal Aid and Defender Association in Detroit.  Drive through virtually any neighborhood in Detroit and you’ll find vacant house upon vacant house.  Talk to a friend, co-worker, or a stranger on the street, and you’re bound to hear that they Read More

40 Wills in 4 Days

March 5, 2010

Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Program Manager Marty Costello is heading to South Dakota to help with an innovative project to help Native Americans preserve their own land.  &nb

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Can’t pay back your loan? Well, the bank doesn’t really care.

March 4, 2010 Equal Justice Works’ series on economic recovery continues with more from our exclusive interview with Ira Rheingold, Executive Director of the National Association of Consumer Advocates and one of the nation’s leading experts on mortgage lending and consumer finance issues.  In this clip, he discusses how homeownership has changed since our parents’ generation and how bad lending practices have led to disaster. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G93RivYv27I]

Economic recovery in Louisiana, Continued

March 3, 2010 Equal Justice Works’ series on economic recovery continues with this post written by Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Fellow Amanda Furst, who is serving at Southeast Louisiana Legal Services.   At the intersect of medicine & law In the midst of health care reform, it is unusual to hear “law” and “medicine” positively connected. Read More

Spring Break Opportunities for Law Students

March 2, 2010 The following is a guest post by Jessica Meller, Recovery Program Assistant with Equal Justice Works' AmeriCorps Program.  Equal Justice Works is continually striving to create more public interest opportunities for law students who are looking to hone their legal skills. This year we are increasing the number of opportunities available to law students by collaborating with Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Fellows on alternative spring break projects. Read More

Economic Recovery in Washington, DC

March 2, 2010 Equal Justice Works’ series on economic recovery continues with this post from Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Fellow Jen Ngai who is serving at the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia. Since beginning her fellowship this past October, Jen Ngai has worked in the consumer protections unit helping to prevent foreclosures and keep families in their homes. Many of Jen’s clients are from vulnerable populations, making them easy targets for predatory loan or truth in lending scams. Read More
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