Blog Archives for September 2013

A public interest law career committed to LGBT issues continues to thrive

September 27, 2013

In 2010, Chase Strangio became an Equal Justice Works Fellow at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP), a collectively-run organization in New York City working to ensure that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination or violence. Chase’s fellowship project focused on the mental health needs of transgender, gender non-conforming, and intersex (TGNCI) individuals in prison, jail, immigration, and psychiatric hospital settings. Chase says, “I went to law school because I wanted to do legal work with LGBT communities with a focus on the experiences and legal support needs of transgender communities in particular. My Fellowship allowed me to begin this work right after I graduated from law school at an organization I had long admired.”

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Proposed Oregon Student Loan Alternative Offers Pluses, Minuses

September 26, 2013

Last week we talked about aventure capital company that plans to help students and graduates pay for higher education by providing funds in return for a share of future income. Of course, this is not a funding model that is limited to private companies.

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Innovative medical-legal partnership helps hospital patients access legal assistance

September 20, 2013

Growing up in India, Sunny Desai saw first-hand the human consequences of people lacking basic healthcare. When he moved to America, while the situation was less dire, he saw that many low-income and rural communities were experiencing similar hardships. He knew lawyers could make a difference in helping these people access healthcare so he set out for law school at the University of Illinois College of Law. Sunny is currently an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow at Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation in Champaign, IL.

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Explore Startup-Style Funding for Students

September 19, 2013

Education is a quasi-public good: your education benefits society, but you pay for it, "consume" it and in doing so, make it unavailable for others. As a result, there are opportunities for the private sector to partially supply it when there is an opportunity to make a profit – see, for example, charter schools.

The latest iteration of this is Upstart – its nifty slogan is "the startup is you" – which provides venture capital funding in return for a share of your future income.

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Then and now: reflections from an inaugural Equal Justice Works Fellow

September 13, 2013

Manuel Duran, an alumnus from the first class of Equal Justice Works Fellows, still remembers the excitement he had when he helped his first client. “My fellowship was an opportunity to wage war against the injustices I saw taking place,” he said. Like many passionate public interest lawyers, Manuel saw a pressing need he wanted to tackle.

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How Obama's College Cost Plan Could Affect Student Borrowers

September 12, 2013

The White House released its plan to make college more affordable last month. It's ambitious, bound to be controversial, especially among colleges, and many of its key provisions will require Congressional action, which is never a given these days.

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Limit Student Loans to Increase Chances of Startup Success

September 6, 2013

The Student Loan Ranger has written before about how student loans may be prolonging the recession and the New York Times and others have opined that it may be a drag on the economy. Recently the Wall Street Journal reporter Ruth Simon dug deeper to explore how student loans are specifically affecting entrepreneurs.

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