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Equal Justice Works Blog

October 20, 2008

Caroline Hsu, a 2L at Fordham Law School, was this year's recipient of the Equal Justice Works Exemplary Public Service Award.  She spoke at the Equal Justice Works awards dinner on Thursday, conveying her passion for public interest work. Here is a guest blog post from Caroline about her work.*

October 13, 2008
The October 2008 edition of the National Jurist has ranked law schools by how much financial aid they provide to students. The rankings were compiled based on grants and scholarships versus tuition. According to the magazine, the top five are:
  1. Thomas M.
October 13, 2008
Robert Ambrogi of Law Technology News describes some of his favorite legal podcasts in a recent article, including "Law and Disorder" and podcasts by the ABA. We are exploring opportunities to produce a podcast on debt relief for law students and graduates. Stay tuned.
October 10, 2008
The Connecticut Supreme Court today ruled that same-sex marriage is legal in the state of Connecticut and that “the state had failed to provide sufficient justification for excluding same-sex couples from the institution of marriage.” This is even more significant because today Shannon Minter, lead counsel for the California marriage equality case, addressed law students, lawyers and law school professionals at the Equal Justice Works Conference & Career F
October 10, 2008
We're glad to have this guest post* by Rob P., a law student at William & Mary who is attending the 2008 Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair.

Like many other law students, this weekend I will head to the Equal Justice Works Career Fair in Washington D.C., hoping to get a job offer from a fantastic organization. Although many of my friends' job searches are drawing to a close, as law firms make their offers to future summer associates, my quest to find public interest work is likely to last a while longer.

October 9, 2008
An article in today's MetroWeekly describes the path to legal and personal victory for the lead counsel of the California marriage equality case, Shannon Minter, and the struggles the coalition still faces regarding Proposition 8. If passed, the ballot proposition would eliminate the recently-won right of same-sex couples to marry. Currently, opponents of Prop. 8 are behind in fundraising. They have raised $14 million and supporters of the marriage ban have raised $18 million.
October 7, 2008
As we reported earlier today, there have been significant changes to the U.S. citizenship test. Read more about it on CNN.com and see if you could pass the test with this quiz.
October 7, 2008

With the Migration Policy Institute, Equal Justice Works Alumna Laureen Laglagaron has co-authored a report on the redesigned citizenship test called “High Stakes, More Meaning: An Overview of the Process of Redesigning the US Citizenship Test.” According to the report, “the most significant change to the naturalization test is the new civics portion.” The civics questions cover more, such as geography, First Amendment freedoms, and the rule of law.

October 3, 2008
In the Oct. 6 edition of the National Law Journal, Karen Sloan reports that the "Wall Street meltdown could affect law students nearing graduation." But experts say that the government-backed loans usually taken out by law students are still stable.  Private loans, however, are another story.
October 2, 2008
Idealist.org's Amy Potthast reports on The New Service blog about Equal Justice Works programs, including AmeriCorps, Summer Corps and Equal Justice Works Fellowships.