Blog Archives for December 2012

Report Reveals Issues With Private Student Loan Servicers

December 27, 2012

Earlier this year, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued its report, "Read More

Loan Repayment Plans Make Public Interest Careers Feasible

December 20, 2012

Your Student Loan Ranger read with concern Staci Zaretsky's article, " Read More

Equal Justice Works' 12 Days of Public Service

December 18, 2012

In the holiday spirit, the staff at Equal Justice Works has developed a variation of the Twelve Days of Christmas that we are calling “The Twelve Days of Public Service”. We hope you will sing along! 

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Fellow Fridays: 2010 Equal Justice Works Fellow Mike Becher

December 14, 2012

Equal Justice Works alumnus Mike Becher found his love for the environment and activism as a Biology and Geology major in college. As an undergraduate, he did not imagine that his passions would lead him to become an attorney at the Appalachian Mountain Advocates. Before entering law school, Mike moved to West Virginia and became the Director of the Stream Partners Program where he worked to help improve the water quality for communities. During his time with the Stream Partners Program, Mike was introduced to habitat degradation and the negative effects of coal mining on poor communities. He knew that more needed to be done, so he pursued law school. “I believed that law school would provide me with the tools I needed to more accurately address the problems I witnessed,” he said.

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Examine the Scope of Student Loan Borrower Distress

December 13, 2012

It's no secret that many borrowers are struggling to pay off their student loans. In the past, the Student Loan Ranger has discussed rising default rates.

The equally-telling deferment, forbearance, and delinquency rates also continue to rise, and reporting from the Chronicle of Higher Education suggests that even the new and sobering Department of Education three-year cohort default rates actually under-report the financial distress of borrowers.

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Guest Post: Restoring Access to Voting Rights for All

December 11, 2012

President Obama’s opening remarks during his November 6 acceptance speech could not have echoed more deeply for voting rights advocates.   Despite much-discussed record levels of participation among African American and Latino voters this year—persistent voting-related barriers ranging from labyrinthine registration and voting procedures to third-party intimidation, risked preventing historically disenfranchised voters from casting ballots.

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Fellow Fridays: Equal Justice Works Alumnus JR LaPlante

December 7, 2012

As a 2009 Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow serving with the South Dakota Access to Justice, JR’s focus was on estate planning for Native Americans. The American Indian Probate Reform Act of 2004 provided forced sales of individual land trusts when an Indian dies intestate (without a will). Due to the lack of estate planning services, this led to the continued dilution of Indian interest in their own land.

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Some Employers Assist With Student Debt Payments

December 6, 2012

Many different voices have expressed their thoughts on whether and how to address the ever-rising student debt levels. The Student Loan Ranger could go on about why we need relief and which solution(s) are best, but we like to keep it real here, so we'll try to stay focused on some tangible help out there for student loan borrowers. This week, we'll highlight employer-based relief. Some employers may simply pay or reimburse the full cost of tuition, but the most common form of relief available from employers is loan repayment assistance programs (LRAPs).

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10 Tips for Surviving Final Exams

December 4, 2012

Final exams are one of the most stressful times during law school.  We polled all of our Facebook fans, Twitter followers, and Equal Justice Works staff and friends, and compiled the most well-loved tips for surviving your finals. We hope this advice will help you get through this tough time. Hang in there!

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