Blog Archives for April 2012

Student Loan Ranger: Declining Investment in Higher Education Hurts Students

April 26, 2012
 
Last week, Rep. Virginia Foxx expressed her lack of tolerance for people with student loans. Having worked her way through school without borrowing a dime, Foxx believes there is no reason students should have large amounts of student debt.
 
The Student Loan Ranger knows not everyone understands why most students today must borrow, so we'd like to share some information that may help.

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Different Paths in Public Service

April 24, 2012
 
This post originally appeared on The University of Michigan's Career Center website. View the original post here. 
 
Career opportunities in public service are varied and growing and there are many paths you can take to get the public service job of your dreams.

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Equal Justice Works Celebrates Earth Day

April 23, 2012

Yesterday, April 22, was Earth Day.  Founded on April 22, 1970, by then-Senator Gaylord Nelson (WI), Earth Day is thought of as the birth of the modern-day environmental movement.  The very first Earth Day was a nation-wide demonstration, with rallies from coast to coast advocating for environmental awareness.  Earth Day 1970 was a moment when people from all walks of life came together: Democrats and Republicans, city dwellers and farmers all joined to support the movement.  This national movement prompted the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts.  Since then, countless organizations have sprung up around the world, all working to support a healthier planet.

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Two Years After the BP Oil Spill

April 20, 2012

Friday April 20, 2012 marks the two-year anniversary of the BP Oil Disaster. While national attention has moved on to other matters, and despite what BP’s media campaign might have you believe, the Gulf is not back. Small businesses are open for business and Gulf residents are willing to work, but the environmental and financial impact of the Spill continues to linger. Fishermen report that their catch is not what it used to be, if they are able to catch anything at all. And although BP recently settled the lawsuit against it, that news is little consolation to individuals who, under financial hardship, waived their rights against BP in exchange for a lowball offer from the Gulf Coast Claims Facility. Two years on, too many residents of the Gulf are still dealing with the negative effects of the BP Oil Spill, and closure is still years away.

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Student Loan Ranger: Lack of Information Can Be Devastating to Student Loan Borrowers

April 19, 2012

Last week, we wrote about the proposed Know Before You Owe Act of 2012. This week, we want to emphasize its importance by sharing some real-life consequences that can result when borrowers don't have vital information before they sign on the dotted line. 

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Myths and Realities of Pursuing Public Interest Careers

April 17, 2012

Nita Mazumder is a Program Manager of Law School Relations at Equal Justice Works.  She is recently authored a blog for the University of Michigan’s Career Center blog and has tailored that post to address the myths and realities associated with public interest law careers.

There an often misconceptions associated with pursuing a career in public interest such as economic hardships and limited opportunities.  Yet many of the perceptions associated with public interest are flat out wrong.  Below we try to debunk some myths about public interest careers and relay some realities about the profession, both positive and negative, which you may not be aware of.

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Private Student Loans Examined in New Senate Legislation

April 12, 2012

On March 29, Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) introduced the Know Before You Owe Act of 2012. The senators wrote the legislation in order address the fact that, as Durbin's press release states, "two-thirds of private student loan borrowers were not aware of the dramatic difference between federal student loans and risky, higher-interest, private student loans" and "[i]n many instances students have not applied for federal aid before they apply for private student loans or have not exhausted their federal aid options."

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Negotiating with the Department of Education – Part III

April 10, 2012

This is the final post in a three-part series of blog posts detailing the happenings of the Student Loan Negotiating Rulemaking hosted by the U.S. Department of Education to create proposed regulations to govern student aid availability, repayment, forgiveness and relief.  Equal Justice Works is proud to be included in these negotiations to shape policies for educational debt relief for students and share highlights from the final week-long session held in March. Find Part I here and Part II here.

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Student Loan Ranger: Looming Student Debt Crisis Hits the Senate

April 5, 2012

On March 20, your Student Loan Ranger attended "The Looming Student Debt Crisis: Providing Fairness For Struggling Students," a Judiciary Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts hearing. (You can watch a video of the hearing, and we'll give a prize to the first person who sends us a frame showing the Student Loan Ranger in the audience!)

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Why Become a Summer Corps Member?

April 3, 2012

This is a guest post by Meagan Mirtenbaum, Assistant City Solicitor in the Child Welfare Unit of the City of Philadelphia Law Department. Meagan is on the Board of Directors of Equal Justice Works and a former participant in the Summer Corps Program.

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