Blog Archives for December 2008

Happy New Year from Equal Justice Works

December 31, 2008 Here are some of our resolutions for the new year at Equal Justice Works.  Share your resolutions with us by leaving a comment below. Have a safe and happy New Year! -Aaron holiday_web1

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Pro bono efforts on the rise

December 31, 2008 As reported in this post in August, the economic downturn may mean an increase in pro bono.  As lawyers face layoffs and firms see a cutback in work, it may mean that more associates are able to spend time helping those who need it most. According to ALB Legal News, pro bono is becoming increasingly popular as a way for lawyers to Read More

Two-year student aid stimulus package?

December 16, 2008 The Project on Student Debt and 12 other national organizations sent a letter to Congressional leaders proposing a two-year student aid stimulus package to promote college participation for students at all income levels while limiting student debt. Read More

Legal aid in a new administration

December 12, 2008 The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law has released transition materials for the Obama administration, including Restoring Legal Aid for the Poor and End the Harmful Restrictions on Legal Aid. Materials also include recommended public defense reforms and a call to ensure successful reintegration after incarceration. Read More

The aftermath of Hurricane Ike

December 11, 2008 Recently, Martin Costello and Cole McMahon of the Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps team visited Houston. Here's a blog entry they put together about their trip. Hurricanes and the aftermath of these natural disasters have become all too familiar to communities across the United States in recent years. The most recent example is the devastation caused by Hurricane Ike. On September 13, 2008, Hurricane Ike made landfall on the east coast of Texas at Baytown. Read More

New podcast series: Student debt relief

December 10, 2008 Equal Justice Works and American University's Washington College of Law have teamed up to launch an all-new podcast: The Student Debt Relief Series.  The first episode, "How to Figure Out if You Benefit from the College Cost Reduction & Access Act - and How Much?" is available now. Listen to the episode (below) or visit the main page to stream, download or subscribe to the series. Read More

New administration may be more receptive to legal ideas & policy

December 9, 2008

The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) was founded seven years ago to provide a counterbalance to the conservative influence of the Federalist Society.  Under the new Obama administration, the legal ideas and social policy of the ACS are

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LSC grants help legal aid lawyers pay school loans

December 8, 2008 The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) began the second three-year cycle of its Pilot Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP), bringing much needed assistance to civil legal aid lawyers.

Civil legal aid lawyers earn median entry-level salaries around $40,000 a year, according to NALP’s recent study.  LSC’s Pilot LRAP will provide 42 civil legal aid attorneys in 22 LSC-funded programs $5,600 a year for three years to help repay their law school loans.

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University of Colorado Law to expand experiential learning

December 5, 2008 A recent $5 million endowment will help strengthen and develop the University of Colorado at Boulder Law School's clinical offerings. Students participate in clinics to gain real-world experience by helping clients who couldn't otherwise afford legal representation. Read More

Data on using cell phones while driving is withheld

December 5, 2008 The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been accused of witholding information regarding the dangers of talking on a cell phone while driving. Read More

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