Blog Archives for November 2013

Guest post: Why Should Lawyers Serve Veterans?

November 22, 2013

This is a guest post by 2013 Equal Justice Works Fellow Leo Flor.

In 2010, I left the Army after eight years and started law school at the University of Washington in Seattle. During January of my 1L year, I volunteered as a student law clerk for Lauren Peach, a 2010 AmeriCorps Veterans Legal Fellow working at the Northwest Justice Project. I was immediately hooked, and I spent the rest of my time in law school focused on learning to use the law to help veterans. I now have the privilege of continuing this work for justice-involved veterans at Northwest Justice Project as a 2013 Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by Microsoft and Fenwick & West LLP.

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Alumna Coco Culhane Continues to Help Underserved Veterans in New York City

November 15, 2013

As she began her second year of law school, Coco Culhane learned about Veterans for Common Sense v. Peake, the case in which veterans sued the VA over the lack of mental health care provided for soldiers.  Stunned to learn that there are about 18 suicides per day among America’s 25 million veterans, Coco was compelled to find out how she could use her legal education to help. She researched internship opportunities at places that solely provided legal services to veterans. Not one such organization existed.

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Study: Student Debt Increasing for Four-Year Graduates

November 14, 2013

This October, the U.S. Department of Education released the brief report "Degrees of Debt." The report compares the effects of student debt on three cohorts of students who received a bachelor's degree over a 15-year period, and has some interesting – and in one case surprising – findings.

The three cohorts examined in the report graduated in 1992-1993, 1999-2000 and 2007-2008. The 2007-2008 cohort graduated during the Great Recession, which may influence some of the numbers.

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Equal Justice Works 2013 Conference and Career Fair Recap

November 12, 2013

The Road Less Traveled: The Path to Public Interest

Interviews, Networking, Workshops, Oh My!

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Veterans Serving Veterans: Veterans Legal Corps Fellow Daniel Triplett serves homeless and at-risk Veterans in Santa Ana, CA

November 8, 2013

This year Equal Justice Works launched the Veterans Legal Corps, an initiative supported by AmeriCorps that has sent 36 lawyers into the field to assist veterans with legal issues. Veterans frequently face complicated legal problems stemming from physical and mental injuries sustained during military service, and an annual survey by the VA shows legal needs are among the top unmet needs of homeless and low-income veterans. Some of the members of the Veterans Legal Corps are also military veterans, and they bring a unique perspective to these legal issues. One such veteran is 2013 Veterans Legal Corps Fellow Daniel Triplett, Jr., a veteran of the Air Force Reserve and Army National Guard.

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New Gainful Employment Rules May Affect College Programs

November 7, 2013

The last time the Student Loan Ranger talked about gainful employment regulations for colleges was in 2012, when the regulations were briefly slated to take effect and then were abruptly put on hold after a district judge vacated portions of them.

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