Blog Archives for June 2010

Helping Those Who Served

June 30, 2010 This is a follow-up to our Veterans in Crisis post. In 2010, thanks to funding from the Corporation for National and Community Services, Equal Justice Works is placing 9 AmeriCorps Legal Fellows across the county to serve veterans who are homeless or facing homelessness. Read More

Veterans in Crisis

June 29, 2010 There are currently 22.4 million veterans in the United States, a figure which represents 10% of the nation’s adult population.  After having courageously served their country, thousands of veterans are now living in poverty, facing homelessness, and in desperate need of help. The economic crisis has had a disproportionate effect on veterans, especially those who have recently returned home and those who have been homeless for years.  The National Alliance to End Homelessness reported the rate of homelessness for veterans is more than twice the rate of the general population. Read More

Hardworking Homeowners Also Losing Homes

June 28, 2010 This is a guest post by Florence Yu , an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow serving at the Asian Pacific American Legal Center in Los Angeles. Read More

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

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