Blog Archives for October 2008

More to be done for Katrina survivors

October 29, 2008 Alumnus Reilly Morse, a former Katrina Legal Fellow, was interviewed in Sunday's Clarion-Ledger. Reilly, who is currently an attorney at the Mississippi Center for Justice, discusses what needs to be done as FEMA assistance fades and working families continue to struggle. Read More

Final regulations released for the College Cost Reduction and Access Act

October 27, 2008

The Department of Education has released the final regulations that govern the Public Service Loan Forgiveness and Income-Based Repayment programs of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act. Although the final regulations are significantly similar to the previously issued proposed rules, there are some important clarifications and changes.

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Harvard Law School Dean Elena Kagan joins Board of Directors

October 27, 2008

Equal Justice Works today announced that Dean Elena Kagan of Harvard Law School will join its Board of Directors.  Since becoming dean in 2003, Dean Kagan has instituted a third-year tuition waiver policy for graduates pledging five years to public interest work; expanded the school’s loan repayment assistance program; provided summer funding for stud

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Pro bono debate: update

October 24, 2008 The Wall Street Journal Law Blog today reports further on the comments made by Judge Jacobs and Dean Chemerinsky, excerpting the Judge's speech to put his comments in context. The Federalist Society has also posted the speech.

Free tuition for students at UC Irvine School of Law

October 22, 2008 The National Law Journal today reported that the University of California, Irvine School of Law will be offering free tuition to students who enroll in the school's first semester - the fall of 2009. UC Irvine School of Law has said the focus of its curriculum will be public interest law. Scholarships for the expected 60-member entering class are estimated at $100,000 each.

The new pro bono debate

October 22, 2008 According to a Wall Street Journal Law Blog report today, the chief judge of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, Dennis Jacobs, ignited a heated debate after his remarks about the "anti-social" and "self-serving" nature of pro bono work. The dean of University of California Irvine School of Law, Erwin Chemerinsky, has come out in defense of pro bono, reinforcing the"tremendous good that lawyers do every day by helping those who cannot afford legal servi Read More

Students make restorative justice work at Northeastern

October 22, 2008 Rebecca Greening, a student at Northeastern University School of Law, represented the Society for Restorative Justice in accepting the Exemplary Public Service Award at the 2008 Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair. Rebecca shares her thoughts on Restorative Justice and winning the award in this guest post.* [caption id="attachment_161" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Rebecca Greening speaks to lawyers, law students and law school professionals at the Awards Luncheon on Oct. Read More

No firm jobs for new lawyers?: Recent grads worry about fewer opportunities

October 21, 2008 According to an article in today's National Law Journal, a "grim verdict" may await law grads.  Next year, nearly 44,000 law students will graduate - and many are scrambling to secure positions at big law firms.  As law firms scale back in response to the financial crisis, law students are worried about their futures. The article says that Career Services at some law schools have been recommending government employment, and that using connections to public interest organizations might be benefic Read More

Ripples of Hope, Currents of Justice

October 20, 2008 Watch this special video tribute to Equal Justice Works Alumni: Ripples of Hope, Currents of Justice featuring Wynona Ward, Christopher Nugent and Tirien Steinbach. It premiered on Thursday at the awards dinner. [youtube=] For more information on the Equal Justice Works Alumni Network, visit

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