Blog Archives for May 2014

Graham Bowman (’13) Helps Champion State Legislation for Minors in Need of Access to Health Care

May 29, 2014

Graham Bowman (’13) Helps Champion State Legislation for Minors in Need of Access to Health Care

Less than a year into his 2013 Equal Justice Works Fellowship at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH), Graham Bowman has already contributed to a major legislative victory: the passage of HB 4501, which authorizes minors, ages 14-18, to give consent for non-emergency medical treatments. On May 21, 2014, the bill received unanimous support in the Illinois State House. Graham played a key role and drafted legislative language.  His colleague, CCH Policy Specialist Jennifer Cushman, led the lobbying effort to acquire more than 20 organizations to sign on for the bill’s adoption.

Above (left to right):  Graham Bowman, Telva Urban, Illinois State Senator Heather Steans and Jennifer Cushman in Springfield on May 6, 2014. Photo courtesy of the Chicago Coalition for the Homelessness.

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Lan Diep (’11) Gives Back to BP Oil Spill Victims and Beyond for Vietnamese Community

May 20, 2014

As we recognize Asian American Heritage Month this month, former Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow Lân Diệp (’11) shared pictures that capture his continued effort to give back to many communities in need, including Vietnamese Americans. 

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Joanna Cuevas Ingram Successfully Advocates for Voting Rights Restoration in California

May 15, 2014

Equal Justice Works Voting Rights Fellow Joanna Cuevas Ingram is celebrating a major victory for California voters. On May 7, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo ordered the restoration of voting rights for tens of thousands of Californians in his decision in Scott v. Bowen. The complaint in the case, which Joanna helped draft, charged that California Secretary of State Debra Bowen unlawfully stripped the fundamental right to vote from several thousand citizens in 2011. Judge Grillo’s ruling called for the restoration of these rights—a major victory for access to equal justice for all Californians.

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Fellow Friday: Samantha Rumsey to Lead Greenberg Traurig Pro Bono Signature Initiative

May 8, 2014

Last month, international law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP announced that Equal Justice Works Fellow Samantha Rumsey will lead the firm’s newly-launched signature pro bono initiative to provide free legal assistance to immigrant children facing deportation.  Samantha’s full-time, two-year fellowship will allow her to focus her talent and commitment on the important work of advocating for unaccompanied minor immigrants, a vulnerable and growing population in need of immediate legal help and advocacy. Under Samantha’s focused leadership, the project will take advantage of the Greenberg Traurig’s breadth and resources in order to effect major, lasting change for children who deserve a better life.

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AmeriCorps Awards Equal Justice Works with Grant to fund Employment Opportunity Legal Corps

May 7, 2014
AmeriCorps has awarded Equal Justice Works a grant to fund the Employment Opportunity Legal Corps, which will be the largest single deployment of 40 lawyers and about 100 law students to work on removing barriers to employment. This issue disproportionately affects African American males, half of whom are arrested at least once before the age of 23, compared to 40% of white males. Forty states currently allow for the removal of minor infractions from public records, but legal assistance is required to do so. 

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Guest Blog: Graham Bowman Expands Health Care Rights to Chicago Homeless Youth

May 2, 2014

This is a guest blog post from 2013 Equal Justice Works Fellow Graham Bowman, sponsored by Pfizer, Inc. and Jackson Lewis P.C.  He is currently working to ensure that homeless youth have access to health care services at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.  Below he highlights a few of his accomplishments and illustrates how he has impacted the Chicago community.

“Where did you spend the night when the temperature was well below zero?”

This was the question that I tend to ask, when coming across individuals like my recent client, who had no home and was stuck outside in freezing temperatures.  My client was grappling with severe injuries, surviving on the streets of the windy city of Chicago that night.  The homeless youth had not received treatment of any kind and was not even taking basic medication to deal with the extreme injuries caused by the cold, which were at risk of infection.  My client desperately needed antibiotics and pain medication immediately.

Left: Equal Justice Works Fellow Graham Bowman (’13) and Emily Werger, Drop-in Coordinator for Casa Corazone at La Casa Norte, one of the legal clinics sites in Chicago, IL.

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