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The “Right Stuff” for Landing a Public Interest Legal Job

June 25, 2010

This is a guest post by Charlene Gomes, Senior Program Manager,Law School and Advocacy Outreach, at Equal Justice Works. With jobs in law firms harder to come by, and deferred associates f

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The Equal Justice Works Experience

June 18, 2010 This is a guest post written by Phoenicia Williams, a law student at the Appalachian School of Law, who for the six weeks has been an intern at Equal Justice Works. Public Interest law is interesting and relevant in my life.  Serving as a summer intern at Equal Justice Works gave me an opportunity to explore the law and some issues affecting my own life within Public Interest. I am a proud native of West Philadelphia.  I have the honor of being from the neighborhood that produced the likes of Patti LaBelle, Cecil B. Read More

On the Job Tips for Public Interest Lawyers

June 15, 2010 This is a guest post written by Ericka Hines, Program Manager, Training and Evaluation at Equal Justice Works. In October, Equal Justice Works will be hosting our annual Conference and Career Fair and Fellows Leadership Training.  Over the last 6 years of hosting these events, I have often been asked what are ways to get a job. Rarely do I get asked, “How do I approach my job?”  How you approach your job can really influence your mindset for the first few weeks or months in a position. Read More

Wynona Ward-Road Warrior, Protecting the Powerless

June 8, 2010 Equal Justice Works Alum and CNN Hero nominee, Wynona Ward, recently stopped by the Equal Justice Works’ office to talk to us about her organization, Have Justice Will Travel (HJWT), how the economic down turn has impacted her efforts, and how she plans to face challenges in the upcoming year. Wynona Ward, affectionately called the Road Warrior by some, had a unique path to public interest law. Wynona grew up with an abusive father. Read More

Equal Justice Works Welcomes Class of 2010 Fellows

June 7, 2010 The Equal Justice Works Fellowship program is the largest postgraduate legal fellowship program in the country. Equal Justice Works Fellows provide legal services in low income and underserved communities on a range of issue areas including homelessness prevention, immigration, criminal defense and educational rights. In May, Equal Justice Works announced the new 2010 class of Equal Justice Works Fellows, consisting of 43 lawyers, who will begin their innovative legal projects in September. Read More

Loan Repayment Assistance for State & Local Prosecutors and Defenders

June 4, 2010 My journey to becoming a professional student debt expert included years of travel on the road of high student debt and low public service salaries while representing indigent defendants on North Carolina’s death row.   As a criminal lawyer, I am delighted to announce that the newest student debt relief program is for us – prosecutors and defenders struggling to manage their educational debt burden. The John R. Read More

New LRAP Benefits for Civil Legal Assistance Attorneys: Deadline August 16, 2010

June 2, 2010 Good news!   I am pleased to introduce a new Civil Legal Assistance Attorney Student Loan Repayment Program (CLAAP), complete with amusing acronym.   Five million dollars is now available for distribution to qualified civil legal assistance attorneys with federal student loan debt. The Department of Education will commit these funds to eligible civil legal assistance attorneys on a first-come, first-served basis.  Applications are expected to be due by August 16, 2010 and the proposed application Read More

Elderly Hard Hit by the Mortgage Crisis

May 27, 2010 The following post is a continuation of our Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Recovery Fellows-Recovery Across America updates. At the peak of the mortgage crisis many of those hardest hit were the elderly.  Quite often these clients found themselves dealing with increasingly excessive adjustable rate mortgages (ARMs) while also grappling with a limited income. Read More

2010 Summer Corps Members Announced

May 25, 2010 Equal Justice Works is excited to announce our 2010 Summer Corps members. With a record of 1,536 applications this year, the selection process was extremely competitive. This year's 577 Summer Corps members represent 153 Equal Justice Works law schools and are serving in 45 states plus the District of Columbia. Accepted members can be seen listed by state with their host organization on the Equal Justice Works “2010 Summer Corps by law school” page. Read More

State Courts Responding to Call for Indigent Defense Reform

May 24, 2010 On May 6 the New York Times reported that the New York Court of Appeals ruled that a class action suit highlighting deficiencies in the New York State public defense system can progress to trial or settlement.  In filing the suit, the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) and the law firm of Shulte Roth & Zabel challenged New York State’s failure to provide adequate public defense services, arguing that the 6th Amendment right to meaningful and effecti Read More
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