Blog Archives for November 2008

More on IOLTA

November 26, 2008

In the previous post, we reported that the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) has moved to insure Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts (IOLTA) under the Temporary Liquidity Guarantee Program (TLGP). In a time of dropping interest rates, nonprofit law firms and legal aid programs are already facing budget shortfalls due to IOLTA cuts.  This decision preserves IOLTA as a funding mechanism for these organizations.

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FDIC covers IOLTA funds

November 25, 2008 As reported in this post, the American Bar Association and various allies called for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Read More

Veena Iyer 'pays it forward'

November 25, 2008 Equal Justice Works Alumna Veena Iyer uses her Harvard education and her experience as an Equal Justice Works Fellow to provide representation in immigration, family and housing law.  Veena was determined to pursue public interest work and sought financial assistance and guidance to make her work possible. Read More

Retroactive enforcement of Proposition 8?

November 21, 2008 The Supreme Court of California will decide on whether Proposition 8 is constitutional, but what about same-sex couples who already tied the knot?  Equal Justice Works Alumnus Shannon Minter says couples who married before November 5 are legally married until the court decides otherwise.  Anyone running into problems should contact the National Center for Lesbian Rights or other groups working on this issue. Listen to the audio: KCBS Doug Stevens r Read More

Your path to public service

November 19, 2008 Amy Potthast, author of The New Service blog, on Monday offered tips and advice to those considering enlisting in a service "corps" program such as Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps. Among recommended considerations are "what is my motivation"; "what expectations do I have"; and financial needs and obligations. Read the post here: http://thenewservice.wordpress.com/2008/11/17/choosing-a-service-corps-questions-to-ask/

Bob Shireman joins education transition team

November 17, 2008

Good news for all of us concerned about student debt! According to Inside Higher Ed, President-elect Obama has chosen an experienced advisor with a long history of support for student loan reforms, Bob Shireman, for his education transition team. Bob Shireman is committed to expanding educational opportunity while protecting family financial security.

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ABA calls for protecting IOLTA funds

November 13, 2008

The following is a guest post from Cole McMahon, Senior Program Manager for the Public Interest Law Opportunities unit. The views of guest bloggers do not necessarily reflect the views of Equal Justice Works.

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Public defenders sue to limit workload

November 13, 2008 From this weekend's New York Times: Citing workload, public lawyers reject new cases. Watch the video accompanying this article - "The Thin Line of Defense" - for a look inside one lawyer's struggle to help clients as his workload becomes overwhelming. In at least seven states, public defenders' offices have refused or have sued to limit new cases. Read More

Letter to President-elect Barack Obama

November 12, 2008

The Project on Student Debt sent President-elect Obama a letter congratulating him on his victory and urging him to focus on college affordability, including reducing the burden of student debt.  Equal Justice Works joins in calling upon President Obama and his new Department of Education to make every effort to inform borrowers about Income-Based Repayment and Public Service Loan Forgiveness under the College Cost Reduction and Access Act.  Public Service Loan Forgiveness will only be effective in its goal to encourage public service when participants have reliable and ti

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